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Good News for LCHF

While most of my recent posts have focused on the problems with studies, recommendations, and guidelines, I’m happy to say that there has been some very good news on the low-carb front. The American Diabetes Association’s  position paper on nutrition recommendations for people with diabetes When I initially read this document, I was disappointed by [...]

All in Favor of Changing the US Dietary Guidelines
and MyPlate?

March is National Nutrition Month, and March 12 is National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day. So around this time of year, I get a lot of emails offering special deals on promotional items like nutrition posters, handouts, food models, games, books, etc. I rarely purchase them because their message is so far removed from my own [...]

Ketogenic Diet vs. Low-Carb Diet: A Personal Choice

Fruit with whipped cream: too many carbs? Ketogenic diets (aka keto diets, nutritional ketosis or NK) are currently all the rage, and for good reason. As I wrote in a previous post a few weeks ago, very-low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diets (VLCKDs) are extremely effective for weight loss and diabetes, among other things. There’s also emerging evidence suggesting they [...]

People with Diabetes Need Balanced Snacks, Right?

Wrong. People with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes don’t require snacks, and anything eaten between meals should contain as few carbohydrates as possible. I recently joined Pinterest and came across  this link as I was looking  for images to pin to my “Healthy Low Carb Board”:  10 Low-Carb Snack Ideas for People with Diabetes.  Looking at [...]

Very-Low-Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diets for Weight Loss and Maintenance: Looking at the Evidence

After following a very-low-carb ketogenic diet (VLCKD) consistently for the past year and a half, I’m happy to report that I have only positive things to say about my experience. Better energy, excellent blood glucose control, effortless weight maintenance, and more satisfaction with this way of eating than I’ve ever observed in the past. I [...]

Why Are Many Dietitians So Critical of Low-Carbohydrate Diets?

As someone who tries to read a wide variety of blogs devoted to carb restriction, I often see negative statements about dietitians not understanding the science behind energy balance, hormonal regulation, and blood glucose control.  I frequently get e-mail from people saying something to the effect of, “I didn’t know there was such a thing [...]

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