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Chapter 3 - the "Modern" History of Carbohydrate Restriction

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This is part 4 of my review in Layman's terms  of the book 'The Art and Science of Low carbohydrate Living' By Jeff S. Volek, PhD, RD & Stephen D. Phinney, MD, PhD






The battle continues between low fat and low carb and even with years of clinical studies and many, many years there are still the ones who insist they are right , which ever way it is. Unfortunately instead of the battle between the  Scientists and Nutritionists , the battle is more to do with politics and ego's.  clear voice is Gary Taubs who started with the Times Magazine article "What If It's Been a Big Fat Lie" that was in 2002.

Banting's Letter on Corpulence

In 1862  surgeon William Harvey came up with a diet for a patient William Banting which would be known as 'the bant'.The diet consisted of meat, fish, poultry, animal and dairy fats with no limits, strictly no sugars or starches. There were the for and against in the medical industry at the time. 

The Eisenhower Opportunity

The president of USA in 1955 Eisenhower had a heart attack , his doctors at the time insisted it was from the fat and cholesterol, even though his cholesterol levels were normal levels. At that time professor Ancel Keys grabbed the opportunity to promote his low fat and low cholesterol theory, this is when saturated fats were demonized. Two massive studies attempted to confirm this theory in the 70's and even though the  results were less than impressive the US government continued to insist that low fat was the healthiest option.

Robert C. Atkins: a Revolution Built upon Historical Rock

In the 1960's  a U.S cardiologist Dr . Robert C. Atkins used restricted carbohydrate dietary advise for his patients with great success, even with him being labeled a quack by his peers. He published his first book 'Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution was released in 1972 and sold millions. 

Senator McGovern's dietary guidelines

Between 1976 - 1980 senator McGovern headed the committee to form the national dietary guidelines and no matter what the science actually showed in was inevitable that reduced dietary fat an