The Low-Carb Fraud

The Low-Carb Fraud

T. Colin Campbell, Howard Jacobson

Language: English

Pages: 96

ISBN: 1940363098

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

By now, the low-carb diet’s refrain is a familiar one:

Bread is bad for you. Fat doesn’t matter. Carbs are the real reason you can’t lose weight.

The low-carb universe Dr. Atkins brought into being continues to expand. Low-carb diets, from South Beach to the Zone and beyond, are still the go-to method for weight-loss for millions. These diets’ marketing may differ, but they all share two crucial components: the condemnation of “carbs” and an emphasis on meat and fat for calories. Even the latest diet trend, the Paleo diet, is—despite its increased focus on (some) whole foods—just another variation on the same carbohydrate fears.

In The Low-Carb Fraud, longtime leader in the nutritional science field T. Colin Campbell (author of The China Study and Whole) outlines where (and how) the low-carb proponents get it wrong: where the belief that carbohydrates are bad came from, and why it persists despite all the evidence to the contrary. The foods we misleadingly refer to as “carbs” aren’t all created equal—and treating them that way has major consequences for our nutritional well-being.

If you’re considering a low-carb diet, read this e-book first. It will change the way you think about what you eat—and how you should be eating, to lose weight and optimize your health, now and for the long term.















protein (the two measures that best represent the differences between these plans and a truly low-fat, low-protein, WFPB diet): fat and protein accounted for 65, 54, 51, and 48 percent of total calories, respectively, which are all far in excess of the WFPB diet’s 22 percent. Of course, there was one scientifically random difference observed at the end of the study: they found a slightly lower body weight for the Atkins Diet than the SAD and Ornish Diets, and this scientifically nonsignificant

research career doing just that); the trouble occurs when we start denying that there is a big picture and stubbornly insist that the narrow reality we see, heavily laden with our own biases and experiences, is all there is. The fancy word for this obsession with minutiae is reductionism. And reductionism comes with its own seductive logic, so that people laboring under its spell can’t even see that there’s another way to look at the world. To reductionists, all other worldviews are

numbers and a few key words or phrases that must be found on the page, and the second is merely an alphabetized bibliography. In effect, there is no direct one-to-one linkage between text citation and bibliography, so it is not obvious when a comment in the text is even being referenced. 22.Not to be confused with brown adipose tissue, mentioned earlier. 23.Keys A.: “Coronary heart disease in seven countries,” Circulation Suppl 1970, 41: I1-I211. 24.Keys A.: Seven Countries: A Multivariate

metabolic thermogenesis, 22 Milton, Katherine (anthropologist), 55 mineral supplements, 38 monosaccharides, 17–18 muscle cramps, 12 NAS report, 36–37, 77 National Cancer Institute (NCI), 36 NCI. See National Cancer Institute (NCI) The New Atkins for a New You (Westman), 8, 53 New England Journal of Medicine “Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet,” 46 nutritional supplementation, 8 nuts, mixed, 46 obesity in adults by U.S. state, 4–5 Ancel Keys’

when processed, isolated, and consumed as a substance separate from that natural state. Dietary fiber is extracted from all kinds of whole plants in order to add it to muffins and other baked goods as “bran.” Marketers then claim health benefits from these baked goods, citing the research evidence on the goodness of fiber. But bran doesn’t help us when it’s been extracted from whole plants and then stuck into processed and fragmented foods like breads and breakfast cereals. Although there is

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