By Katrin Geist
Contributing writer for Wake Up World
You likely heard it before: fat doesn’t make fat – sugar does. And we’ve known this for a while: a low carbohydrate diet successfully helped William Banting reduce his body weight by 46 lbs (from >200 lbs), improving overall wellbeing and reducing health risks associated with obesity: heart disease, arthritis, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and cancer (Diamond 2001). Excited by his results, Banting published his method in a book: “Letter on Corpulence” – a British 1864 bestseller.
A lot of time passed since, and while the basic premise remains, we know in better detail why sugar is detrimental to our health. And not just any sugar, either. In one of his highly recommended presentations (2009), Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) at UC San Francisco, explains in detail the metabolic pathways that lead to physiological problems – a story spanning some 40 years, with Dr John Yudkin, a British nutritionist, the first to point out the devastating effects of refined sugar in his 1972 book “Pure, White, and Deadly”.
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