"The theory that blood cholesterol and a high fat diet are the causes of heart disease will be one of the greatest errors in the history of medicine." With a statement like this it's no wonder that Prof Tim Noakes has been heavily criticised for starting an eating revolution with Cape Town as its hub. But which side are you on? That is why the First International Low Carb High Fat Health Summit has come about: to create a platform for debate and the sharing of the science.
Cape Town sports scientist Prof Tim Noakes is in great shape. At 65, after four years on his low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet, his energy levels are stratospheric, and his running has improved spectacularly. Here Noakes clarifies fundamentals of his diet.
As we all know in South Africa, Prof Tim Noakes has been, and still is, demonised for changing his mind a few years ago on the role of carbohydrates in the diet in favour of a low-carb, high-fat (LCHF, also known as Banting) diet for people who are insulin resistant or diabetic. Now, a small but significant study by US scientist, Dr Jeff Volek, helps to explain why Noakes does indeed have some more science on his side to support his LCHF diet.
Few things are currently being debated as much as "carbs vs fat". This article analyzes and synopsizes the data from 23 peer-reviewed, published studies comparing low-carb and low-fat diets. What comes out best?