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Lore of Nutrition: Challenging Conventional Dietary Beliefs

Author: Tim Noakes & Marika Sboros

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Lore of Nutrition


This book is highly recommended reading for all professionals, researchers and students working in nutrition, dietetics, medicine and allied areas of health - as well as anyone interested in food and diet in relation to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and related conditions.

In telling his own story, Professor Noakes exposes the alarming extent to which official 'dietary guidelines' are NOT backed by sound scientific evidence (often quite the opposite). 

But in explaining this, he also provides a wealth of succinct, accessible and well-referenced information on why for many people (albeit not everyone, because there is no 'one size fits all' solution when it comes to diets that promote good health), so-called 'low-carb, high-fat' diets - based on modern adaptaions of so-called 'hunter-gatherer' or 'paleo-type' diets on which humans first evolved - are the only way to maintain good health.


"In the context of junk diets, embedded scientists, corrupt - or simply ignorant - doctors and dietitians, human health and omertas, what you believe about your personal nutrition will determine not just how you live, but also how you die." - Tim Noakes

What would you do if you discovered that the food you have been told is good for you is actually the cause of your ill health ...?

In December 2010, Professor Tim Noakes was introduced to a way of eating that was contrary to everything he had been taught and was accepted as conventional nutrition 'wisdom'. Having observed the benefits of the low-carb, high-fat lifestyle first-hand, and after thorough and intensive research, Noakes enthusiastically revealed his findings to the South African public in 2012.

The backlash from his colleagues in the medical establishment was as swift as it was brutal, and culminated in a misconduct inquiry launched by the Health Professions Council of South Africa. The subsequent hearing lasted well over a year, but Noakes ultimately triumphed, being found not guilty of unprofessional conduct in April 2017.

In Lore of Nutrition, he explains the science behind the low-carb, high-fat/Banting diet, and why he champions this lifestyle despite the constant persecution and efforts to silence him. He also discusses at length what he has come to see as a medical and scientific code of silence that discourages anyone in the profession from speaking out against the current dietary guidelines.

Leading food, health and medical journalist Marika Sboros, who attended every day of the HPCSA hearing, provides the fascinating backstory to the inquiry, which often reads like a spy novel. Lore of Nutrition is an eye-opener and a must-read for anyone who cares about their health.