Professor Tim Noakes, known for his controversial low-carbohydrate high-fat diet, has criticised researchers who have claimed that a balanced diet delivers the same results as a low-carbohydrate diet.

This is the opening paragraph in the story published on January 10, 2017, by News24Wire out of South Africa, entitled “Noakes slams study that aims to debunk low-carb diet benefits.”

Noakes went after the authors of a study that purported to show that a Low Carb diet had no greater effect that a “balanced” diet.

My take-a-ways:

  • The opening paragraph  to this news article used the phrase “controversial low-carbohydrate high-fat diet.” This immediately sets the biased tone of what follows.
  • It is a Meta Analysis of other studies – not a new study. Noakes points out in fancier terms the old adage – GIGO! Yep – Garbage In – Garbage Out.
  • Noakes position that: The study did not analyse the effects of a low-carb diet because the carbohydrate intake used in the study was 35%, rather than the recommended 5% a low-carb diet should consist of.” 35% of a 2,000 calorie diet would be 700 calories or 175 grams of carbs. That may be lower than the usual – but is no where near VLCHF diet of 25-50 grams of carbs.

The Article gave no links or citations to the underlying study and how it was conducted. I believe this is the Article– but it was published in July 2014 – so I am confused.

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