Today’s low-carb lesson, The Truth Behind The 5 Top Nutrition Headlines with Professor Grant Schofield.
We debunk the 5 myths that we read almost on a daily basis. Does bacon give us cancer? Will low-carb shorten our life? Does butter give us heart disease?
If you are worried about these shocking nutrition headlines? Keep watching …
Prof Grant Schofield
I feel fortunate to count Grant as a mentor, friend and professional colleague. Grant is 100% the reason I discovered low-carb nutrition many years ago and who inadvertently set me on the path to setting up Ditch The Carbs.
Grant is a phenomenal force behind the low-carb nutrition movement worldwide and is making real change in the world of nutrition and public health.
- Professor of public health
- Director of Auckland University Of Technology’s Human Potential Centre
- His research focuses on disease prevention, physical activity and nutrition health promotion, and even urban design to encourage physical activity
Was the government’s Chief Education Advisor in Health and Nutrition.
- Authour of WHAT THE FAT & WHAT THE FAST
- Co-founder of PreKure - training future Health Coaches and Practitioners (read below how to join)
The 5 Top Nutrition Headlines
We’ve all heard the media headlines - eggs will kill us, meat will give us cancer and cholesterol is deadly … but what is the truth behind these nutrition headlines?
Are the studies wrong? Or is it just the media trying to grab our attention?
Today we are incredibly lucky to have Prof Grant Schofield join us to cut through the fluff and wonder we see reported in the news … and learn some the truth behind the headlines.
We all have concerned family members who call you every time a shocking nutrition headline hits the news right? They are worried that by living on whole food that happens to be lower in carbs and unprocessed somehow is endangering your life.
Well, of course, we all know they are untrue, but how do we counterargue them and how do we ascertain the truth in the media?
Are Nutrition Headlines True?
You will find that many nutrition headlines are often misquoted and often the studies are mislabelled. Many studies we discussed today reported the dangers of a low-carb diet but in fact, the participants weren’t low-carb by any definition.
The participants had confounding factors (the “low-carb” cohort actually had a higher % of smokers and T2D) which could quite easily be the real reason for the results they were seeing, and nutrition diaries are notoriously incorrect and are food ingested is widely underreported.
Grant's Top Tips To Accurately Dissect The Nutrition Headlines
1: Is it real? Is the headline even real? Is the study even real? Does it match what is in the article? Was it even studied in humans or animals? Animal nutrition studies are renowned for being inaccurate eg: rabbits are herbivores and will have a completely different reaction to omnivores.
Do the nutrition headlines truly reflect the ACTUAL science? Many times the truth is buried deep in the research papers and journalists have just cherry picked 1 line out of context.
Are the studies in humans? And are the cohorts studied really what they say they are? What are the confounding factors? Are they actually low-carb? What else were they eating/drinking?
Did one group have a higher percentage of smokers, Type 2 diabetics or other factors which affected the results?
2: How big is the effect? Relative risk is meaningless unless we know the absolute prevalence. Eg: if there is a 40% risk of cancer but the prevalence is 2 people in 1000, increased by 40% = 2.8 people per 1000. But if the prevalence was 400 in 1000, increased by 40% = 560 which is a huge effect.
3: Is it worth it? Now you know the risk/benefit and prevalence, then you can make an informed choice – is it worth it in your situation. The risk may be high (death) or low (may simply increase your relative risk) versus benefit or quality of life.
Debunking The Nutrition Headlines
Prof Grant Schofield
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- AUT & Millenium Sports Institute
- Personal Blog – I highly recommend joining his email newsletter.
- What The Fat & What The Fast:
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