Daily Archives: February 17, 2015
The Swedes Have Got It Right
Almost eight years on, and even now, when I mention to people (because they ask) that I don’t eat rice, wheat, sugar, potatoes (white stuff or brown stuff – don’t be fooled, it’s all bad with white being just a bit worse), they look at me like I have grown two heads.
It’s not like this is a whim. I have read and researched material over the years and believe – without a doubt – that a diet loaded with carbohydrates is bad, bad, BAD for you. Not just for your body but for your brain. If I need to, I can cite results, research, studies and facts, ad nauseam.
In fact, I should be looking at all the carb loaders as if they had grown two heads. All you need to do is see the awful evidence:
How I wish more of the world would learn from Sweden!
Sweden (and yes, I mean the government) today preaches a “LCHF” diet for good health. LCHF = Low Carb, High Fat. Here’s a great article on the topic:
Sweden Becomes First Western Nation to Reject Low-fat Diet Dogma in Favor of Low-carb High-fat Nutrition
And this was not a whim either.
Sweden took this huge step forward based on the results of a commission that looked at over 16,000 studies and confirmed science that has been around for many years (but largely ignored by the rest of the world).
Here’s a quote from Professor Fredrik Nyström, one of the committee members in Sweden :
“I’ve been working with this for so long. It feels great to have this scientific report, and that the skepticism towards low-carb diets among my colleagues has disappeared during the course of the work.
When all recent scientific studies are lined up the result is indisputable: our deep-seated fear of fat is completely unfounded. You don’t get fat from fatty foods, just as you don’t get atherosclerosis from calcium or turn green from green vegetables.”
After two years of studying the issue, the Swedish expert committee published their results and conclusion in September 2013. Lucky for the Swedes, this report from the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment is likely to be the basis for future dietary guidelines for obesity treatment within the Swedish health care system.
How about the rest of the world? Here are two choices for us –
1. The status quo – continue your normal high-carb, low-fat diet and face the consequences with your health
2. Question it and adopt a more scientific and proven method to protect your body and your brain
If you choose not to be stuck in a cave and opt for #2, I recommend that you start here, with the Swedes – read about the expert committee, their recommendation and the rationale behind it.
Once you are more or less convinced of the evidence, you might want to traverse over here: Low Carb, High Fat for Beginners. This is an excellent, excellent site!
There are other forums and resources out there but I chose to stick with the Swedes for now. They are brave and smart enough to turn all the usual suspects and wrong assumptions on their head, and lead the world towards a healthy revolution.
Finally, here’s a point made by the Diet Doctor (Swedish, of course):
It took millions of years for the human revolution to take place. But that last step below – the arrival of the modern obesity epidemic did not take millions of years. It happened barely in a blink of the eye, relatively speaking.
Get informed, click on the picture below to find out why. Surely, you are interested? Surely.