Scientific Review of Lustig's Fat Chance

Scientific Review of Lustig's Fat Chance

I don't often put blog posts up on someone else's works of this nature, but I'm going to make an exception because Mark Kern has done a thorough job of looking at some of the "science" Lustig puts forth in his book.  {I await the predictable dismissal ;-) }


Victor Venema said…
Evelyn, without any warning, you send your readers to a propaganda text from "Sweeteners Studies, a scientific examination of HFCS & other sweeteners" funded by the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), the national trade association representing the corn refining (wet milling) industry of the United States.

Knowing this, the "review" becomes much funnier (In German: lustig). For example, that the main lobbyist of the Corn Refiners Association, MARK KERN, PHD, RD, CSSD, first argument is that Lustig is not free of bias because he may earn money by selling the book or possibly later on by speaking on it.

Knowing this you understand the lobby-speak, why he recommends a "realistic" diet, because you cannot expect people to stop drinking soda and eat Big Macs, that would be unrealistic.

Sounds like Lustig overstretched and made some errors, but I will withhold my judgement until Lustig has responded or there is a serious review of the book.
t s said…
Thank you!

carbsane said…
Did your computer explode? Did I send you to a racist site or something? NO. Lustig won't respond. Look past possible bias and look at the science. This saved me from having to do that myself on too many points to count. Do separate out sugar from HFCS as well. Lustig doesn't and paints sugar with all the woes and ills of HFCS. Seems you do to?
Lighthouse Keeper said…
The predictable dismissals will come. There is a twisted agenda out there promoting the demonising of certain foods which is butting up more and more against rational scientific counter argument as the publicity surrounding it grows. It is refreshing to read a book like Timothy Caulfield's 'A Cure For Everything' whilst having to wallow in all the aforementioned bullshit.
carbsane said…
Meanwhile his YouTube videos are chock full of offenses against established science.
carbsane said…
Whenever I read a scientific paper, I skip straight to the results and go back to the methods if any tables or figures don't make sense out of context. If I can help it, I only read the rest from abstract and background through discussion and conclusions when I've formulated my own conclusions. Unfortunately it is darned near impossible to avoid abstracts completely, but I think it's a good practice to skip as much as possible.
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