By Marika Sboros
Three things embarrass New Zealand-based dietitian and academic Dr Caryn Zinn most these days. At university, she never questioned what lecturers said about diet. In her private practice, she prescribed low-fat diets to adults and children for 15 years. As a university lecturer, she told students low-carb diets were dangerous.
Zinn said this in her evidence led by Advocate Dr Ravin “Rocky” Ramdass, for University of Cape Town emeritus professor Tim Noakes, at the fourth session of Health Professions Council Of SA (HPCSA) hearing against him on October 26.
In Part 1 of a two-part series on her evidence in chief, she explains why she believes that it’s unethical for dieitians who know about LCHF (low-carb, high-fat) not to offer it as an option to patients.