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Friday, February 29, 2008

Gary Taubes at Stevens Institute of Technology

Gary Taubes gave a talk earlier this month at Stevens Institute of Technology.

You can watch it on Google video via this link.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Calorielab on why eating fat is good

Calorielab.com isn't a low-carb site, but it covers much that's of interest to low-carbers, Here's an article posted May 21, 2007. The sidebar headline is "Eating Fat is Good For You," by Sara Ost of Mark's Daily Apple.

The lipid-phobe’s guide to dietary fat: 11 ways fat can help you (and 4 ways it can’t hurt you)

Lowcarbarama posted the following comment today:
Lowcarbarama says:
February 23rd, 2008 at 6:34 am

“this wasn’t Atkins (I’m all about the greens), but…”

For several decades, Dr. Robert Atkins promoted eating regular, generous quantities of low-starch vegetables, including greens, as an important part of his nutritional approach. The company he founded continues to do so.

“Fat, while really good for you, adds up fast when compared to boring but filling alternatives. So some people might need to concentrate first on adding lots of bulk in terms of veggies to their diets before they go to wild slathering on the butter and cream sauces, or even the olive oil and nuts.”

This is a common misconception. Lowfat bulky foodstuffs fill the stomach, but don’t satiate. High-fat, low-carb, moderate protein (for instance, 50%-70% fat, and no sugar or starch) will satisfy and satiate at much lower caloric totals. Try it, you’ll see. When you cut the carbs and up the fat, it’s much harder to overeat.

The delicious truth that Sara discovered is that, as long as you restrict sugar and starch, when you allow yourself to eat all the fat you want, you’ll find that you’re eating no more than you should.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Myths surrounding Dr. Atkins's death

In April 2003,just as low-carb was posed to explode onto the mainstream media and diet news scene, Dr. Atkins, who was largely responsible for bringing this approach into view, died.

He slipped on an icy Manhattan sidewalk, hit his head and was dead days later, after languishing in a hospital bed.

Probably because his nutritional approach was controversial, rumors started that it was his diet that killed him. Tragically, this has become a pervasive myth. It's even begun to appear in print over the years that have elapsed since then. At least one diet book critical of his work even uses the phrase "Why Dr. Atkins is dead" as part of its subtitle.

Here's an item on the Smoking Gun web site that clears up the nonstory of what killed Dr. Atkins. Thanks to SkeeterD on the Lowcarbfriends.com forum for posting it there. It includes a facsimile of the doctor's death certificated, which lists "blunt impact injury of head with epidural hematoma" as the cause of death.


Mayor Bloomberg ignorant of Atkins' death cause