Talking about diets in the last post may have brought to mind the publicity about weight-reducing diets created by a recent Swedish study “Dietary Treatment for Obesity.”
This report, incorrectly described by some of the press as providing national guidelines, has been interpreted as earth-shaking in turning conventional wisdom on its head by advocating a switch from low-fat to high-fat/low-carb nutrition.
Help yourself: Swedish meat balls:
pork and beef with lots of cream
But did it really say anything remotely revolutionary? Well, no. First, it was concerned only with diets aimed at reducing weight for obese people – and the central point was that a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet, was the most effective in the short-term – over about 6 months – after which there’s not much difference compared with other dietary regimens.
So to summarise: eating lots of sugar and starch is bad for you – as anyone with much of a clue about metabolism knew anyway (see Biting the Bitter Bullet & A Small Helping For Australia) – and substituting artificial sweeteners won’t help either (The Best Laid Plans in Mice and Men..).
SBU. Food in obesity. A systematic literature review. Stockholm: Swedish Council on Technology Assessment in Health Care (SBU); 2013. SBU Report No. 218. ISBN 978-91-85413-59-1.