Low Carb, High Fat Diets: Why the fuss?

We've come to eat fake food with fake fat, instead of real food with real fat. - Dr. Eric Westman

Tim Noakes' 'Banting Diet' has been all the fad since he first introduced it in his book "_The Real Meal Revolution" _last year.

One of the reasons that the Banting diet has changed the way people eat is because it condemns the old myth that fat is a no-go, the diet espouses a low-carb and high fat intake.

Noakes has been called irresponsible, unscientific and a charlatan by medical professionals for "inventing" a diet.

This week, Redi Tlhabi spoke to American researcher, clinician and specialist in low-carb nutrition Dr. Eric Westman who is in the country for the first ever "International Low Carb", Old Mutual Health Convention.

Westman explained that all kinds of animal fat are encouraged for people on the 'Banting diet'. He condemned earlier studies as "weak science" for creating a bad reputation around fat.

The low fat diet didn't help anything, it didn't help reduce heart disease, it didn't reduce obesity, it didn't reduce cancer. That was called the 'Women's Health Initiative Study' and so it was a weak science that got us to fear the fat ... but the studies never showed that it was bad. It's kind of complicated because the science was all kinds of messed up.

Low Carb Nutrition Researcher, Dr. Eric Westman

In light of the flack that Noakes has had to deal with from his colleagues and medical professionals in the past year, Westman explained that he and other Speakers at this year's health convention are here to support Noakes, whose ideas are not new or unique to him.

Westman was merely echoing Noakes' words last year, when members of his faculty at the University of Cape Town first came out against his research. In an interview with Cape Talk's Pippa Hudson he explicitly says that there is no evidence that the low fat diet is better than any other diet.

It is impossible to prove that one diet is better than another, so what happened 30 years ago is the funders of American Research said that 'we will do a fake study, we will tell people what they eat and hope they eat that way' ... so the low fat diet that these people tell us has good evidence for it has no evidence.

Exercise and Sports Science Professor, Tim Noakes

Listen to Westman's conversation with Redi Thlabi, where he explains what the The Old Mutual Health Convention, February 19 - 22, will cover.

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