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The Science Behind the Top 10 Claims from What the Health

5. The only way to reverse disease is to stop eating animals and their byproducts

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Don’t worry, the film’s producers sourced self-proclaimed “professional idiot” Steve-O to back this claim. If you recall, this guy is a Jackass, not a nutritionist. (This is not an attack. This guy literally lights himself on fire for money. But that’s kind of the extent of his professional experience.)

Instead of listening to the guy who staples index cards to his man parts, let’s see what researchers found about reversing diabetes and heart disease.

A quick search revealed piles and piles of studies that demonstrate that a lower carb diet improves blood glucose control and reduces diabetes medication better than eating a low fat, high-carb, grain-based diet.[19] If you don’t have heart disease or diabetes but want to lose weight, low-carb works for that, too.[20]

Not only that, a large randomized control study found that a low-carb diet was easier to stick to than a low-fat program, and the low-carb dieters lost more weight than the low-fat group. LDL cholesterol (the one you want to keep low) didn’t change much but HDL (the one you want to be high) jumped up in the low-carb group.[21]

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