Following on from my recent posts criticising the diabetes.co.uk aka the forum of flog so called low carb diet plan.
The posts regarding the flogs latest stunt have received a lot of feed back after being placed on our blog and twitter. I have also received emails and telephone calls. I follow many well known medical professionals and high profile low carbers on twitter and more than a few follow me. This is the general consensus of opinion.
They believe to call this diet plan low carb is misleading people, and 120-150 grams of carb per day is certainly not a low carb diet. They fear as do I, people will try it, fail to get to safe BG numbers and be put off continuing with the plan. Over the years we have all read of studies showing at best mediocre results regarding a low carb trial or study. When we look past the headlines, it is plain to see the low carb diet receiving negative comments, had in fact been anything but a low carb diet. Often we see 150 or even 200 grams of carb a day being described as low carb, and it is obvious why diabetics failed to lose the required weight or get to safe stable blood glucose numbers.
This sort of subterfuge has been used for decades, to rubbish healthy saturated fats. Trials and studies have warned us of the dangers of eating fat, while including trans fats in the trials, therefore giving a false impression fats such as butter and lard etc. were a health hazard. It is now generally accepted natural saturated fats pose no health threats, but trans fats are a killer.
I fully accept I am very biased against diabetes.co.uk, the reasons why are very well known. That being said, many of my contacts have never been members, and have no particular axe to grind against the flog, many are not diabetics. But as can be seen from comments made on my twitter account, they believe this latest initiative from the flog will do far more harm than good. As Graham said last night on our forum, the highest profile low carb antis at the flog, would almost certainly agree with this diet plan, that says a lot I reckon.
It should be remembered, many who follow this blog and our forum, are highly knowledgeable regarding a true low carb diet and safe diabetes control. If the flogs stunt takes off, many recruits will be newbies and long term poorly controlled and confused. 150 grams of carb per day won’t be doing many any favours, as I am sure every true low carber knows. Many diabetics will require a considerable amount of medication, on this plan, when a true low carb diet would enable many to be medication free.
We know the flog is desperate to further their money making schemes with big pharma. Recommending a true low carb diet to all, won’t be getting cash registers ringing at the forum of flog, the management knows that. As always follow the money.