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27 October 2014

‘Banting/Noakes diet’ discriminates against women


There seems to be no end in sight for the Banting/Tim Noakes’ diet-saga.

‘Mampara of the week’

As the fracas gathers momentum, thanks largely to frantic media coverage, the chief protagonists are making more and more scientifically irrational statements. Last week, for instance, the Sunday Times featured “Noakes makes a U-turn on dairy’s ‘green’ status”, and reported that one of his acolytes Dr Glen Hagemann has banned “slow-losing women” from his crash diet-courses.

Hogarth also nominated Tim Noakes as “Mampara of the week”, and I didn’t know whether I should laugh or cry.   

Low-carb diets come and go

Back in the day when I was at university, Dr Atkins published a whole series of books on his version of the zero/very-low-carb, high-protein, high-fat diet – and made millions of dollars. He also founded an empire manufacturing zero-carb foods.

In the 21st century the low-carb, high-protein diet has been rediscovered and repackaged by a number of opportunistic authors, cashing in on the public’s unquenchable desire for a quick-fix diet miracle. 

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