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The data do not support the idea that the low-fat dietary guidelines caused the obesity epidemic. (A reply to Dr. Ludwig–Part 1 in the macronutrient trend series.)

(Originally posted January 10, 2018 on Medium: https://medium.com/@kevinnbass/the-data-do-not-support-the-idea-that-the-low-fat-dietary-guidelines-caused-the-obesity-epidemic-687e382894ed. Copied in full to Patreon September 21, 2018, with sporadic additional commentary as noted in the text.) According to Dr. David Ludwig…

Is fruit specially engineered to be more calorie- and carbohydrate-dense–and thus fattening–than at any other time in history? Maybe, but that’s not the whole story. Meat and hypercaloricization.

A common meme in alternative health circles is that fruit has been engineered to be more calorie-dense, thus more carbohydrate-rich, thus more fattening–than at any previous point in history. Therefore,…