IS CHOCOLATE GOOD FOR YOUR HEART?

A recent study from the University of Cambridge in the UK suggests that eating lots of chocolate may prevent heart disease. The report was published in the August 29, 2011 online edition of the British Medical Journal. Chocolate has been linked to health benefits before, but in this analysis of recent studies, researchers found that those who ate the most chocolate reduced their risk for heart disease by one-third. Dr. Oscar H. Franco and his team did a meta-analysis of seven published medical studies that…

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FINALLY: A PUBLIC FORUM TO DEBATE THE MERITS OF LOW CARB!

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In the talk he gave on last year’s cruise, Tom Naughton suggested a way to bring the obesity epidemic to a screeching halt: one of us should sue Dr. Mary Vernon for malpractice. It was just such a scenario that led to a dramatic change in the eating habits of the Swedish people. Dr. Anna Dahlqvist was forced to defend her practice of treating diabetic patients with a low-carb diet after a pair of dietitians reported her to the authorities. They accused her of harming…

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Response to: “The New Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, The Nutritional Law of the Land”

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The March issue of The Front Burner, published by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, included an article by Michelle Dudash titled, “The New Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010: ‘The Nutritional Law of the Land,’” with advice about how we can help implement the recommendations. This is my response: The first Dietary Goals for Americans in 1977 (1.) told us to eat more carbohydrates and less fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and salt. This same advice, carried to further extremes, is served up in the 2010 Dietary…

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LESSONS ABOUT OBESITY FROM FAT MONKEYS

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An experimental drug that dramatically reduced the appetite of rodents caused obese baboons to double or triple their food intake and is now being considered as a treatment for cancer patients and those who need to gain weight. Monkeys are better research models because they are more like humans than rats or mice, not only physiologically, but also in eating behavior; they will eat when they are bored, even if they are not hungry. Fat monkeys are providing some interesting findings about what causes obesity…

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GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS

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The February issue of Reader’s Digest features a smiley face made out of two eggs and a strip of bacon. The headline reads: “Eat This, Lose Weight; The New Science of Dieting.” The bacon and egg face is a parody of the frowney face on the cover of the March 26, 1984 Time Magazine. The headline then was: “Cholesterol, and Now the Bad News.” Inside, an article titled, “Hold the Eggs and Butter,” started with the following statement: “Cholesterol is proved deadly, and our diet…

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THE AMAZING BENEFITS OF CARBOHYDRATE RESTRICTION

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Do you find it hard to stick to your low-carb regimen over the holidays? Just reviewing the benefits of carb restriction is enough to renew my resolve in the face of temptation. Here are some of the stories that have been making news recently about the advantages of low carb living. Be sure to read all the way to the end of this post; I saved the best for last. And, in case you missed it, here is the link to a great article that…

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KETOSIS OR KETOACIDOSIS?

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I picked up a little booklet in the waiting room at the doctor’s office yesterday. It was an ad for the latest edition of Outsmart Diabetes 1-2-3 from the editors of Prevention Magazine. It contained a lot of info-mercial style teasers about all the wonderful secrets that will be revealed to those who buy the book, such as: “Reverse the Rising Tide of Blood Sugar FAST!…Check out page 246…” “…People who walk at least a certain distance every day are fully one-third less likely to…

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THE FOSTER STUDY: “A LOW-CARB DIET IS ASSOCIATED WITH FAVORABLE CHANGES IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE RISK FACTORS AT 2 YEARS.”

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You have probably read about the Foster study by now. It has gotten a lot of press coverage and most of the headlines mention that it shows that a low-carb diet is good for the heart. We should all rejoice that that message is (finally!) getting out. The improvements in blood lipid profiles were just too dramatic to be explained away (probably not for lack of trying). But when it comes to weight loss, we hear the same old refrain, “no difference in low fat…

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ICE CREAM, MILK FAT, AND HOGS

A fellow low-carber who is still mourning the loss of Watch’n Carbs, the low-carb ice cream recently discontinued by Lucerne, sent me a message about his latest discovery. He was excited that he had found a sucalose-sweetened ice cream at a Ben and Jerry’s stand at the airport. With guarded optimism, I checked their website: The first flavor listed on their nutrition info chart was Butter Pecan. It had 17 grams of carbohydrate and zero fiber, so a net of 17 grams. The very last…

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LAST DAY FOR COMMENTS ON USDA GUIDELINES

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July 15th is the last day to submit your comments to the USDA about their new food guidelines. I urge you to please speak out before this travesty is finalized. You are limited to 2,000 characters or less, and they seem to count spaces. If you want to send a longer message, you can send it as an attachment. I thought people would be more likely to read it if they didn’t have to open anything, so I worked really hard to get my comment…

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HARVARD STUDY IMPLICATES SALT AND NITRITES, EXONERATES RED MEAT

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A new study published in the journal Circulation says that red meat is not the cause of heart disease and diabetes. Lead author of the study, Renata Micha, of the Harvard School of Public Health, said, “Although most dietary guidelines recommend reducing meat consumption, prior individual studies have shown mixed results for relationships between meat consumption and cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.…Most prior studies also did not separately consider the health effects of eating unprocessed red versus processed meats.…Processed meats such as bacon, salami, sausages, hot…

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