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'Cereal Killers' blames grains and sugar for obesity: Low-carb diet saves lives

Learn about the dangers of carb overload.
Learn about the dangers of carb overload.
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Hello, bacon and eggs. Farewell, cereal and sugar. There's a new diet that's making its way around the world. It emphasizes fat and protein while drastically cutting carbohydrates. And now a documentary is providing evidence of its benefits, putting the blame on the food industry and food pyramid for claiming that grains are good.

The documentary results from the unexpected heart attack of a man who seemed fit and healthy. Although he survived, his son, Donal O’Neill, became puzzled over how this could occur.

“That was my starting point and then I thought, ‘Am I next?’ When they moved to look at my father’s brother, my uncle Seán O’Neill, who was the more famous footballer, they discovered he had type 2 diabetes; again – not a man who had abused himself in any way. The research fascinated me," says Donal now.

And so he studied the typical diet of the family, which was high in carbohydrates such as grains and sugar. Motivated to change and see what happened, Donal turned to low-carb diet guru Professor Tim Noakes.

A sports physiologist, Noakes guided him through a high fat diet that replaced those cereals and sugar with meat and bacon, Greek yogurt, and eggs, which Donal now proclaims “the single best food to improve your cholesterol profile."

Noakes has become famed for his defense of high fat, low carb diets, sometimes referred to as ketogenic diets. He's the author of "Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career," in which he discusses that approach for both weight loss and athletic performance.

Both Noakes and Donal agree that food manufacturers have adversely influenced the food pyramid. For Donal, shifting from that high carbohydrate model to a low carbohydrate diet resulted in a dramatic improvement in his cholesterol levels. He now feels that low carb diets can save lives.

“Fat is good. What we’re told is clearly dictated by corporate and political interests. Sugar – and high-fructose corn syrup, the sugar replacement in a lot of soft drinks – is probably the single, most damaging component of the food chain," declares Donal.

In addition to making his point in the documentary, Professor Noakes recently talked with Health 24 about his view that obesity and diabetes are a consequence of too many carbohydrates in the diet. Because obesity is caused by insulin – and because the more carbs we eat, the more insulin we produce, he says that it's critical to restrict our carbohydrate intake.

As for those who claim that too much fat causes heart disease, Harvard School of Public Health recently declared that fat is not the cause of heart disease. Instead, says Professor Noakes, low-carb diets are good for the heart as well as the waistline. Find out more about his approach by clicking here for "Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career."

He's not alone in his battle. A landmark book about using low-carb diets for athletic performance and health is "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance" (click for details). The same authors explain how to benefit from ketogenic high fat, low carb diets for weight loss and health in "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable" (click for details).

In addition, one of the most well-known ketogenic diets has become a celebrity weight loss plan, thanks to Kim Kardashian: The Atkins diet. Learn all about it by clicking here for "New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great.."

Others are contending that sugar is toxic and needs to be eliminated from processed foods: Learn more by clicking here.

And a new report determined that the American diet is among the worst in the world, linking that ranking to sugar: Read all about it by clicking here.

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