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Cape Town’s ground-breaking LCHF Summit – reportback

The first Low Carb High Fat LCHF summit at Cape Town’s CTICC has come and gone. It drew 16 high-profile low carb experts, scientists, doctors, and researchers from around the world who share the belief that it is time to share the knowledge that “a diet based on food we did not eat for 99% of our time on earth is a fad”.

The convention took place over four days – the first three operating as a professional event, with healthcare practitioners earning continuing professional development (CPD) points for attending, and the last day defined as a public event.

Attendance numbered around 400 every day, and attracted many fans and proponents, lay and professional alike, and no doubt there were many skeptical dieticians and GPs in the audience. Here’s round-up of articles about the summit – that represent both the pro and anti views. It’s a fascinating topic of great relevance to all who make and market – and eat – food and drinks.

Diet science presents many questions

Over-simplification of science and an evangelical approach undermines good research-backed arguments on healthy eating… Attended by about 400 doctors and dieticians from SA, the UK, US and Canada, Katharine Child reports the conference actually exposed how much we still need to learn. 

Roundup – 2015 LCHF Summit – Jacques Rousseau

A long-time harsh critic of Prof Tim Noakes and the LCHF movement, Jacques Rousseau was at the summit and shares his perspectives here.

Future of cancer therapy – is it already here? Dr Gary Fettke says yes!

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr gary FettkeAustralian orthopaedic surgeon Dr Gary Fettke says low-carb, high-fat, ‘ketogenic’ diets could be the future of cancer treatment. It’s a controversial idea, but not as off the wall as some specialists believe.

Official diet advice is terminally ill, say global low-carb, high-fat experts

food pyramidGlobal medical and scientific experts attending the low-carb, high-fat summit in Cape Town have issued a consensus statement on why official dietary advice is fatally flawed.

OMG! Denver’s Diet Doctor on cholesterol and statins insanity

Dr Jeffry Gerbe Denver's Diet DoctorBack home in the US Dr Jeffrey Gerber, Denver’s Diet Doctor, focuses on the heart health of his patients. He has firm views on why lowering cholesterol is not always smart.

Tim Noakes: into the fat future with Banting and Real Meal Revolution

Tim NoakesCape Town sports scientist Prof Tim Noakes says the tipping point in favour of Banting – low-carb, high-fat eating – has come, and the Real Meal Revolution is about to spread across the world.

Zoë Harcombe on the obesity paradox: why fat people can’t lose weight

Zoë Harcombe British obesity scientistReal food is the answer to the obesity crisis sweeping the planet, says British researcher and author Zoe Harcombe.

Dr Aseem Malhotra: Mediterranean diet is heart healthy – if it’s high-fat

Dr Aseem MalhotraThe Mediterranean diet is good for hearts – as long as it is high in fat, says Dr Aseem Malhotra, a British interventional cardiologist.

Christine Cronau: high-carb, low-fat made me fat, sick, Banting cured me

Christine Cronau - sliderA leit motif running through Christine Cronau’s writing is the power of Banting – low-carb high-fat diets – and the devastating effects on body and mind of long-term low-fat, high-carb eating.

Gary Taubes on Banting and advice doctors dish out based on bad science

Gary TaubesUS author Gary Taubes says the cherished belief of doctors that food won’t make you fat if it doesn’t have fat in it, is ‘bad science’. Here’s why.

Is Banting all it’s cracked up to be? Here’s a doctor who believes it isn’t

eggs BantingWhen a diet such as Banting almost entirely eliminates a food group, questions need to be asked, says Vitality Institute chief Derek Yach.

Tim Noakes on hummingbirds and high-fat tipping points

Prof Tim NoakesProf Tim Noakes on why the hummingbird is the mascot for his low-carb, high-fat summit in Cape Town, and what he hopes to achieve.

‘Original sin’ of obesity research: idea that fat people are greedy and lazy

La_monstrua_desnuda_(1680),_de_Juan_Carreño_de_Miranda.The low-carb, high-fat summit in Cape Town has been looking at the real reason for skyrocketing global rates of obesity, and it isn’t because people are eating too much and moving too little.

Gary Taubes on carbs: they make you fat and give you heart disease

Harvard- and Stanford-trained Gary Taubes is a speaker at a low-carb, high-fat summit to talk on what is really causing epidemics of obesity and heart disease across the globe.

On Banting Road – Karen Thomson’s guide to low-carb, high-fat summit

The granddaughter of pioneering heart surgeon Prof Chris Barnard, Karen Thomson, is organiser of the first international low-carb, high-fat (aka Banting) conference in Cape Town, and gives a guide to speakers’ topics.


Fear sugar, not fat! UK cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra on carbs and hearts

British interventional cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra talks about the benefits of low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diets for heart health.

How Banting began – Tim Noakes on history, hope and high-fat

Prof Tim Noakes gives the history behind the global low-carb, high-fat movement, his own journey and the LCHF Health Summit in Cape Town from February 19 to 22.


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