Top Tip Tuesday

5 Anti LCHF Rebuttals

by Caryn Zinn, the Whole-Food Dietitian

Today’s TTT is all about the LCHF rebuttal! Arm yourself with these top 5 rebuttal tips and feel confident in defending your new eating habits should you face any critics.

  • Anti-LCHF statement 1: LCHF eating can result in an unbalanced diet because you’re leaving out a whole food group (grains).
    Rebuttal: If you’re getting enough nutrients from a range of foods, there is no need to eat grains, particularly if they cause gut-related or other issues. Plus, grains are not “forbidden” they are just de-emphasised. The odd grain-based food if you can tolerate it is ok.
  • Anti-LCHF statement 2. LCHF eating is restrictive.
    Rebuttal: Perhaps, but isn’t any healthy way of eating (including the way of conventional wisdom) be considered restrictive in some sense? Don’t you need to be somewhat restrictive in our toxic, fake food environment to achieve optimal health goals?
  • Anti-LCHF statement 3. LCHF eating results in suboptimal micronutrient intake, especially thiamine (Vitamin B1).
    Rebuttal: No it doesn’t – well not if you eat a well-formulated LCHF diet anyway – and that’s the idea. Good food sources of thiamine include beef, liver, dried milk, nuts, oranges, pork, eggs, seeds, legumes and peas. All you have to do is enter a day’s eating (LCHF vs a conventional day) into a computer analysis programme to see that it is the so-called “conventional balanced diet” that fails to tick all the micronutrient boxes.
  • Anti-LCHF statement 4. LCHF eating results in a low fibre intake.
    Rebuttal: No it doesn’t – again, not if you eat a well-formulated LCHF diet. You might not be getting fibre from grains, but you will be getting a good amount of fibre from vegetables, fruit, nuts / seeds, and legumes. If well-formulated, fibre intake is actually higher than with conventional eating.
  • Anti-LCHF statement 5. LCHF eating will give you heart disease because of the high saturated fat load.
    Rebuttal: No, it won’t. Firstly, there is no consensus that saturated fat causes heart disease. Secondly, this way of eating doesn’t give you license to drink bottles of cream and eat blocks of butter (despite what you might hear), but rather it does not vilify saturated fat and embraces its consumption along with other beneficial fats from whole unprocessed foods.

So there you have it – my top 5 rebuttals that often come in handy in discussions. Here’s hoping they will help you become armed and ready to rebut if need be.

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