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2018.05 Low Carb and Low Carbon - Ted Eytan MD-1001-620

Without changing macronutrient (carbohydrate, fat, protein) proportions of a diet, ie. even if keeping carbohydrate intake high, there’s still benefit from eating un-processed (“real / whole”) food.


“Ultra-processed foods have been described as “formulations mostly of cheap industrial sources of dietary energy and nutrients plus additives, using a series of processes” and containing minimal whole foods (Monteiro et al., 2018)” and have never been studied in a randomized control trial compared to unprocessed (“real”) food. 20 non-diabetic adults were hospitalized for 4 weeks and fed ultra-processed and un-processed diets for 2 weeks each, and told to eat as much or as little as they wanted, over a 60 minute period.


The paper’s first sentence starts with the phrase “diet-wars” which I feel is inaccurate and contributes to a lack of curiosity about science. We are not at war with our patients; we are at peace with them.


Reference: Hall KD. Ultra-processed diets cause excess calorie intake and weight gain: A one-month inpatient randomized controlled trial of ad libitum food intake. NutriXiv; [cited 2019 Mar 4]; Available from:


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