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Saturday
Aug092014

5 Facts Behind the Low Fat Fallacy

All of you reading today likely qualify as part of the “low-fat” generation. For decades, we’ve seen everything from restaurant offerings to cereal labels tout their “low fat” content as a selling point and personal reassurance that our “choice” would be a healthy one. Far from a mere marketing premise, however, the low fat message was, in fact, a larger shift in our culture’s mindset that would remake our food environment and even influence our health industry for nearly two full generations. The low fat experiment was originally set in motion with the USDA’s landmark Dietary Goals for the United States” issued by the McGovern commission in the late 1970s. In very recent years, however, the tide has been turning as more studies suggest that traditional dietary fats don’t pose the danger we’ve thought! Understandably, we might be skeptical about such a fundamental message being turned on its ear. Where did that original low-fat recommendation come from anyway – and why should we follow a far different call now? Just as we can observe the trajectory of new research findings, we can also return to the original study with a critical eye for where its assertions may have misdirected our culture’s low-fat fixation. Let me share my understanding of that initial research and offer 5 illuminating facts that can put the low-fat fallacy into proper nutritional perspective.

 

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Saturday
Jul072012

Low-Carb vs. Low-Fat — What Does Research Show?

Written By Tom Nikkola - Director of Nutrition and Weight Management

The use of a reduced-carbohydrate diet is surrounded in myth and misunderstanding. Though carbohydrate reduction has been used in practice for more than a couple centuries, only over the past 50 to 60 years has it come under attack as being ineffective or even unhealthy. From personal experience, I know that even many supposed experts in health and fitness perpetuate false information about “going low-carb.”

To satisfy some curiosity as well as to put together a resource I can refer back to when needed, I summarized 14 random, controlled diet trials that compared reduced-carbohydrate diets to low-fat diets. You can download the PDF

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Sunday
Aug082010

Not-So "Healthy" Choices

“No consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitaminwater was a healthy beverage.” So says Coco-Cola attorneys after the company was sued by the Center for Science in the Public Interest for “deceptive and unsubstantiated claims.”(1) According to a CSPI news release, “the company claims that Vitaminwater variously reduces the risk of chronic disease, reduces the risk of eye disease, promotes healthy joints, and supports optimal immune function, and uses the health buzz words such as ‘defense,’ ‘rescue,’ ‘energy,’ and ‘endurance’ on labels.”(2) In reality, the drink is little more than...

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Wednesday
Aug042010

Low-Carb Tops Low-Fat...Again

A new research study presented additional evidence of the benefits of a lower-carb approach to diet. The study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and financially supported by the National Institutes of Health.(1) It compared a calorie-controlled low-fat diet, against a low-carb diet in which participants were allowed to eat as much protein and fat as they wanted, over a two-year period. The bottom line finding was...

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Sunday
Nov082009

Comparing Low-Fat and Low-Carb

Dr. Atkins may have brought a heightened awareness of the use of low-carbohydrate diets, but their use in weight-loss is hardly new. They have been used in clinical practice since the 1800s. However, if you ask the average person about whether they are safe or healthy, you'll receive quite a mix of responses. More than likely, most people will say they are...

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