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Well, it’s damn-near official:

Processed carbohydrates, which many Americans eat today in place of fat, may increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease more than fat does—a finding that has serious implications for new dietary guidelines expected this year.

In March the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a meta-analysis—which combines data from several studies—that compared the reported daily food intake of nearly 350,000 people against their risk of developing cardiovascular disease over a period of five to 23 years. The analysis…found no association between the amount of saturated fat consumed and the risk of heart disease.

This is not my surprised face. Click here for the run-down at The Scientific American.

The article goes on to recount the comparison of three diets—”a low-fat, calorie-restricted diet based on American Heart Association guidelines; a Mediterranean, restricted-calorie diet rich in vegetables and low in red meat; and a low-carbohydrate, nonrestricted-calorie diet”—and guess who came out on top? [Bold mine.]

I was with them all the way through until the end when they claim, “Nobody is advocating that people start gorging themselves on saturated fats.” Oh really? I do. Just try and overeat that stuff. I dare you. And then of course they have to throw a bone to all the CWers out there: “What is more, some high-fiber carbohydrates are unquestionably good for the body.” Oh yeah? Which ones? I’d love to know what I’m missing.

Luckily for us, our WOE is carb-neutral. We get plenty of healthy carbs from our veggies, fruits, and nuts. But it looks like this is about to go mainstream. I’m not an optimist, but I think change is coming. It will be slow, but it’s coming.


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