This Is What We’re Up Against, Part Five

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Here are more “this is what we’re up against” items from the news sent to me by readers:

The Diabetic Diet

By the diabetic diet, I of course mean a diet that will help you become a diabetic … even though that’s not quite what the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse had in mind when designing it.

In case you somehow overlooked it among the many other federal health agencies, the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NCD) is a division of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), which is a division of National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Ya know, I think what would really improve the nation’s health (NH) would be to add a few more layers (FML) to the federal government’s health bureaucracy (FGHB).  After all, they’ve done such a bang-up job (BUJ) reversing obesity and diabetes over the years.

Anyway, here’s how NCD (a division of NIDDK) is telling people to eat to manage their diabetes:

Healthful eating helps keep your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, in your target range. Physical activity and, if needed, diabetes medicines also help. The diabetes target range is the blood glucose level suggested by diabetes experts for good health. You can help prevent health problems by keeping your blood glucose levels on target.

So far, so good.  But what exactly is the target glucose level suggested by experts?

Target Blood Glucose Levels for People with Diabetes
Before meals: 70 to 130
1 to 2 hours after a meal: less than 180

Well, there you have it, folks:  Diabetics should aim for post-meal glucose levels that are well into the “diabetic” range.  I guess that “if needed, diabetes medicines also help” statement is more like a prediction than a suggestion.  Of course, you pretty much have to set high blood sugar targets when your recommended diet looks like this:

Choose this many servings from these food groups to have 2,000 to 2,400 calories a day:

  • 10 starches
  • 4 vegetables
  • 5 to 7 ounces meat and meat substitutes
  • 2 milks
  • 4 fruits
  • up to 5 fats

Ten starches and four fruits.  Good luck keeping your blood sugar below 180 if you’re already battling diabetes or pre-diabetes.  For the diabetics who are more visually oriented, the NCD (a division of NIDDK) provided this helpful graphic as well:

Well, I can see why they grouped fats and sweets in the same category.  They have nearly opposite effects on your blood sugar, but the important thing is that they both have an S and a T in their names.  Put a couple more letters in between those, and you can spell out what I think of the advice handed out by NCD (a division of NIDDK).

Heart UK’s Ultimate Diet Plan

Britain’s equivalent (I guess) of the American Heart Association refers to itself in press releases as Heart UK – UK’s leading cholesterol charity.  I was of course pleased to see that description.  There are millions of people around the world who can’t afford foods high in cholesterol, and I’m all in favor helping them out.  I’ll happily donate 100 dozen eggs.

Unfortunately, it turns out the cholesterol charity is anti-cholesterol, and they’re promoting a diet to lower cholesterol levels.  Here’s their plan to “revolutionize heart health in the UK”:

Step 1 – Motivational behaviour strategies to drive dietary success and reverse negative consumption patterns.

Here’s the behavior strategy you need to adopt:  go to the pantry and throw out everything that includes sugar or white flour.  Then walk to the fridge and find some meat and eggs.  Cook the eggs and meat and eat them.  Then you’ll feel motivated.

Step 2 – Reducing saturated fat without compromising on treats and taste. Swapping a chocolate éclair for a hot cross bun is not life changing but the 93% saturated fat drop makes the life-saving recommendation to drop our saturated fat intake so much more achievable.

So a chocolate éclair is the key to avoiding heart disease, is it?  Next you’ll be telling me to eat soy.

Steps 3, 4, 5, 6 – A pick ‘n’ mix of four cholesterol-busting foods!

  • Soya foods e.g. soya milk and yogurt alternatives
  • Products with plant sterols/stanols e.g. Alpro soya plus milk alternative, cholesterol ­lowering spreads, cholesterol-lowering yogurts.
  • Nuts
  • Soluble fibre from oats, other whole grain foods and beans and pulses.


They should’ve listed “nuts” last -– as a polite commentary on everything above it.  Still, one out of four ain’t a bad hit-to-miss ratio for the typical do-gooder health charity.  (I’m assuming the nuts weren’t roasted in some horrible vegetable oil.)  As for the soy, absolutely, go for it … because what the world needs now is more men with boobs –- they’ll be more understanding when their daughters start puberty.

I must say, though, I can’t help but wonder why Heart UK – the cholesterol charity is so high on soy milk.

The UCLP Ultimate Teaching Tool is available to all health professionals free of charge. The UCLP has been funded by an educational grant from Alpro soya UK.

Boy, it’s really generous of Alpro soya UK to provide health professions with free literature recommending Alpro soya UK products to their patients.  But if they were really smart, they’d team up with whichever company  finally manufactures the manssiere.

Over the Counter Lipitor?

Surprise, surprise … now that the patent on Lipitor is due to expire, Pfizer is hoping to sell the stuff over the counter.

Selling a version of the drug to consumers without a prescription would allow Pfizer to retain some of the $11 billion in annual revenue that Lipitor has been generating.

However, a nonprescription version would not be available immediately after the patent on Lipitor expires because Pfizer would first have to convince the Food and Drug Administration that consumers could take the drug without a doctor’s supervision.

That’s a bit like worrying that heroin addicts may shoot up without a drug-dealer’s supervision.

An over-the-counter version of Lipitor would no doubt be welcomed by insurers because it would cost less.

I can see the advantage there.  Ruining your muscles and your memory shouldn’t be expensive.  You’ll need to save as much money as possible to pay for the walkers and the Alzheimer’s care.

In the past, the F.D.A. advisers have been concerned that over-the counter versions of statins could not be used safely, that some patients who did not need the drugs would take them.

I’d be worried about that too.  It’s much better to have doctors prescribe cholesterol-lowering drugs to people who don’t need them.

Since high cholesterol is a symptomless condition, consumers would not know whether the drug was working without having their cholesterol checked periodically.

Don’t be silly … of course consumers will know if the Lipitor is working.  They’ll wake up in the morning and say, “Holy crap, my muscles and joints are killing me!  It must be the … the … Honey, what’s the name of that stuff I’ve been taking?”

MSN – the More S@#$ Network

MSN Health is, in my opinion, one of the worst offenders when it comes to handing out lousy dietary advice.  Here are a couple of gems from a recent online article titled Get a Grip! 9 easy ways to help lower your cholesterol right now:

5. Double cholesterol whammy.  Dietary cholesterol can elevate your blood cholesterol levels, but saturated fat has an even worse effect. However, the two are often found in the same foods, including meat, butter and full-fat dairy. So by limiting your intake of foods rich in saturated fat, you’ll also help reduce your intake of cholesterol.

Even Ancel Keys, the Grand Poopah of Lipophobes, admitted that dietary cholesterol has no effect on the cholesterol level if your blood.  As for saturated fat, yes, it will raise your cholesterol … specifically, your HDL and your large, fluffy LDL.  Those are both beneficial.

9. Check for tropical oils. Lots of products are now “trans-fat free” but in some cases, these fats are being replaced with saturated fats, such as palm and coconut oils. You may have heard that palm and coconut oils do not negatively affect cholesterol levels, but the research isn’t conclusive and palm kernel oil contains 80 percent saturated fat. Instead, look for products that use polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which help lower LDL cholesterol.

Hey, now there’s a technique all the bad scientists can applaud:  if a study doesn’t show what you want it to show, simply label the results as “inconclusive.”  I’ve got news for you:  if palm kernel oil and coconut oil did raise cholesterol, the results of those studies would be conclusive.

The Coconut Oil Supermodel

At least someone who spends a lot of time in her underwear knows not to fear coconut oil.

When a Victoria’s Secret runway model confesses her beauty secret, women will undoubtedly listen. Coconut oil is the new buzz in the beauty world, and now it’s been revealed that supermodel Miranda Kerr swears by it. She says that her shiny hair, perfect skin, and svelte body are the results of healthy living and daily use of this good oil.

Miranda Kerr, who famously bounced back to her pre-baby body just weeks after giving birth to her first child with actor Orlando Bloom, confesses in Daily Mail that her beauty secret is coconut oil. The supermodel says she dilutes the oil either in green tea or drizzles it over salads to keep her glowing. “I’ve been drinking it since I was 14 and it’s the one thing I can’t live without,” she tells Daily Mail.

For everyday beauty, coconut oil can be used as an all-over moisturizer, hair conditioner, and as a gentle eye make-up remover.

We’ll just pause here for a moment so the men in the audience can enjoy the idea of a Victoria’s Secret model using coconut oil as an all-over moisturizer.

Okay, guys, that’s enough.  Naturally, the anti-saturated-fat hysterics had to reply to Ms. Kerr’s beauty advice:

US experts yesterday warned against consuming large amounts of coconut oil after Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr said the high-fat oil was the key to her clear skin, shiny hair and trim figure.

The World Health Organization has also warned the oil could contribute to an increased risk of coronary heart disease if taken to excess.

Keith Ayoob, director of the nutrition clinic at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, said the oil will not give you the body of a supermodel.

It won’t?  Rats!  I’ve been sitting here spreading coconut oil all over myself hoping to look good in a bikini next summer.

“I can’t say I’d want people consuming lots of coconut oil. You should use it sparingly,” Ayoob said.  “You want to cut back on saturated fats in your diet. I don’t know what benefit it would have for weight management because it has just as many calories as any other fat.”

Well, allow me to explain to you, Ayoob the Boob:  the type of fat in coconut oil –- medium-chain triglycerides —  is actually difficult to store in your adipose tissue, so you tend to burn it off instead.  It’s also good for your mood and helps curb your appetite.

Kerr’s dose of four tablespoons a day adds up to about 460 calories, which Ayoob said was too much saturated fat for most people. “She’s getting two and a half times the amount of saturated fat I would recommend for a person consuming 2,000 calories per day,” he said.

Ah, well, if you don’t recommend saturated fat, that proves it’s bad for us.  Sorry I didn’t recognize the logic in that sooner.  I must’ve been distracted by the Ayoobs.


97 thoughts on “This Is What We’re Up Against, Part Five

  1. Suz

    Another great post! How much longer can they keep publicising such terrible, harmful information? It’s heartbreaking that people are being told to eat soy and hot cross buns – whilst avoiding meat.

    I hope my grandchildren will be utterly shocked to learn about the great low fat high carb con in their history lessons…

  2. Auntie M

    It’s a good thing I was already prone on the couch when I read this. It’s also good that there are no desks nearby, or I’d have a dent in my forehead.

    Did it really say pre-meal blood sugars should be 0 to 130? I’m pretty sure you’re dead if your blood sugar is 0. I had a number in the 40s a while back, and it felt pretty awful. Also, TEN servings of starch and only 7 ounces of meat a day? What idiots! Low protein, low fat, and high carb equals horrendous blood sugars! My endo wants me below 90 fasting, and below 130 post-meals. If I ate the way they suggest, I’d never make it!

    I seem to recall, that there were a couple of big diet crazes that involved ingesting coconut oil and macadamia nut oil to help you lose weight. I think they were created with or by doctors….

    Oh, and isn’t it a shame that all that coconut oil has made Ms. Kerr so fat and ugly? My husband can hardly stand to look at her picture. 🙂

    That was a type … should be 70, not zero. It’s fixed now. Yes, Ms. Kerr is tough to look at.

  3. Dave, RN

    I just did my first 5K and my fuel of choice (breakfast) was a half a can of coconut milk mixed 1:1 with water, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 20G of protein (whey). I didn’t even train, it was just a surprise inflicted on us by Crossfit (they said they do this once a year). I figured I’d never finish but completed it in 26:40. Not bad for a 51 year old first timer I guess.

    It amazes me how every country that has dietary “experts” in the government come to the same conclusion for saturated fat and diabetes. It’s almost like they’re trying to kill us, or at least keep us infirm.

    I’m afraid a lot of other countries follow our lead.

  4. john

    I remember that when I was first reading about nutrition, I noticed all sorts of bad arguments and terrible logic from McDougall and Fuhrman, which is why I never made the mistake of becoming vegan. With stuff like this [that you quoted], it’s unfortunate that more people don’t take the time to think about the garbage arguments and reasoning that comes from these institutions–you don’t need to be a physiology expert to see through this crap.

  5. JJ

    Type 2 diabetic here. My wife and I have been eating a low-carb diet for almost 2 months now. My blood glucose readings are stable (not spiking all over the place) and I have been feeling a lot better. I wanted to try out something over lunch. I went to a local fast food restaurant for 2 days and got 2 double cheeseburgers with bacon, mustard and pickles (no fries or drink). I checked my blood glucose before eating and 1 hr and a half after. Pretty amazing that when eating both hamburgers with bun, my BS went from 91 to 150. Eating both hamburgers sans buns, my BS went from 92 to 103.

    It really has been eye opening though. I’m intrigued to see how other things affect me. Eh, maybe next month.

    Thanks for all the work and info you have put out for everyone!

    That’s why we should check our individual reactions to foods.

  6. J. B. Rainsberger

    We just booked flights on KLM. When reviewing the meal options, I read this description: “Diabetic meal: rich in carbohydrates, high fibre, low fat, no sugar added”. It sounds like the same kind of diabetic meal as The Diabetic Diet.

    Sadly, there appeared to be no good Paleo-ish option, so we just plan our weekly Cheat Day on the days we fly. It looks like it will work out while we travel for 4-6 months.

    I take my own food on flights. If nothing, a bag of almonds.

  7. Addie

    Oh man, I loved reading those articles that exclaim that Kerr is in for a heart attack down the road. Nobody tell anybody at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine that my husband and I have lost a combined 30 lbs thanks to coconut oil. I mean duh, if you eat 2000 calories of wheat and grain products and 500 calories of coconut oil and get fat it’s obviously because of the coconut oil.

    Thanks for all you do, by the way. Keep the logic alive!!

  8. LCNana

    Well, Tom, here I was – sunny day, laundry on the line, good sleep last night, looking forward to having some nice fatty fish for Friday night supper after being able to fast pretty much on nothing but a few ounces of coconut milk…

    and you bring me more absolutely disasterous news from our wonderful friends in diabetes world. Thanks.

    I’m just so damn mad I could chew nails – say, can you get iron directly into the system from chewing nails? Might be a good recommendation for diabetics who can’t eat liver, beef, and other good meats chock full of iron.

    Yesterday at the grocery store: two gentlemen, one middle-aged, one elderly, both with wheat belly and not lookin’ so good – We three were gathered at the egg counters and one said to the other “my doctor won’t let me have eggs.” Second one says “yeah, me too.” Both looked pretty sad about this. Their shopping carts were full of wheat products, and junk. One did take some eggs, for the wife, I guess. Once they passed on to the rest of their low-cholesterol day, I of course bought my 3 dozen.

    Tom, this is getting crazy!!! Oh by the way DH is writing a story soon on a marathon runner. This guy has actually run 52 marathons in 52 weeks. He’s going to be running in our marathon in October. He apparently has changed his eating from carb heavy to meat/fat based. As soon as I can get the details, including his web site, I’ll pass it on. I believe he’s a spokesman for some beef group in Oregon but I’ll get some details for you. Quite a switch from diabetes advice being sponsored by a nutty soy group!!

    Skipping eggs for wheat … ugh.

  9. Bex

    Wow. So much stupid in one article – is your forehead as bruised as mine? I tried not to bang my head on the desk, I really did, but this quote;

    “I can’t say I’d want people consuming lots of coconut oil. You should use it sparingly,” Ayoob said. “You want to cut back on saturated fats in your diet. I don’t know what benefit it would have for weight management because it has just as many calories as any other fat.”

    was the final straw – I couldn’t even decide whether to laugh or cry! Quite embarrassed to be British, as the example of Heart UK shows (as an aside, who the hell are Heart UK, I’ve never heard of them? Heart FM is a radio station, or is this the new name for the British Heart Foundation?)

    My forehead is becoming bruise-resistant.

  10. Angelyne

    I just love it. If the study does not come to the conclusions that I want, then it’s inconclusive. They need add that in the Oxford Dictionary

  11. Firebird

    Few more layers or “FML”. To the younger set, “FML” means something else, and their “FML” is more appropriate for all that bureaucracy. 😉

  12. Robert

    “Kerr’s dose of four tablespoons a day adds up to about 460 calories, which Ayoob said was too much saturated fat for most people. “She’s getting two and a half times the amount of saturated fat I would recommend for a person consuming 2,000 calories per day,” he said.”

    So to summarize:

    Too much saturated fat = get fat

    except when:

    Too much saturated fat = get supermodel bod

    “cog·ni·tive dis·so·nance


    The state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, esp. as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change”

    Sorry, I knocked myself out when my head hit my desk. Dang, I think this thing is made of metal!

    That’s why I have a soft wood desk.

  13. Stephanie O.

    I wonder if the rest of Miranda Kerr’s “healthy living” consists of whole foods, pastured meat, butter, eggs, organic vegetables, you know, sort of like a paleo diet.

  14. b-nasty

    Regardless of stance on a low-carb diet for generally healthy adults (I’m in the pro camp), it’s mindbogglingly stupid to recommend starches to diabetics. What could possibly be the logic?

    Anyone with a glucose monitor and a few hours to kill can watch as their postprandial glucose level quickly shoots up after a meal containing easily-digestible starches. For the healthy, the pancreas quickly goes to town producing insulin to get this level back into the reasonable range (<100-120mg/dl) within an hour or two. With the limited or non-existent ability to produce (enough) insulin in diabetics, the goal should be to avoid as much of the food-created glucose spike as possible (by avoiding starches.)

    Recommending a diabetic eat any starch for any reason is similar to recommending someone that is lactose intolerant continue to drink milk because it has calcium.

  15. Anna @ Fair Flavors

    LMAO @ “They should’ve listed “nuts” last -– as a polite commentary on everything above it. ”

    As always, a great post. And about the lipitor: in my country, a professor is so convinced that the stuff is awesome, he wants everybody to take it. And everybody really means everybody. According to him, it would be wise to put statins in margarine… and we’re talking about a well respected professor here. Ugh…

    Other goofballs have suggested putting it the water supply.

  16. Bob Parker

    I live mostly in Chiang Mai Thailand with periodical visits back home to Australia. In Thailand I lose weight, in Australia I put it on. In Thailand I ingest a lot of coconut as coconut cream and also the flesh of the unripe nut along with drinking the liquid inside. Eating coconut flesh gives me a very comfortable feeling of fullness. It tastes delicious too unlike say Canola oil which tastes like poison. Last trip back to Australia I did not put on as much weight as usual because I cut out about 90% of the bread I usually eat. Next trip I’ll try for 100% removal of the bread.

  17. Eric

    If I recall palm and coconut oil were diabolized for marketing reasons….

    Re-reading Mary Enig’s work, she strongly recommend coconut oil as our body cannot produce lauric and capric acid. She recommends a mix of equal parts of olive, coconut and sesame oil as an all-purpose oil.

    I personally add 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil in the frying pan, and during travels to south east asia, I noticed that people used coconut oil as sun screen.

    I also noticed over the years that coconut oil is excellent at helping burn wounds heal, so there must be something to it. (I always have a pot handy in the kitchen )

    It’s great for frying. We use that or bacon grease.

  18. Lori

    Re: the hot cross buns, maybe my recent illness changed my tastes or made me cranky, but the idea that we should shouldn’t just say no to treats most of the time is irritating me. Time was when sweets were considered kiddie food. As recently as the 80s, the captain on 21 Jump Street advised the undercover cop played by Johnny Depp to scuttle the bacon, eggs and coffee (adult foods) for milk and cereal, since he was posing as a high school student. Not that kids ought to be eating a lot of sugar, but there’s been a change in what we expect of adults.

    I’m doing what I can to highjack the lead, though: my employer called for dessert and treat recipes for their December magazine, but agreed to consider my instructions for a party tray with no sweets–just pate, salami, veg and cheese.

    And 4T of saturated fat? That’s a good start.

  19. timmah

    I love coconut oil. I only knew about it after reading Joe Friel’s Cyclist’s Training Bible, about 5 months before I saw Fat Head. The book mentioned studies citing MCTs as being beneficial for endurance athletes, and the most accessible source of MCTs was coconut oil.

    I have a spoon of it about an hour before a hard workout or race. It’s almost as good as caffeine as a “fog lifter”. Almost.

    Caveat: coconut oil should come with a “too much of a good thing” warning. My limit is probably 5TBL a day, otherwise my digestive tract revolts. The point of diminishing returns is about 3T, spread out over the course of a day.

    I find a little bit of the stuff is good for the digest tract, but too much can definitely increase your reading time.

  20. Bullinachinashop

    Thank you for taking a pause so I can enjoy the idea of a Victoria’s Secret model using coconut oil as an all-over moisturizer. This is why your blog is a cut above the rest.

  21. labrat

    You need to fix that typo! I had to go to that dreadful website to ensure they weren’t recommending a glucose level of 0-130. It should be 70-130.

    Fixed, thanks.

  22. Nowhereman

    On a _slightly_ more positive note, the FDA is a calling shenanigans on companies wanting to change the name of high fructose corn syrup into something more benign sounding:

    I found it interesting that consumers are starting to demand less HFCS in their drinks. Good old fashioned market economy provides the push so that companies have to switch over to something else. A very important lesson right there.

    Who would’ve thought “corn sugar” would be a more marketable name?

  23. mike

    I wonder what Keith Ayoob would say,if he read Mary Enigs awesome book “Know Your Fats”? She tells us that babies and growing children need lots of fats and cholesterol in their diets.Like I said before.It’s not about changing the Gov and all it’s layers.It’s about teaching the public to think and research for themselves.While your bashing Gov and various other outfits,you should do huge post about “WebMd”.After reading some of the articles on “artery clogging fats” and suffer through their relentless pushing of grains.You can trace most of their funding back to General Mills and “Big Pharma”.We have to somehow,find a way to reach the sheeple of this world.We need some with great influence on people,like Oprah,oh wait,I saw her plugging for the “Great OZ”,(like to see his checks from General Mills and Big Pharma) on tv.

    WebMD is a front for the pharmaceutical industry.

  24. johnny

    Do you want to know why Heart UK – the cholesterol charity is so high on soy milk?

    They want to feminize the brit hooligans so they won’t burn half of London again!

    The World Cup would never be the same.

  25. Peggy Holloway

    Love this! I shared the link on Facebook. Funny and spot on as always, Tom. I’m gonna go brew some green tea and mix in a bunch of coconut oil. I’ve been trying to figure out how to consume more of it (short of melting and drinking it straight up) and I’m happy to have received this helpful “tip.”

    I tried coconut oil in coffee, but it doesn’t mix well.

  26. cancerclasses

    Making statins available in a non prescription over the counter form would be a public health disaster of monumental proportions.

    In his podcast interview with Jimmy Moore (Episode 280), cardiologist Dr. Dwight Lundell says statins are liver poisons, which is why doctors must regularly check liver enzymes & function when they put their patients on statins. And that’s in addition to the global amnesia and muscle damage from statin induced rhabdomyolysis which Dr. Duane Graveline, in his interview with Jimmy, says is mostly permanent and irreversable: Dr. Duane Graveline: Statins Permanently Damage Mitochondria (Episode 308). Bad, BAD idea!

    As for the saturated fat issue, it’s artery clogging TRANS FATS, NOT saturated fat. Most of these PhD dumb asses don’t know the difference between TRANS versus CIS fat molecules and aren’t even smart enough to look up trans, saturated and unsaturated fat on Wikipedia.

    “Because the term refers to the configuration of a double carbon-carbon bond, trans fats may be monounsaturated or polyunsaturated but NEVER saturated fats.”
    “Trans unsaturated fats are particularly risky because the double bond stereochemistry allows the fat molecules to assume a linear conformation, which leads to efficient packing (i.e., plaque formation). The geometry of the cis double bond introduces a bend in the molecule, thereby precluding stable formations (see specific fatty acid links above for drawings that illustrate this). Natural sources of fatty acids (see above) are rich in the cis isomer.” Oxidized trans fats also become polymerized like a plastic and are highly resistant to emulsification and breakdown by blood, plasma and body fluids, which is why arterial plaque is easier to prevent than to reverse or reduce.

    Saturated fats do not posses ANY of these characteristics, and this is why saturated fats are and forever will be SUPERIOR to TRANS fats and the pre-oxidized, already adulterated polyunsaturated vegetable oils in the grocery stores. High spectrum chromatography studies have found over 10 different substances in arterial plaque, but NO saturated fats!

    Those Ayoobs are distracting, I hope some of what I wrote make sense. Thanks for another great post.

    Well said.

  27. Andrea Lynnette

    Okay, where do you people GET Coconut Oil? The only place I’ve found it is in the Organic Section of my local store, and it’s $8 for a 12-ounce jar. Is it really just that expensive?

    Much cheaper online.

  28. timmah

    Andrea: I also get mine from the health section at my local megamart, but it’s 32oz for $8. Or I can pay $12 for “first pressing”.

  29. Dragonmamma/Naomi

    Tropical has the yummiest, purest coconut oil on the planet. I get their Gold Label oil in the 5-gallon container ($250) when they offer free shipping. If you don’t like the taste of coconut oil, they also have expeller-pressed coconut oil which has no taste. No chemicals, no hydrogenization, no nuthin’ but pure coconut oil.

  30. carbsAreFUEL

    If only every single dietician and nutritionist was as smart as you Tom, a overweight, balding, crooked-spine paleo-eater.

    You really are a bitter bitter man.

    Actually, I’m a happy, happy man.

  31. Stephanie

    I was looking at coconut oil online and I saw… coconut flour (made with ground coconut meat)! It’s expensive though (10$ for 500g) but it says it’s low carb, with no wheat or soy additives. I’d be curious to see it used in recipes that usually require ordinary flour. Do you think the high price is worth the health benefits? Or are all the nutrients lost while making the flour?

  32. cancerclasses

    @Andrea Lynnette, Check Amazon, I bought a little 1 gallon bucket of Nutiva for around fifty bucks with FREE shipping!, which works out to around $6 a pint which is the size most commonly found in stores.

  33. Bevie

    Ayoob’s idiotic response to Kerr’s coconut oil habit almost made me spit my coconut milk latte on my computer (which would be really upsetting- waste coconut AND coffee? Ugh!). I suspect I would be wasting my time if I sent him a letter telling him that the stuff helped me lose two dress sizes (and counting) and keeps my energy levels impressively high. I can definitely tell that difference on days when I skip my morning coconut habit. I do put the oil in my coffee, but I find that it mixes in best if I blend half a can of coconut milk with a Tbsp coconut oil and pour a double shot of espresso in while the blender is running.

  34. Keoni Galt

    Also, TEN servings of starch and only 7 ounces of meat a day? What idiots! Low protein, low fat, and high carb equals horrendous blood sugars!

    Idiots? It’s far worse than that.

    Let’s take these RECOMMENDATIONS to their obvious conclusion and follow the money: When the patients are following all of the dietary advice of alphabet soup Government agencies, and they find that their diabetes is worsening, than their Doctors and other Medical Establishment than declare “you’ve been following the correct diet, but your blood sugar is STILL out of control….you need MEDICATION.”

    Not just medication…but lifelong maintenance medication, which results in a recurring bill to your insurance company until you finally die from diabetes complications.

    In other words…this dietary advice given to the masses is deliberate, nefarious and designed to profit off of everyone’s ill health!!!


  35. Andrea

    +1 on The Tropical Traditions! I can’t live without their coconut cream- which has plenty of coconut oil in it. A dab of that in my chai, a little vanilla Davinci … yum. Plus, it seems I lose weight more consistently on it than off.

    Eww Airline food, why use your cheat day on that?

  36. Zoe Harcombe

    Wahay! Many thanks for naming and shaming our mad UK ‘charity’. Wonder if the “boutique PR agency” that did the press release will get paid after such ridicule 🙂

    If not, we can send them some cholesterol to show our charitable spirit.

  37. Princess Dieter

    ~~Don’t be silly … of course consumers will know if the Lipitor is working. They’ll wake up in the morning and say, “Holy crap, my muscles and joints are killing me! It must be the … the … Honey, what’s the name of that stuff I’ve been taking?”~~~

    AHAHAHAHAH. THAT WAS ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On Pravachol~!!!!!!!!!!!

    That is laughter through tears of remembering my amnesiac agony!

    I still wonder if that crap did permanent damage on me –muscles, brain, liver, whatnot. Scary.

    I am stunned–BEYOND STUNNED–that a 180 postprandial glucose is acceptable. STUNNED. Who are these people and where did they put their common sense? We need to find it and have surgeons replant it!

    Since it’s the best people can do on their lousy diet, they probably figure it’s the best people can do, period.

  38. Nick

    My favorite part is the assertion that coconut oil has just as many calories as any other kind of fat. Coconut oil is 8.6kcal/g compared with 9kcal/g for fats containing predominantly palmitic acid and longer fatty acids, due to the lower ratio of carbon-hydrogen bonds to carbon-carbon bonds. MCT oil, which is fractionated to contain just the shorter (C6,C8,C10) fats in coconut oil, is even lower in terms of kcal/g.
    Better keep that vinegar off your salad, folks. It’s pure 2-carbon saturated fat. I’m convinced none of these morons ever took a chemistry class.

  39. Sizzlechest

    I glanced at the cover of one of my wife’s “women’s” magazines the other day: “TIRED? 70% of women can’t absorb a kind of sugar in some fruit, honey and sweeteners. Yummy fix!”

    The article it references is about fructose malabsorption. Here’s a scan of the article:

    Some parts aren’t completely horrible, but others are downright head-bang-on-desk worthy. Here’s the yummy “fix” they were talking about:

    “When you eat high-fructose foods, consider sprinkling 1 to 2 tbs. of dextrose (which is pure glucose) on them since dextrose bonds to the fructose in the GI tract, helping fructose get absorbed, says Dr. Rao. One option: Now Dextrose ($9 for 2 lbs., at”

    Oh my lord …

  40. FrankG

    Maybe we need to bring back Capt James T. Kirk from the original Star Trek to deal with the “Ayoobs” of today in the same way he dispatched so many “evil” computer overlords, by pointing out the logical paradox between what they claimed and the evidence in front of them…

    Kirk: “Look at this healthy young woman, a Victoria Secrets model, a recent Mother! Do you deny that she is slim and healthy?”

    AYOOB99: “Well of course she is slim and healthy… anyone can see that”

    Kirk: “Yet she claims to have been drinking 4 tablespoons of coconut oil every day since she was 14 and it’s the one thing she can’t live without… while you say that is 460 calories and too much saturated fat for most people — two and a half times the amount of saturated fat you would recommend?”

    AYOOB99: “Of course! Even the WHO have warned that coconut oil could contribute to an increased risk of coronary heart disease if taken to excess”

    Kirk: “So you say she is taking Coconut Oil to excess and yet she is, by your own admission, slim and healthy with no sign of being even mildly overweight, or having heart disease? How do you explain this?”

    AYOOB99: “Well… the W. H. O. the… the saturated..… the.. the… Non sequitur… illogical… illogical… does not compute!!!”

    Kirk: “I put it to you AYOOB99 that you have failed in your programming and your only recourse is to self-destruct by pouring vegetable oil on your circuit boards!”

    AYOOB99: “FSSST!”

    Now you’re talking.

  41. The Older Brother

    Buongiorno from Florence, Italy.

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine? How sad that something named after one of the foremost scientific minds ever now means “Freakin’ Liars College of Medicine.”


    Einstein is rolling over in his parallel universe.

  42. Barry

    “But if they were really smart, they’d team up with whichever company finally manufactures the manssiere.”

    Actually, it’s called a “bro.”

    Please correct the blog post.


    If recall, that argument ended (and I do ENDED) badly for Mr. Costanza.

  43. LXV

    I float half a tablespoon of coconut oil on my morning tea. It’s fantastic stuff. The slightly sweet coconut taste on top of a yerba mate tea is fantastic.

    And this is what we’re fighting for:
    I devoured Wheat Belly the day it came out (yay Kindles!). My mom was visiting that weekend and I told her about it. Today my dad called me just to say thank you. They each bought a copy of the book and have been wheat free for a week now. He says he feels so much better.

    My sweets and bread loving husband agreed to give up wheat for the month with me. He volunteered to give up sugar last week. He’s feeling great, with no more dips in energy or bouts of hypoglycemia.

    I need to start placing orders for this book and Fathead in bulk to give everyone for Xmas.

    We will happily ship in time for Christmas.

  44. Roby

    I just finished reading Wheat Belly, Great book! I wish other people would be more open minded. I just got laughed at last weekend… “You’re eating fat to lose fat?! hahaha” “so it’s a bacon diet?” …/sigh

    I noticed that a lot of low carbers don’t talk about cooking with lard. Whats the deal with that? Do people just not like it? or is there something that i missed on it? I started cooking with lard a little while ago since it lasts us a long time.

    Also, In wheat belly he says to limit Butter… how come?

    I asked him about his position on saturated fat in the next list of questions. As for lard, it’s not easy to find in many areas these days.

  45. Robert

    Why is it every time I get worked up about food evangelists or any of the other BS you bring to light on here, I somehow end up spendmy afternoon watching videos of Ron Paul?

    I think there may be a correlation here!

    Probably because you know Ron Paul would leave you alone.


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