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Fat vs carbs: What’s really worse for your health?

For the last 12 years I have eaten animal fats in favour of carbohydrates, believing them to be better for me. I had some blood tests a few weeks ago for a standard check up and my cholesterol level was 5.3 overall. 0.3 over the recommended level for LDL (what doctors like to call bad cholesterol – but we can’t live without it and 0.3 is nothing)
My blood pressure was an optimum 120/70 and my weight of 60kgs is perfect for my 5′ 6″ height. I will be 60 years old later this year but I don’t feel it and most people say I look nothing like it. I feel great on my low carb diet without worrying about saturated fats. me-59

If you look at it logically. The people living today who are in their 90’s and up, were brought up on animal fats and a shortage of sugary foods. They didn’t live on takeaways packed full of carbohydrates. They couldn’t afford it for one thing and we didn’t have a lot of take aways until the 80’s. The only place to walk away with some food was a fish and chip shop and that was a treat once in a while. Fizzy drinks were also a luxury. I was allowed one small glass of pop on a Sunday with my roast dinner. The beef dripping was used to roast the potatoes and make Yorkshire puddings. I had Coca Cola about twice a year.

In New Scientist this week:

“PEOPLE have told me what I do is dangerous. They have walked away from me at meetings,” says David Unwin, a doctor practising in Southport, UK. Unwin suggests to his patients with type 2 diabetes or who want to lose weight that they do the opposite of what official health advice recommends. He advises them to stop counting calories, eat high-fat foods – including saturated fats – and avoid carbohydrates, namely sugar and starch. Telling people to avoid sugar is uncontroversial; the rest is medical heresy.

But crazy as it sounds, Unwin has found that most of his diabetes patients who follow this advice are getting their blood sugar back under control, and that some are coming off medication they have relied on for years. Those who are overweight are slimming down.

This might seem like just another controversial fad diet, but a growing number of researchers, doctors and nutritionists around the world are backing it, and reporting their findings in peer-reviewed medical journals. Last month, the National Obesity Forum, a UK body for health professionals involved in weight management, made headlines when it overhauled its advice, telling people to ditch calorie-counting, low-fat foods and carbs in favour of fats.

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The Art & Science of Low Carbohydrate Living

The art and science of low carbohydrate living

Carbohydrate restricted diets are commonly practiced but seldom taught. As a result, doctors, dietitians, nutritionists, and nurses may have strong opinions about low carbohydrate dieting, but in many if not most cases, these views are not grounded in science. Now, whether you are a curious healthcare professional or just a connoisseur of diet information, two New York Times best selling authors provide you with the definitive resource for low carbohydrate living. Doctors Volek and Phinney share over 50 years of clinical experience using low carbohydrate diets, and together they have published more than 200 research papers and chapters on the topic. Particularly in the last decade, much has been learned about the risks associated with insulin resistance (including but not limited to metabolic syndrome, hypertension, and type-2 diabetes), and how this condition is far better controlled by carbohydrate restriction than with drugs. In this book, you will learn why: • Carbohydrate restriction is the proverbial ‘silver bullet’ for managing insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes.

The Great Cholesterol Con

Statins are the so-called wonder drugs widely prescribed to lower blood cholesterol levels and claim to offer unparalleled protection against heart disease. Believed to be completely safe and capable of preventing a whole series of other conditions, they are the most profitable drug in the history of medicine. In this groundbreaking book, GP Malcolm Kendrick exposes the truth behind the hype, revealing: high cholesterol levels don’t cause heart disease; a high-fat diet – saturated or otherwise – does not affect blood cholesterol levels; and, the protection provided by statins is so small as to be not worth bothering about for most men and all women.