In case you missed any of these newsworthy stories, here is a wrap on the best real-food-more-fat headlines last month.
- BMJ (British Medical Journal) stands up for author/journalist Nina Teicholz, refusing to retract her 2015 article, "The scientific report guiding the US dietary guidelines: is it scientific?" BMJ Editor in Chief, Dr. Fiona Godlee, explains: “We stand by Teicholz’s article with its important critique of the advisory committee’s processes for reviewing the evidence, and we echo her conclusion: ‘Given the ever increasing toll of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, and the failure of existing strategies to make inroads in fighting these diseases, there is an urgent need to provide nutritional advice based on sound science.’” The WSJ reports on Teicholz's victory in this 3.5 min video, "The Battle of Butter."
- American life expectancy is officially on the decline for the first time since 1993. The National Center for Health Statistics announced a small but statistically significant decline, as death rates for most chronic diseases climbed.
- Low-carb rebel, physician, and prominent sports scientist, Tim Noakes, believes "a fat-rich diet helps people lose weight, reduces insulin resistance, and staves off diabetes." Outside Magazine profiles this outspoken leader from South Africa, and explores why he and his ideas have been put on trial.
- Gary Taubes' new book, The Case Against Sugar, was released—a must read. Or, read the summaries in the WSJ (Is Sugar Killing Us?), The Economist (Why Sugar is Bad For You), Men's Journal (The Man Taking Down Big Sugar), or The Atlantic (The Sugar Wars). Perhaps in response, the NYT suggests 'A Month Without Sugar." Meanwhile <sigh>... the sugar industry funds a study, published in a prominent medical journal, that attacks the evidence to support global health advice to eat less sugar.
- Food giant Nestlé announces a new, patented sugar crystal that dissolves quickly and delivers the same level of sweetness for 40% fewer calories. Now that could actually be helpful.
Google News Lab explores the Rhythm of Food. Seasonal search trends come to life with beautiful circle graphs for some of your favorite foods— sadly, graph NOT available for butter.
Time reports on the basics of the ultra low-carb ketogenic diet... and Diet Doctor's Beginners' Guide to Keto offers more details. Plus, two dramatic success stories—a young woman loses 100 pounds with a low-carb, ketogenic diet, while this South African teen and his parents collectively lose over 300 pounds on keto.
From the ETB WALL OF SHAME:
- Kellogg's and Dunkin' Donuts team up to launch two varieties of coffee-inspired Pop-Tarts. Ugh.
- Patients with diabetes continue to receive junk-filled, carb-heavy hospital meals. NOT helpful.
- Melania Trump's taste for platinum brings an uncertain culinary tone to the White House and the country at large.
- Stephen Hawking delivers an erie PSA pep talk, admonishing, 'We eat too much and move too little." Disheartening to see Hawking buy-in to the failed energy balance paradigm of obesity.
- Fresh Del Monte Produce granted FDA approval to sell genetically modified PINK pineapple. Why do we need this?
Finally, for some fun with BUTTER...