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'Cereal Killers' urges low carb high fat ketogenic diets for weight loss, health

Sorry, Corn Flakes: But studies show you're bad for our health.
Sorry, Corn Flakes: But studies show you're bad for our health.
Photo by Maddie Meyer

Fear of Frosted Flakes? Sounds like the punchline to the joke. But in reality it's what a group of health experts advise you to develop to protect your health and waistline size. They've crafted a movie entitled "Cereal Killers" to document the reasons, which was featured on the BBC, according to Low Carb Diet News' March 20 report.

"Cereal Killers" shows the journey of Donal O'Neill as he sought to find a way to be the first in his family to avoid heart disease and diabetes. It's literally a life-saving quest: His father Kevin, a football star, suffered a heart attack that baffled his family and friends.

With help from Professor Tim Noakes, author of "Lore of Running," and Dr. Peter Brukner, co-author of "The Encyclopedia of Exercise, Sport and Health," Donal learns to shift to a controversial diet plan that consists of 70 percent fat, with moderate protein and minimal carbohydrates. And what he discovers: Sugar and starch are the enemy when it comes to health.

The goal of this movie: Spread the word that it's flakes, not fat, that's causing the epidemic of obesity and related conditions ranging from diabetes to heart disease to dementia.

For those who feel virtuous dipping their spoons into bowlfuls of breakfast cereal each morning, the movie is a wake-up call about the dangers of those low-fat, high carbohydrate foods.

Noakes and Brukner are not alone in recommending bacon and eggs in place of Weetabix and waffles. Neurologist David Perlmutter, for example, is leading the battle to bring the dangers of starch and sugar to the attention of consumers with his book "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers" (click for details).

Dr. Perlmutter has cited numerous studies linking conditions ranging from dementia to diabetes to depression to the wrong carbohydrates. He points to the USDA food pyramid as one of the culprits in the obesity epidemic, noting its grain-heavy recommendations.

In addition to these experts, a physician diagnosed with multiple sclerosis is now attracting attention for her own use of a ketogenic low carb Paleo diet to beat her disease.Suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS), Dr. Terry Wahls customized the traditional low carb Paleo diet in an attempt to alleviate her symptoms: Read about her journey by clicking here.