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The Science Behind the Top 10 Claims from What the Health

2. Fat causes diabetes, not sugar

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This is one of the most irresponsible claims I’ve ever heard and could seriously hurt people.

Dr. Barnard gives the example of a cookie as a fatty food that leads to weight gain and diabetes. He claims the sugar is the lure and fat does all the damage. Actually, his literal claim is that “diabetes is not and never was caused by eating a high-carbohydrate diet.” Instead, he says diabetes is caused by a “buildup of fat in the blood” and that fat causes insulin resistance, not sugar.

This is blatantly and literally not true and defies all sense of logic, not to mention science.

Research consistently shows that a ketogenic diet, characterized by high fat and low carbohydrates, reverses diabetes.[1][2]

You’ll get even more out of a low-carb or ketogenic diet by eating a truckload of vegetables and fresh herbs, cooking your food slow and low, and keeping your toxic load in check as laid out in the Bulletproof Diet.

Sugary, high-carb diets, on the other hand, are consistently associated with weight gain,[3] brain fog and other cognitive disorders,[4] and inflammatory conditions from depression[5] to diabetes[6].

Check out this excellent Bulletproof Radio episode with Dr. Perlmutter to learn more about sugar’s effects on your brain function.

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