By Marika Sboros
If you’re expecting scientific consensus on just what constitutes a “healthy diet” in 2018, don’t hold your breath. Many doctors and dietitians continue to dish up conventional advice that other experts say is dangerous. They go further and say that the notion of a healthy diet is one of modern medicine’s biggest “mistakes”.
A new book reveals who is behind that big mistake and why so many keep making it. It is Healthy Eating: The Big Mistake by Dr Verner Wheelock. The subtitle speaks volumes: How modern medicine has got it wrong about diabetes, cholesterol, cancer, Alzheimer’s and obesity.
It is an important read. Publishers Columbus have made Healthy Eating: The Big Mistake heavily discounted on Kindle and in print on the book’s website for January 2018.
Of course, you could accuse me of bias as I contributed a chapter for the book and helped to edit it. However, other reviewers have been positive. On his blog, Award-winning British health journalist Jerome Burne says that if you really want to know about a truly healthy diet Wheelock’s book is “a good, if firmly partisan, place to start”.
Burne is well versed in nutrition science controversies. “You might also expect nutrition to be a relatively calm and stable profession, perhaps even a little dull. But you’d be very wrong,” he says.
Ongoing disputes about carbs and fats
Behind the scenes disputes about carbs, fats rage and a healthy diet, Burne says. Scientists are continually caught up in Twitter storms, hurling accusations of fake results and bad science at one another. Looming behind them are billion-dollar food corporations. with “large strong commercial interests in an approach devoted to cutting back on fats and increasing carbohydrates”, he says.
He calls Wheelock a “firmly committed member of the independent researchers trying to overthrow (the conventional) low-fat, high-carbs hypothesis”.
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Wheelock is an experienced food scientist with chemistry and agricultural chemistry degrees from Queen’s University. He also spent five years at the National Institute for Research in Dairying. His PhD is from the University of Reading. A period at the University of Bradford, followed, where he established the Food Policy Research Unit. The unit’s focus was research into food production and consumption.
He freely admits that he once bought fully into low-fat, high-carb dietary dogma. In the book, he focuses on the fundamental flaw in conventional dietary guidelines and the chronic lack of robust evidence supporting them.
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Over the years, he also became increasingly concerned about food and drug industry influence on official dietary advice.
In the book, Wheelock makes the scientific case for an urgent revision of official dietary advice in the UK. Thus, its message has global relevance.
Old and new ground
To that end, he goes over new and old scientific ground.
Along the way, he
- Dissects original scientific evidence on which official dietary guidelines are based;
- Dispels accepted myths about “good” and “bad” cholesterol;
- Demonstrates how low-fat, high-carb diets have compounded the obesity crisis;
- Examines the effect of big industry, bad science and arrogance on the nation’s health;
- Shows how the widely accepted dietary advice for those with cancer, dementia, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity is wrong;
- Reviews recent research to show the positive effects of an alternative approach for health and wellbeing.
His focus throughout is on the benefits of foods low in sugar and other carbohydrates and high in healthy fats. In other words, Wheelock advocates for low-carb, high-healthy-fat (LCHF) eating regimens.
That’s a function of his work promoting LCHF to treat and prevent types 2 diabetes. He sees diabetes as a modern-day scourge but also the tip of the iceberg. Those with type 2 diabetes also have a much higher risk of developing other common chronic diseases. These include heart disease, various cancers and Alzheimer’s Disease.
At the same time, many people are discovering that they can control their diseases or even reverse their conditions completely, he says. And they can do so “simply by following advice in direct conflict with the official line”.
In the book, Wheelock shows how animal foods contain many individual fats that are valuable nutrients in their own right. He also shows that most people are simply not getting enough of them. And the less fat people eat, the more carbohydrates they eat.
Focus on type 2 diabetes
The result: spiralling rates of type 2 diabetes worldwide.
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He explains in the book that type 2 diabetes results from “quite simply an excess of glucose in the blood”. The cause: a high consumption of sugar and carbohydrates. The solution is obvious: eat less sugar and carbohydrates.”
Therefore, he hones in on the real “big mistake”: many doctors and dietitians still encourage people to follow official advice to increase carbohydrates and reduce fat.
Wheelock hopes that readers will see the faults in official nutrition advice. And therefore, they will be more likely to find their best way forward to achieve truly “healthy eating”.
- Healthy Eating: The Big Mistake is available now from http://thebighealthyeatingmistake.co.uk/
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