Last updated on April 10th, 2017
Last week I reported on a study published in the journal Nutrition in Clinical Practice that suggested a paradigm shift toward low-carb dieting was underway.
Tonight there is another piece of evidence in favor of such a paradigm shift. ABC News, in its flagship World News, presented a report about the foods most (and least) likely to be associated with weight gain, based on research by the Harvard School of Public Health. [Update]
The broadcast report was present by Dr. Richard Besser, the network’s main man for health issues. “Pound for Pound, Worst Foods for Weight Gain” — both the video and a text version by Kim Carollo and Lara Salahi – identifies the top three villains for weight gain as
- potato chips
- sugar-sweetened drinks
While it’s true that red meat was next on the list, carbohydrates were the focus of criticism – the headliners. It’s a step in the right direction, albeit with a half-step backward.
If the paradigm is shifting, we can expect many more such steps. With luck, the U.S. government will come around some day.
(Ironically, Dr Besser is the former director of the CDC, the government agency that named the potato its “Vegetable of the Month” for May.)