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Why Low Carbohydrate Diets Are Correct
And the USDA Food Guide Pyramid Is Wrong


(05-18-2000: GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico)     While controversy continues between low carb diet advocates and nutrition experts, one physician claims to have found the answers we seek.

Board Certified Family Physician, Jan McBride, M.D., insists that the scientific evidence is already known and published in general nutrition textbooks. "Doctors learn the basic biochemistry of nutrition, but are never taught how to piece this information together to evaluate dietary content," she explains.

Her publication, "The IDEAL DIET for Human Health" does just that. The first chapter summarizes the scientific facts in simplified terms for laypersons, while additional chapters delve into the detailed biochemical processes to benefit physicians, nutritionists, and other professionals. Also included are specific instructions and charts to assist individuals in obtaining and assessing correct nutrient amounts. The book is available for purchase on the website, and includes a free monthly newsletter that provides updates on scientific studies related to nutrition in general, and the IDEAL DIET specifically. An online diet consultation is also offered.

Dr. McBride believes that the Food Guide Pyramid and nutrition experts continue to promote incorrect recommendations that were developed in response to the American diet that was already abnormal because of high carbohydrate use. "Scientific studies on dietary fat's effect on cholesterol and cancer were performed on diets already high in carbohydrate," she explains, "and the solution has been in the direction of reducing fat rather than reducing carbohydrate in the diet. Yet scientific evidence shows that a higher intake of fat, especially saturated fat, increases HDL ("good") cholesterol while a low carbohydrate intake decreases LDL ("bad") cholesterol."

Dr. McBride hopes her book will allow individuals to feel secure about using a low carbohydrate diet that is scientifically correct and designed to avoid potential risks, which are described in detail. She also hopes physicians and other health professionals will utilize her publication to educate themselves so they can provide correct dietary information to patients, and that they will recognize the benefit of using the IDEAL DIET meal diaries to assess an individual's nutrient intake and recommend changes based on laboratory measurements of cholesterol.

"Someday all physicians will recommend decreases in carbohydrate intake rather than fat intake for dietary treatment of high cholesterol," she predicts.