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  • "Heart attack risk of low carb diets" - Daily Express (UK)

    Hi guys

    Thought you might be interested in the front page of one of the UK's main newspapers, the Daily Express, on Wednesday 27th June. The following was on the front page and it continued inside:

    "PEOPLE on extreme Atkins-style diets are putting themselves at risk of potentially fatal heart disease and strokes, experts warned yesterday.

    The controversial low carbohydrate-high protein eating plan is said to have dangerous long-term health effects.

    Cutting daily carbohydrate intake by just 20g, equivalent to a small bread roll, and increasing protein by 5g, or one boiled egg, increased the risk of cardiovascular disease by five per cent
    ."

    On page 4 it continued. To read the full article and the comments, check out this link.

    A friend who i was trying to sell the benefits of PB to, was intrigued but then read this article. She said i should read it because i "obviously don't understand the risks" i am taking.

    Although on closer reading, its about low carb / high protein (not just low carb, not PB) -taken to EXTREME - the headlines and the first page are alarmist and misleading. Thats enough to put off anyone who hears about PB, and has this article in mind - certainly the average Joe. People on first hearing about PB may well assume its an 'Atkins style' diet which is the target of the article - or at least a close relative diet... so articles like this could put them off looking into it deeper?

    My friend wouldn't listen to my protests that its nothing to do with PB. People absorb the headlines, subheaders, and 'shocker' opening statements, the rest gets lost or doesn't interest people. Like the 'extra egg = 5% more heart attack risk" - thats what they'll remember. Doh!

    The overall effect is misinformation.

    Anyway thought it was sad that CW articles like this, with the usual journalistic sensationalism / misrepresentation - would put someone off PB for good. So much so that she is genuinely worried about my health!!! (Like one study from the University of Athens should be taken as gospel.)

    Guess i better not tell her about the 2 eggs and 3 bacon i had for breakfast .
    Last edited by ajwhite; 06-28-2012, 01:53 AM.

  • #2
    Article isn't even based on a study or research report. Just a bit of filler for the paper. Journalistic beatup
    Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

    Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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    • #3
      Sorry to disagree, but the article is based on research published by two very well respected and independent German scientific institutions; however, what the journalist has done is read the abstract of the report, distort it and then sensationalise the distortion. This is pretty much standard practice in rags like the Express and the Daily Mail; there’s not a week goes by without a “eating chocolate gives you cancer” type scare-headline. The heavyweight papers like the Times, Guardian & Telegraph are nearly as bad. I guess journalists the world over are much the same.
      C.

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      • #4
        Just noticed another thread which linked this report - here. Maybe better to go there if you want to comment as there is already a lot of comments about this article (and others).

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        • #5
          Well, extremes are never healthy. Both physical and mental.
          Take a walk on the wild side.

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          • #6
            I haven't read the study which inconveniently isn't linked (I HATE THAT) but this quote seems pretty interesting:

            “Low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets, used on a regular basis and without consideration of the nature of carbohydrates or the source of proteins, are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease.”

            So people that used a low carb high protein diet on a regular basis had this effect? Who goes on diets? Fat people and people that aren't in good shape. So I think this is the chicken or the egg argument...as in low carb doesn't cause you to have a heart attack, being more likely to have a heart attack causes you to go on a diet.

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            • #7
              Cutting 20g of carbs off and replacing it with 5 grams of protein increases your risk of heart disease by 5% Lol, who seriously writes this stuff?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Forgotmylastusername View Post
                Cutting 20g of carbs off and replacing it with 5 grams of protein increases your risk of heart disease by 5% Lol, who seriously writes this stuff?
                The funniest part is a 5% increase CANNOT be statistically significant.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jimhensen View Post
                  I haven't read the study which inconveniently isn't linked (I HATE THAT)
                  That's the worst thing about these journalist articles. They don't even link their direct source of information which they base their articles on so that people can further investigate.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jimhensen View Post
                    The funniest part is a 5% increase CANNOT be statistically significant.
                    Lol. That's why I would like to read the actual study which led to her such intricate conclusions.

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                    • #11
                      Journalists simply aren't doing the job people need them to do. It's sad.

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                      • #12
                        Primal isn't low carb though

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                        • #13
                          The Daily Express, this is all you need to know


                          The General tone of this paper is 'How Imigrants, gays, work shy dole scroungers, the disabled and single mothers and lowered your house prices.
                          You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................

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                          • #14
                            Beautiful video.
                            Crohn's, doing SCD

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
                              Beautiful video.
                              I've just linked hopped to Charlie Brooker's Daily Mail Island - I'm waiting till the kids are in bed to watch that, likely to be most offensive
                              You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................

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