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Nechama Brodie Weighs in on the Banting Debate: The Science of LCHF is Not as Miraculous as it Seems

The Joburg BookNechama Brodie recently wrote an article for Men’s Health about Tim Noakes’ popular Banting diet.

The editor of The Joburg Book: A Guide to the City’s History, People and Places takes on the science behind the low-carb high-fat diet, which was first practised by doctor William Banting 150 years ago.

Brodie takes stock of the state of the nation’s health – nearly two thirds of South Africans are overweight – dives into the fats versus carbs debate and analyses the risk factors of adopting an LCHF-lifestyle.

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It’s tempting to buy in to this theory – that Noakes is the maverick; the only one brave enough to challenge The Man, take on the status quo.

Except that Noakes is the one with a brand and a book and a website and a massive following online; and the professionals who disagree with him tend to work, largely anonymously, in research and public health and aren’t trying to sell anything.

And, when you set personalities and the deliciousness of lamb chops aside, the science of LCHF is nowhere near as simple or miraculous as its advocates would have you believe.

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