Now, consider the history of the low-carb movement. Gary Taubes laid it all out in Good Calories, Bad Calories. Up until the late 1950s/early 1960s scientists the world over were homing in on the fact that excessive carbohydrate intake makes people fat. There were international conferences, symposia and numerous papers published tying carbohydrate intake to fat accumulation. The metabolic pathways involved were worked out in detail. Physicians were prescribing reduced carb diet to their patients for weight loss. It was the classical age of low-carb. Then the barbarians struck.
Ancel Keys published his Seven Countries study and began to demonize fat. The nutritional dark ages began. For the past forty years we’ve languished in this wilderness of idiocy. Just as there were a handful of great works of art produced during the Dark Ages, there have been a few prophets crying out during this time of low-fat, high-carb error, but the mainstream has ignored them or ridiculed them and forged ahead advocating whole grains and complex carbs while besmirching fat, especially saturated fat. During these times, obesity, diabetes, GERD and other disorders of excess carb intake have skyrocketed to epidemic proportions, a fact the main stream appears oblivious to. More carbs and less fat – that’s how you solve the problem, we’re told. And the people get fatter and more diabetic. These mainstream pushers of carbs have forgotten the “writings that their ancestors had produced by toil and application” [quoting Petrarch] and have allowed it “to perish through insufferable neglect.”
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