Here is a brief summary of the human evolution. Viewed in this
perspective, it becomes crystal clear that LCHF is the diet that humans
are supposed to eat. It becomes obvious what causes the "diseases
of affluence" and the uncontrolled epidemic of obesity in the West.
Human evolution verdict in a year
Five million years ago humans began developing in East Africa.
Unlike apes, man left the jungle. People stood on their hind legs
(the least energy-consuming way to travel) and got the ability to
sweat to prevent overheating. Man's digestive system adapted to
mainly animal food (carnivore), which meant that he did not need to
eat as often.
[Could it be that humans have become so
resourceful because they have more "free time", since they don't
need to eat all day long? The human digestive system is developed
mainly for digesting meats (animal foods). For example, the small
intestine in humans is longer than that of monkeys. The small
intestine is where meats are processed during digestion. The large
intestines are shorter in humans than that of the monkeys. Vegetable
foods are processed in the large intestines. Our set of genes has
changed. Most genes that have been added are genes that control the
production of enzymes that are important for the breakdown of animal
fat during digestion.]
five enzymes for fat loss, but only one enzyme, insulin, to burn
carbohydrates. Man hunted in the savannahs and gathered eggs, edible
plants, etc. Fossil records show, that among man's earliest tools
are tools to access the attractive fat-rich bone marrow from large
land animals. Eventually, humans learned to use fire to cook. Meat
boiled, fried or dried by the fire, was sturdy, easy to chew and
easy to digest food.
Through mainly a meat diet we had access to a power source that far
surpassed the herbivorous animals. This way, man could stalk their
prey over long distances and tire them out. By following their prey,
man eventually spread all over the earth. Continents collided and
separated from each other (plate tectonics) and ice caps melted. The
main food sources were hunting and fishing. Thus
arouse the various human races with different genetic adaptations to
different living conditions.
Then the world changed quickly in three stages
Stage 1. December 31 (New Years Eve)
9,000 years ago (Time 08:15), first in Iraq, humans began to
cultivate and grow crops for food. Here in the Nordic countries
cultivation started about 4,000 years ago (Time 17:00). The
agricultural revolution transformed
humans from a nomadic to residential and the population growth rate
increased. The proportion of carbohydrates in the diet increased
[All archaeologists can attest that there is a
dramatic difference between the healthy skeletons from
hunter-gatherers and the illness tormented skeletons from the
agricultural part of the same people.]
The processes of evolution to
adapt to condition changes such as these are very slow. They would
occur on a geological timescale and it would take thousands of years
for these mutations to occur. It may be possible that man, as we
now are, have adapted reasonably well to this change in diet. But to
the following two changes the human body certainly has not had
sufficient time to adapt!
Stage 2. December 31 (New Years Eve) at 23:40
The 1800s brought the industrial revolution.
Now began industrial production of refined products that had
previously been reserved for the rich, such as sugar and white
flour. Early explorers and anthropologists observed how healthy,
isolated human tribes became sick from "the white man's food".
Numerous examples show that natural populations exposed to this
diet, about hundred years ago, suffered all our "modern lifestyle
diseases" such as rotting teeth, diabetes, atherosclerosis and
cancer. These observations were comparisons over a time period of 20
to 30 years from the earlier sample of the same group that were not
exposed to this new diet. In the 1930’ies, butter was replaced by
margarine with a significant increase in heart attacks as a result.
Today, virtually all food is processed by the food industry and it
is difficult to find foods without added sugar that triggers us to
eat more and more often, which makes us store fat instead of burning
fat. Similarly, the health care industry (which is largely
controlled by the pharmaceutical industry) focuses more on
medication than preventive care.
Stage 3. December 31 (New Years Eve) a few minutes before midnight
In 1958 (Time 23:56), a hypothesis was put forth by the American
epidemiologist, Ancel Keys in the "Seven Countries Study". This
study stated that greasy food was the cause of cardiovascular
disease in humans. It is claimed that the study was actually
conducted in 22 countries, and that Keys chose to only present the
results for the countries that confirmed his theory! Manipulated or
not - the Keys hypothesis has been proven wrong - but it was highly
influential and have shaped our "world view" of the cause of obesity
and cardiovascular disease. We were taught to fear "fatty foods" and
the consequences have been devastating!
[The same year, the McGuire Sisters had a
hit with the song Sugar Time. "Sugar in the morning, Sugar in the
evening, Sugar at supper time...]
In 1980 (Time 23:57) in the USA, the average household diet
consisted of 42 % fat, while 25 % of the population had become
overweight. In 1984 the USA authorities issued warnings and
encouraged a fat reduced diet. It was believed (scientifically
unfounded), that cardiovascular diseases are caused by high
cholesterol levels in the blood. The basis of the diet should
consist of carbohydrates! The industry adapted and reinforced the
message. The result was not long in coming. Twenty years later (year
2000), it had come down to a diet which on average contained 22 %
fat. Carbohydrates were used to compensate for the fat content of
the previous typical diet. The result in the form of obesity was
also changed dramatically - but in exactly the opposite direction to
the expected. In a time span of just 20 years, obesity increased to
alarming 65 %!
[In 1979, I visited the United States. At
that time, obesity was not that common in Sweden, so I was amazed at
how many hugely fat people I saw. I had to surreptitiously take
photos of them to show my people at home. In 2011 I visited the
United States again. Now the rate of obesity had increased
tremendously! It almost felt unusual to see a normal weight person.]
The current state of things
The natural seasonal fluctuations of the availability of different foods,
has disappeared. Year round we have access to fruits and vegetables from
around the world. The consumption of sugar is abnormal! Because of the
fear of fat, the fat content of the food has been reduced and replaced
with sugar! If you were to remove the foods that contain added sugar
in any grocery store, the shelves would stand gaping empty! We drink huge
amounts of sugar solution, and we eat large amounts of food rich in
carbohydrates. Most of the food we are consuming is unnatural, and
industrially processed. Most invariably, all of it will contain chemical
additives to mask the bad ingredients and extra sugar to make us hungry
sooner and eat more. We eat more and more, while getting sicker and sicker
and getting more and more allergies and food and pharmaceutical industries
profit from it. Since the 1950s the number of doctors in Sweden has
increased by 500 %, but waiting lists have never been longer.
The research that has been used as our guide to a healthy diet has
overwhelmingly been funded by the food industry. The food industry's
interests and pressure stands behind the FDA recommendations - such
as the completely insane advice to those who have type 2 diabetes.
The recommendation of a carbohydrate rich diet to a type 2 diabetic
is as stupid as to recommend whiskey to an alcoholic. Many
people with type 2 diabetes are asymptomatic after having changed over
to the LCHF diet and could stop their insulin injections. What if such
an asymptomatic diabetic ends up in the hospital and end up getting a
sugar intravenous drip or hospital food that is rich in carbohydrates?!
The pharmaceutical industry dictates the actions of the medical education
and care providers today. Therefore, medical care is not focused on preventive
health care, but on medication. The side effects from one medication alleviated
with an additional medicine and so on. For example, my doctor prescribed statins
to lower my cholesterol - without checking the balance between the "good" and
the "bad" cholesterol.
Gastric bypass is a very lucrative business. Lots of people let mutilate
their digestive system that has been refined over millions of years, in
order to lose weight on this carbohydrate fueled food foisted on us over the
last decades. Recently a gastric bypass was performed on a 2 year-old (!) in
Saudi Arabia. What a frightening lack of knowledge, common sense and medical
[A slight digression: Fluorine is a highly reactive and toxic substance used
in a variety of industrial processes. However, through clever marketing, based
on research funded by the stakeholders, the industry has led us to believe that
fluoride is beneficial and prevents tooth decay. That way toxic industrial waste,
harmful to the environment, could be disposed of by adding them to our drinking
water and we have a positive approach to the very poisonous substance fluorine!
In fact, fluoride kills all life. Thankfully, it is now forbidden to add
fluoride to our drinking water. But fluoride is still added to dental products
like toothpaste, mouthwash, fluoride tablets. One should avoid swallowing fluoride
toothpaste (read the warning on the tubes). One must wonder how much we ingest
through the oral mucosa and what (if any) benefit is there to taking fluoride
It annoys me...... that opponents of the LCHF diet always claim that
"there is no scientific
research that proves that the LCHF diet is healthy." They claim that, even
though there are countless testimonies from people who improved their health
with the LCHF diet. Under Swedish law, a licensed health care is based on
"science and proven experience". Are these testimonials not examples of
It does not take a genius to realize that we should eat the natural food(s)
that we are adapted to. It is just plain common sense. Zookeepers know that
animals feel bad if you give them an extraneous diet. One need not be a
scientist to see that the LCHF diet works. You can easily try it yourself!
I would counter by saying that medical science is not a real science, because
its foundation is the dogma that fat is dangerous! That dogma has been proven
wrong. Unfortunately, the food and pharmaceutical industry, doctors and
nutritionists continue to stubbornly cling to it as if it were a truth.
scientist will question and always try his/her utmost to disprove a theory
before it is considered probable or likely. Despite that the basic LCHF diet
has been known since the 1860s (W. Banting) it has been effectively evaded,
distorted, slandered and scorned.
It goes without saying that it would be a really lousy business for the
stakeholders of the pharmaceutical industry to focus on making people healthier.
Instead of researching the reasons why we get sick, so that we can prevent
diseases, research and medical education focus on medication that relieves
symptoms, rather than making us healthy. The side effects from one medication are
relieved by another medicine, etc... You got to keep the wheels turning and
cannot patent natural stuff!
It also goes without saying that it is most profitable for the food industry to
use the cheapest possible raw materials, to hide it with chemical additives,
adding sugar and sweetener in all products so that we become hungrier and
propagate more carbohydrates. 80 % of our food contains added sugars.
It also annoys me...
...that when the LCHF diet is debated on TV, or written about in the press, is it
not by experts, but rather by ignorant pundits and the angle is always that
the LCHF diet is just another weight loss diet. Why are they never focusing on
the health benefits? Why don't they ever discuss SUGAR as the addictive and
partly toxic drug that it is?! It should be a human right to be able to eat
food without added sugar!
It will be very interesting to see if it is possible to move our derailed diet
back on course. It seems to be very difficult given the stakeholder's stubborn
resistance. On top of that is people's unwillingness to think for themselves,
fear of questioning authority and changing old patterns. I may never experience
it in my lifetime. Maybe the humans in the future will mutate into insects that
can live on sugar solution? If you've read this far, you've hopefully gained
some insights and food for thought. This is my small contribution to start the
food revolution that is needed. Spread the word!
starting links if you have become curious:
Diet Doctor - Andreas Eenfeldt.
Here is all information (in several languages) whatsoever about the LCHF diet.
Here are two highly interesting lectures by Dr
It is well recognized that cancer is fueled by glucose. This CBS coverage
argues that cancer cannot feed on ketone bodies:
Some last words...
Around the time that my wife and I started with the LCHF diet, I heard a lecture on
YouTube about "statins" (medication to lower cholesterol levels), and I
immediately went into the bathroom and threw away the tablets. After
eating the LCHF diet for about three months, we went to a health
check-up. We were a little worried about what our blood count would
show due to our increased fat intake. After such a short time the
blood count results turned out to be absolutely perfect! The nurse
also saw directly from our urine test that we burned fat. At this
writing, after about 20 weeks with the LCHF diet, our combined
weight reduction is 20 kg! So we have both lost about 0.5 kg/week.
According to BMI, my wife has gone from obese to overweight. She is
currently trying old clothes that she is suddenly able to wear.
Since a couple of weeks I am normal weight!!!