Speaking on the 700 Club on October 7, Robertson said that low-carbohydrate diets violate "God's principles." And he took it one step further, contending that low-carb diets cause a variety of problems.
"You get swollen fingers, you get gout, you get all kinds of problems where you ache like crazy," declared the evangelical leader.
Contending that carbohydrates are part of the principles established by God, Robertson said, "If you don't have some carbs in there, the carbs are the fire that burns everything completely... This thing is almost totally fat and protein, but sooner or later it violates the principles that God set down."
In terms of Robertson's specific assertions against low-carb diets, here are the facts:
- Swollen fingers: In reality, swollen fingers can be caused by conditions relating from bloating from excess salt to arthritis.
- Gout: WebMD reports that gout is a form of arthritis caused by excess uric acid in the blood. The risk of gout is higher for men, in particular those who are overweight, drink too much alcohol or eat too much meat and fish that are high in chemicals called purines, such as sardines.
- "Ache like crazy:" Generalized pain could be caused by fibromyalgia, and researchers still do not know the cause of this condition.
In terms of violating "the principles that God set down," low carbohydrate diets are not specifically mentioned in the Bible as forbidden fruit. And although no one previously has asserted that God forbids low-carb diets, various experts have sought to extract diet guidelines based on the Bible and written about them, including fasting, such as: