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Diet research backed by US meat industry: report

Diet research backed by US meat industry: report

Published: 30 Aug 2011 11:37 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Aug 2011 11:37 GMT+02:00

The latest in a slew of diet fads that have gained popularity in Sweden, the low-carb high fat diet (LCHF), is backed by research funded by the US meat industry, according to a new study.

The diets are based on the consumption of higher amounts of meat and fatty dairy products and prescribe restrictions on products such as potatoes and pasta.

The diets - especially the LCHF - have gained wide popularity in Sweden, Sveriges Radio (SR) reported, citing restaurateurs who are commonly asked to replace root vegetables with added meat.

But according to a report compiled by SR's Ekot news programme, the cost to the climate is double that of the balanced diet advised by Sweden’s National Food Administration (Livsmedelsverket).

Furthermore, the report has revealed that many of the research studies supporting the nutrition and dietary benefits of the diets are bankrolled by the US meat industry.

Despite the popularity of the LCHF diet, there remains controversy in research circles over its nutritional benefits.

Debate over the LCHR diet has been raging in Sweden since 2005 after Dr. Annika Dahlqvist first prescribed the way of eating to help some of her diabetic patients lose weight and opened a blog to spread the word.

Dahlqvist soon became known as "the fat doctor" and her recommendations were brought to the attention of the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) by dieticians who claimed the diet didn’t fit standard weight loss guidelines.

Her employer instructed her to cease her controversial recommendations which were deemed to be in contravention of existing dietary guidelines. Dahlqvist instead elected to resign and focus her energies on lecturing.

Many of the studies to which Dahlqvist, and fellow LCHF advocates such as Andreas Eenfeldt, Ekot has found, are funded by food industry groups despite their insistence to the contrary.

Ekot's report indicates that among the financiers of some of the studies referred to by the pair include the US-based National Cattlemen's Association, dairy firm Swissmilk and other organisations linked to the now deceased Robert Atkins, who gave his name to a similar popular diet.

In a comment on the findings of the report on Tuesday, Annika Dahlqvist argued that her advice in based primarily on personal experience.

"Our LCHF recommendations are mainly based on basic knowledge of dietary influences on our biological functions. Our experience of this shows that we know that it works," she wrote.

Andreas Eenfeldt conceded to Ekot that "of course it affects credibility in terms of who pays", but cited several other studies supporting LCHF which he claimed had independent funding.

"The world is not black and white, and one can of course find economic interests of various scope within whichever movement is under inspection, as well as within all fields of research," Eenfeldt wrote on his "Kostdoktorn" (literally: diet doctor) blog.

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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13:32 August 30, 2011 by Lavaux
Notice how every controversy boils down to global warming, nowadays? Does anyone besides me find this odd?

Consider this: We must reduce population , economic growth and consumption because they cause global warming, which will cause natural catastrophes that will reduce population, economic growth and consumption. So ... we've got to deprive ourselves before global warming does? Seriously?

I say, Let's cut out the middleman and do whatever the hell we want. After all, if it's "Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die [in a flood or drought or ice age, etc.]," then I'm going to eat all of the steak, drink all of the wine and fly to every beach I can. And screw all of you who take offense. Or better yet, start reducing the population, beginning with yourself.
13:55 August 30, 2011 by Rick Methven
What is more worrying, is the increasing amount of 'medical' advice from those that have taken the Hippocratic oath to preserve life and health, only to find out that it is as the result of studies funded by special interest groups who specify the end conclusion and then pay the researcher to fix the evidence to fit the conclusion.

Just waiting for the study that smoking is very good for your health, funded by?
13:56 August 30, 2011 by soultraveler3
Doing more things like encouraging people to eat fresh, seasonal and local will have a far bigger impact than whining about a few thousand extra pork chops being eaten each year.

Anyone with half a brain knows that it's not healthy to eat a lchf diet long-term.
14:01 August 30, 2011 by GLO
Thankyou, I couldnt have put it better. Most big US Football programs follow this advice. Build a healthy high performance body, not fat....
15:31 August 30, 2011 by Svensksmith
Drinking beer is still good for you, right? At least that is what my bartender told me.
19:50 August 30, 2011 by Grokh
@Lavaux

"The first time someone calls you a horse you punch him on the nose, the second time someone calls you a horse you call him a jerk but the third time someone calls you a horse, well then perhaps it's time to go shopping for a saddle."

this doesnt apply to everything but it definately applies to climate change which is verifiable truth and fact that only morons refuse to believe.

as for cutting out the middleman? like corporations did with middleclass across the globe for the past 10 years? thats working out great isnt it ? every year theres a new crisis but fear not someone is becoming a trillionaire so its all good -_-x
00:16 August 31, 2011 by wxman
@Lavaux has a firm grip on reality and a logical mind. No room for him or her in the reality of dreams and wishes occupied by the liberal progressives of the world.
01:46 August 31, 2011 by Larry Thrash
Every research project is funded by those who have an economic interest. This is true on issues from the hoax of man made "global warming" to eating oat meal. Businesses, non-profit groups, governments all want research to show results that benefit their causes.
10:24 August 31, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
13:56 August 30, 2011 by soultraveler3

"Doing more things like encouraging people to eat fresh, seasonal and local will have a far bigger impact than whining about a few thousand extra pork chops being eaten each year.

Anyone with half a brain knows that it's not healthy to eat a lchf diet long-term".

Tell that to the lions, tigers, panthers, cheetahs, because a LCHF diet is what they have been eating all of their lives from the beginning of time.

And please do not come with the "we are not lions" comment.

Yes, humans are animals. The human's phylum is Chordata (vertebrate). The human's class is mammalia. Its order is primate (the same as apes). Its family is Hominidae (apes that have no tail and can gather food with their hands.) The Human's sub-family is Homininae. Its tribe is Hominini. Its genus is Homo and its specie is scientifically named Homo Sapiens."

Everybody should learn about the "Lions Diet", because, when was the last time you saw an obese lion? How about a chubby cheetah? Or a fat tiger? Have you ever seen an overweight leopard or panther? If you have ever watched nature programs on TV, I am sure that you know the answer to the questions just posed.

The answer is "never".

Do these wild cats eat a dry food diet that is full of starchy carbohydrates in the form of grains? Do they eat a water-depleted diet in the form of dry kibble? Is their diet one that derives much of its protein from plants (versus meat) as is true of many dry food diets?

The answers are, again, simple: "no", "no", and "no".

So, if you want to lose weight and have a good control of your blood sugar, either you do like the lions or continue eating junk food at McDonalds, Burger King, whatever.
10:37 August 31, 2011 by eppie
@larry trash

Nobody gains from global warming. Global warming is a good example of a fact that has been ignored and denied for around 30 years by research funded by industries that will loose profit (car, oil).

Maybe you are surprised to hear that people already knew global warming was going on 20 years before Al Gore made his movie and before you see it mentioned on MTV.

At the time they were 95 % sure, now they are more than 99% sure.....that's the only difference.

I guess you also don't believe in evolution. That Darwin guy got a lot of funding from commies right?
22:56 September 1, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
Yes. Global warming will change carnivorous animals eating habits. Poor lions, tigers, panthers, cheetahs and the rest. They have survived cold, warm, torments and whatever, but they will not survive Al Gore's global warming. Perhaps they will survive the new fad of climate change, something that not even God has been able to do anything about it. Well, we shall see what we shall see.

Welcome deep thinkers to this forum about a diet research backed by US Meat industry; research sponsored by companies interested in keep on selling us products that will take us more quickly to the grave due to obesity, heart problems and diabetes provoked by a high consumption of carbohydrates. We shall see what we shall see. See you at McDonalds for a nice and tasty hamburger full of carbohydrates.
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