Here’s a building collection of some articles, in no particular order, that I’ve run (read) across online. Please have a read! I’ll try to post the ones that are more accessible to the general reader.

**2016 update: there’s so much more and I haven’t been updating this list at all.


The Fat-Fueled Brain: Unnatural or Advantageous? by Shelly Fan

Published 1st October 2013 as a guest blog post on The Scientific American site.

‘Disclaimer: First things first. Please note that I am in no way endorsing nutritional ketosis as a supplement to, or a replacement for medication. As you’ll see below, data exploring the potential neuroprotective effects of ketosis are still scarce, and we don’t yet know the side effects of a long-term ketogenic diet. This post talks about the SCIENCE behind ketosis, and is not meant in any way as medical advice.’


I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How by John Bohannon

Published 27 May 2015 on io9, ‘a daily publication that covers science, culture, and the world of tomorrow’.

This is possibly one of the more important articles to read! Forget about low-carb, this is the story of a popular science setup and a sublime demonstration of the horrid broken-telephone path of news from a scientific study to the general public.

In this case the science was purposefully bad. Very bad. But this highlights the fact that if you don’t speak science or haven’t developed a good intuition for iffy scientific articles, it is so very difficult to understand anything that is thrown at you in the media. What are you supposed to believe? The author also discusses the general woeful state of nutritional science in this context.

‘Here’s a dirty little science secret: If you measure a large number of things about a small number of people, you are almost guaranteed to get a “statistically significant” result.’

‘The only problem with the diet science beat is that it’s science. You have to know how to read a scientific paper—and actually bother to do it. For far too long, the people who cover this beat have treated it like gossip, echoing whatever they find in press releases. Hopefully our little experiment will make reporters and readers alike more skeptical.’


What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie? 

Published 7 July 2002 in the New York Times.

Is Sugar Toxic? 

Published 13 April 2011 in the New York Times.

What Really Makes Us Fat?

Published 30 June 2012 in the New York Times.

Why Nutrition Is So Confusing 

Published 8 February 2014 in the New York Times.

The Soft Science of Dietary Fat all by Gary Taubes.

Published 30 March 2001 in Science, vol. 291, no. 5513, pp. 2536-2541 & 2543-2545.

Read this collection! Gary Taubes is a journalist with a strong background in physics who knows how to communicate to the general public in a very accessible manner. He has been investigating the science and politics behind nutrition for quite some time now and deserves a moment of your time.


– Are Some Diets ‘Mass Murder’? by Richard Smith.

Published 15 December 2014 on The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal).

On Nina Teicholz’ The Big Fat Surprise:
‘Over 40 years I’ve come to recognise what I might have known from the beginning that science is a human activity with the error, self deception, grandiosity, bias, self interest, cruelty, fraud, and theft that is inherent in all human activities (together with some saintliness), but this book shook me.’

And eventually:

‘It’s surely time for better science and for humility among experts.’

Footnotes:

Competing interests: RS is chair of the Cochrane Library Oversight Committee and heavier than he once was and would like to be.’


– Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Playing Politics With Our Health by Jeff Volek.

Published 16 April 2015 on Roll Call, a blog and news source on US politics and policy.

From the article:

‘Since the dietary guidelines were first released, adult obesity rates have doubled and they’re set to increase another 50 percent by 2030. Childhood obesity and diabetes diagnoses have tripled.’

‘As a dietitian and scientist, I have published dozens of peer-reviewed studies demonstrating the positive impact that decreased carbohydrate intake can have on performance, weight management, reducing cardiovascular risk, and overall health. And I’m not alone — dozens of my colleagues around the country have come to similar conclusions.’


A Call for a Low-Carb Diet That Embraces Fat by Anahad O’Connor

Published 1 September 2014 in the New York Times.

‘People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows.’

‘ “To my knowledge, this is one of the first long-term trials that’s given these diets without calorie restrictions,” said Dariush Mozaffarian, the dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, who was not involved in the new study. “It shows that in a free-living setting, cutting your carbs helps you lose weight without focusing on calories. And that’s really important because someone can change what they eat more easily than trying to cut down on their calories.” ‘

‘While the low-fat group did lose weight, they appeared to lose more muscle than fat.’

‘The average person may not pay much attention to the federal dietary guidelines, but their influence can be seen, for example, in school lunch programs, which is why many schools forbid whole milk but serve their students fat-free chocolate milk loaded with sugar, Dr. Mozaffarian said.’


Why Are We So Fat? The Multimillion-Dollar Quest to Find Out by Sam Apple

Published 19 August 2014 on Wired.

A long piece on the background of and work being done through Nutrition Science Initiative, spear-headed by Gary Taubes and Peter Attia to get some rigorous nutritional science done.

Also outlines the three experiments currently being run. Judge for yourself.