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Banting Diet Hazards for Children

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Real Meal Revolution for children ‘a great risk’

This is a comment on ‘The Real Meal Revolution’ by Noakes et al and does not pertain to ‘The Banting Lifestyle’ that I promote.
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The subject being children tends to result in high emotions that cloud good judgement. Often when trying to make a point people overstate the problem and give theoretical outcomes which are highly exaggerated.

The accusers of Noakes say that his ‘The Real Meal Revolution’ can result in heart problems, kidney stones and gall bladder problems. This is an extreme case that is very unlikely.

Noakes on the other hand seems to be incredibly obstinate unable to see that he may be wrong. This will be his undoing.

I want to get away from the emotions of both sides and focus on the facts.

Fact 1:
Paediatric nutrition is not the same as adult nutrition. So you cannot just take an adult eating plan and scale it down for children.

Children have a much higher energy requirement than adults. The bodies are still developing and growing so their need for vitamins, calcium, iron and trace nutrients are totally different from adults. The two metabolisms and nutrient requirements are as different as two species of animals. You cannot give a cat a dogs diet and expect it to flourish. Same with kids. So Noakes cannot simply implement his Meal Revolution onto youngsters without a great deal of modification to it. One sizes cannot fit all.

Following the Real Meal Revolution diet strictly would result on cutting out large classes of fruits and vegetables which would then exclude too many vitamins, minerals proteins and fibre. The carbohydrates in the fruits is not refined and has to be broken down before it is used, ie low GI. This is not the same as refined carbohydrates that are found in processed foods.

Fact 2:
Obesity amongst children is a major modern health problem.
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Although children have a high energy requirement due to lifestyle changes and very poor eating habits the level of obesity in children is on the increase.

Too many children are sitting behind a computer instead of being outside playing sport etc. I am guilty of that, I run, cycle etc but my son sits behind his computer playing games with his friends in the UK. I, of course, blame his mother for that.

So this fact show we cannot continue the old diet for kids of today either.

As an example of two of the problems with the Real Meal Revolution we have all grains being forbidden in, but these are high in B vitamins and fibre, limited quantities of carrots and butternut are allowed, these are a good source of Vitmain A in the form of beta carotene, essential for good vision in the developing child.

Other issues are with the very high amounts of fats and protein. The protein can be a problem for the kidneys and the fats increase the risk of gall bladder problems. The diet may also cause a selenium deficiency which is essential for the heart muscles

The WorldBanting Diet Hazards for Children, baby messy Health Organisation recommends that the diets of infants between the age of six and 24 months should be comprised of about six percent protein and between 30 percent and 45 percent fat with the remainder coming from carbohydrates which are the proportions of breast milk. Since we have evolved this health drink for our children over the last few 100 000 years I think it is a formula we should stick to.
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I would recommend a type of Banting Lifestyle for children with an increased fruit and vegetable intake. Whole grains are also acceptable. All processed foods should be avoided, no added sugars, no low fat high sugar yoghurts, look for natural unsweetened ones instead.

The biggest recommendation is to get the children away from the TV and out in the garden. I was never allowed to stay in the house as a child. It was always, “Go outside and play”. Encourage sport, and all types of exercises. A sedentary life style at this age is a long term recipe for disaster.

Advantages of Banting Diet, Foods to Reduce Cholesterol

Banting Diet, foods to reduce cholesterol, are there foods within the Banting Lifestyle that reduce cholesterol. After all the fear and hype about increased cholesterol due to the Banting Diet’s use of fats as an energy source, are there such foods for us, and should we even bother?

Although we have seen that cholesterol is no longer considered to be a problem it still does not hurt to reduce your cholesterol levels just in case. This can be achieved within the Banting diet or Banting Lifestyle.

These are five food types that will reduce your cholesterol through one or other mechanism. This is from an article emailed to me from the Harvard Medical School.

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  1. Oats. A great way to start your day. Oat meal or cold oat-based cereal. They are both high in soluble fibre giving you about one to two grams. Add some fruit such as strawberries or a banana to make up to 2.5 grams.
  2. Banting Diet, Foods to Reduce Cholesterol, beansBeans. Another food high in soluble fibre. They are just about a perfect food dieting, being low GI they take a long time to be digested by the body making you full for longer. Versatility is their middle name, with thousands of ways to prepare them, and there is an incredibly huge choice, from kidney beans to lentils, garbanzos, black-eyed peas (not the singing group). So beans are high in fibre, calcium, and iron, also a great source of protein. They provide almost full compliment of essential amino acids needed by humans.
  3. Nuts. There are endless studies showing the benefits of certain nuts on the heart. In particular walnuts, almonds and peanuts. About 50 grams a day will lower LDL by about 5%. Apart from that there are numerous other nutrients in nuts that contribute to our overall health.Banting Diet, Foods to Reduce Cholesterol, nuts
  4. Sterols and stanols. These are extracts from plants. Their listing here is because they prevent the absorption of cholesterol by the body. They have been added to certain foods but I wouldn’t spend too much time looking for them. They can also be taken as a supplement. I have never taken them but I would imagine that they would have to be taken with a meal.
  5. Banting Diet, Foods to Reduce Cholesterol, fatty fishFatty fish. One of my favourite food. They are high in Omega-3 which has been shown to lower LDL. They have an anti-inflammatory effect on the blood vessel walls and the heart preventing strokes and heart attacks. They have numerous other beneficial effects on the body. I take an Omega-3 supplement every day.

So although cholesterol is not the huge bad gorilla sitting in the corner waiting to rip your heart out, for peace of mind it is probably a good idea to feed him a banana every now and then to make sure he keeps quiet. These 5 foods should do that and they will make your doctor and insurance company happy.


Advantages of Banting Diet, Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast Cancer PreventionCancer as a disease strikes terror in everyone, but breast cancer is the most feared amongst women. It results in over 500 000 deaths a year in the United States, which is around 10% of all cancer related deaths. The United States has the highest incidents of this cancer than any other country. This shows it is a lifestyle disease. The Banting Diet or Banting Lifestyle can help with breast cancer prevention

Being a mainly lifestyle disease breast cancer is preventable. Some cancers maybe hereditary but breast cancer is no listed as one of them. The poor lifestyle choices of modern living is driving this disease. The main factors are, obesity, poor microbiome, poor diet and no exercise.

The cancer starts in the lining of the milk ducts.Breast Cancer Prevention Self Diagnosis

Self examination is the most important tool in the fight against this disease. Most cancers are discovered by the patient. Early detection, like with all cancers is vital. The earlier the detection the greater the chance of survival. Treatment is usually surgery, chemotherapy and radiation followed by hormone therapy.

As the women get older the risk of this cancer increases. So good lifestyle habits at an early age are essential. Only 5% of sufferers are under the age of 40.

The worst habits are

  1. excessive alcohol
  2. smoking
  3. obesity
  4. lack of exercise

Lets evaluate each of these habits.

Of all the habits alcohol is the lowest risk, about 8% for two units a day. It does, however, increases the more you drink.

Smoking is a massive risk factor, this includes secondary smoke. Exposure to secondary smoke in pre-menopausal women increases the risk by an amazing 70%.

Obesity is another big factor that increases proportionally with increase in weight. A gain of 9kg or 22lbs increases the the risk by 18%.

A lack of exercise goes hand in hand with obesity. Exercise also increases blood flow and oxygenation of the body and boosting the immune system

Mushrooms and green tea reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to 90%. A study of 2000 women who ate mushrooms regularly had a 50% reduction in the cancer risk. The addition of green tea further reduced the risk.

Vegetables especially brassicas, incuding broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts, also reduce the risk by 42%. One and a half servings a day is recommended. The more of these vegetables the lower the risk.

The Banting Lifestyle has been further updated to take these findings into consideration. We cannot help you with the smoking risk factor but we can with the rest.

Advantages of Banting Diet, Alzheimer’s Disease

Advantages of Banting Diet, Alzheimer's diseaseThe advantages of Banting Diet, Alzheimer’s disease is a huge plus for our chosen lifestyle. It is particularly true for me, my mother has Alzheimer’s and her father also had it. Although I have read that it is not genetic I don’t want to chance it.

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological degenerative disease, causing 60 to 70 percent of all cases of dementia. It starts slowly and gets worse with time. The first symptoms are short term memory loss, (why am I writing this article?), progresses to language problems, mood swings and behavioural problems. Other symptoms are disorientation, getting lost, not motivation and reduced self care (no longer worry about appearance, hygiene e.t.c)

As the population gets older and we live longer so this disease is becoming more and more important. America alone has some five million suffers.

Research carried out by Olivia Okereke at Brigham & Women’s Hospital on cognition and memory, and how the various fats affected them, proved to be very interesting. It was a four year study monitoring the types of fats women ate. These are saturated fats (SFA), monounsaturated (MUFA) and polyunsaturated (transfats). The monounsaturated fats were found to be the most beneficial in the memory and cognition levels. It is related to a neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. The high levels of monounsaturated fats increases the production of acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter is essential in learning and memory. Reduced production of acetylcholine has been linked to Alzheimer’s.

So certain fats are better for you than others. As a broad statement we can say that in general monounsaturated fats are better for you than saturated fats and transfats should be avoided. Monounsaturated fats are found in olive oil, amongst other places. Olive oil is a big part of the Mediterranean Diet, which has been shown to improve ageing and lower the risk of heart disease. Which is why we have incorporated it into our Banting Lifestyle.

Other good fats the polyunsaturated fats, omega 3. It is found in flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts, not very well absorbed by the body in these plant forms. It is also found in marine oils such as cod liver oil e.t.c This is the form to use for the best results.

In the 70’s and 80’s saturated fats were replaced by polyunsaturated fats. As the time went on the message got slowly change to replace all fats and now we have an increase in obese people who cannot remember who they are.

Transfats are polyunsaturated fats that have been chemically alter to increase their shelf, but they reduce your shelf life so avoid at all costs.

Something to remember is that the brain consists of 60% fats and so not providing the body with the correct raw materials will result in structural defects which will cause Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

“The brain thrives on a fat-rich, low carbohydrate diet, which unfortunately is relatively uncommon in human populations today,” reports David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain. “Mayo Clinic researchers showed that individuals favouring carbohydrates in their diets had a remarkable 89 percent increased risk for developing dementia as contrasted to those whose diets contained the most fat. Having the highest levels of fat consumption was actually found to be associated with an incredible 44 percent reduction in risk for developing dementia.”

Carbohydrates have about 16 joules (4 calories) per gram compared to fats 37 joules (9 calories) per gram. So you can see the logic in cutting down on the fats. The energy content is not the full story. Conversion of the fats into the energy takes longer than with carbohydrates, so less overall fats are consumed. Carbohydrates change your blood glucose levels too quickly resulting in insulin release which removes all the blood glucose resulting in a low blood glucose level, creating feelings of hunger and putting the person in a bad mood. The Glycemic Index (GI) of fats is better than carbohydrates.

Banting Diet Weight Loss Pitfalls, Artificial Sweeteners

This is a bit of a controversial subject, weight loss pitfalls artificial sweeteners. The facts however are beyond doubt, at least for me.

We do not know all the effects our actions cause, particularly regarding our bodies. Every action results in some reaction and often in the most unusual and unexpected ways. Weight loss pitfalls, artificial sweeteners is one of them. Another is the effects of antioxidants, but that is for another post.

There has always been a question of artificial sweeteners being partly responsible for the obesity epidemic.

Professor Noakes in the ‘Real Meal Revolution’ encourages the use of artificial sweeteners. I have always had doubts about them

Initially I was concerned about aspartane and it’s link to cancer. This has been disproved but the lingering doubts remained. It did not seem to be too intelligent to add foreign chemicals to your body.

This doubt has now been confirmed. In the Scientific American (April 2015) there is an article on this very subject.

It includes my other favourite topic, the human microbiota, the microbes (bacteria and fungi living mainly in the large intestine). These microbes are responsible for the metabolism of food, breaking it down and allowing us to absorb it.

Israeli scientist have discovered that the gut microbiota is altered by the use of sweeteners. There are two broad class of bacteria in the gut (see at the end of the article for the names). One class promotes obesity if the is an abundance of them in the gut. There needs to be a balance between the two in order for there to be a normal weight.

The obesity bacteria are more efficient at extracting energy from foods and they trigger our genes that cause us to store the fats instead of breaking it down for energy. It is believed that these bacteria shape our eating patterns by altering our hormones, leptin, that are released when we have eaten enough.Weight loss pitfalls artificial sweeteners gut microbiota

The sweeteners change the balance of the two classes of bacteria, increasing the obesity bacteria. This leads to an increase in the carbohydrate uptake, increasing blood glucose, increasing insulin resistance as the cells try to protect themselves from too much insulin. There is also an increase in the conversion and storage as fats.

So although it may seem that artificial sweeteners are the holy grail of taste and weight loss, they are in fact the complete opposite.

My recommendation is ban all artificial sweeteners of all types from your Banting Diet. Try to have no sugar if you can. If you can’t substitute honey for sugar where ever possible. If that is not possible rather have sugar, brown preferably. It was shown in the experiment that mice fed on sugar were thinner than the mice fed on the sweeteners.

Protect your microbiome by eating correctly, Banting Diet/Lifestyle, and exercising. Get out in the open as much as possible. Do not use anti-biotic soaps, do not take anti-biotics unless absolutely necessary, anti-biotic for cold and flu is a waste of time. Think carefully before taking them. Make sure you take a good pro-biotic one hour after taking an antibiotic.

The two classes of bacteria are Bacteriodes and Firmicutes (obesity promoting). As people lose weight the balance between these changes with Bacteriodes increasing.


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A review of The Real Meal Revolution

From the outset of this review of “The Real Meal Revolution” let me state my position on a couple of things.

  1. I was a big fan of Tim Noakes
  2. I think replacing carbohydrate with fats as an energy source is a good idea.

This is a summary of my review of the book “The Real Meal Revolution” by Tim Noakes et al

Use the links below to go to the detailed reviews

This book is a marketing tool, it is not a book with any other credibility. I was expecting something a lot different from a “man of science”. My faith in Professor Noakes is deeply shaken. The facts have been twisted and massaged to fit into a story for the authors. There are so many errors in facts and logic that I wonder if Professor Noakes even proof read the book.

The three main parts of a marketing plan are in place here.
1. A believable back story, not necessary true, just believable. ( The Mossel Bay Man )
2. A hero or face of the marketing campaign. ( The ‘nutty professor’ )
3. Controversy. ( Cholesterol )

It has worked for them. They have sold over a 100 000 copies I believe.

Half truths and twisted facts are the order of the day in this book. It has been reduced to a common cookbook, nothing more. Take the story and the ‘facts’ with a pinch of salt.

The really sad thing is that the concept has stood the test of time. Banting first published his ‘weight loss pamphlet’ in 1863 over 150 years. There is no need to ‘edit’ the facts except to create the controversy required to sell the book. Noakes also plays victim and hero very well. The victim being attacked by conventional medicine and the hero saving the world from obesity.

As I said before using fats instead of carbohydrates for energy is a good idea. See the Science behind the Banting Lifestyle. It has been around for more than a 150 years and has been the base for many other diets such as Atkins and Paleo diets.

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