An Australian documentary film titled The Magic Pill claims that a high-fat, low-carb diet can prevent and even cure illnesses like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and autism. The Magic Pill is a film released by celebrity chef Pete Evans.
The documentary released by the superstar chef Pete Evans recommends that the majority of chronic diseases exist due to the modern diet. This is the very thought in the film that has got hammered by commentators. The critics are blaming the film for selling “destructive” thoughts.
For the purpose of investigating the effect of the ketogenic diet on the symptoms of different diseases, the film studies people in America and Australia suffering from different ailments.
The ketogenic, or keto diet, is said to be a high-fat and low-carb diet. It is believed that a keto diet helps our body to use fat for fuel instead of carbs.
The general population featuring in the movie was asked to follow a diet based on a keto diet standards. These keto diet principles include the following 5 guidelines:
The president of the Australian Medical Association, Michael Gannon, hammered and criticised the film. Gannon announced that the film is hurtful, harmful and mean.
On behalf of Michael Gannon, the Daily Telegraph reports, “The possibility that a high-fat diet can change a youngster’s conduct in a month is simply so obviously strange … but then the fact of the matter is that the guardians of mentally unbalanced kids (autistic children) are so frantic that they will go after anything.”
The criticism of the film, The Magic Pill, comes partly from the confusion created by some news outlets covering the film. These news outlets called the keto diet a paleo diet.
Experts say, “While keto has paleo standards, keto is completely high-fat, however not really high-protein like paleo. A lot of protein changes into glucose in the body, which removes your ketosis.”
BANANIAC uploaded a video titled “The Magic Pill Debunked by Nutritionist | The Truth About Keto Diets” on their YouTube Channel. Watch the Video below and read what David Brown has to say about this, just below the video.
Rapidly listing a bunch of things you think are true does not constitute “debunking” something. I think this nutritionist doesn’t really know what he is talking about.
I appreciate that he acknowledged the fact that the film, The Magic Pill, emphasized whole foods and staying away from processed foods.
But let’s look at the typical claims found in his video:
1. Low-carb diets result in higher all-cause mortality.
The study he quickly shows is a meta-analysis of several observational studies on macronutrients and long term mortality.
First- it is a meta-analysis of observational studies. Observational studies cannot establish cause and effect. They can only lead to questions to be studied further in different types of studies designed to actually establish cause and effect. So from the start, we should acknowledge that these studies cannot show a causal relationship between low-carb diets and increased mortality.
Second, these studies in the analysis varied tremendously in how they defined “low-carb.” Most defined “low-carb” as getting 25-35% of calories from carbs. And that is totally different from a ketogenic diet. In keto, people usually take in 5-10% of their calories in carbs. So apples and oranges, folks. And also- most of the “low-carb” diets were high protein. And a keto diet is not a high protein diet. Keto diets usually include about 15-20% of calories from protein.
Again- not a high protein diet. So all in all, this is a really bad meta-analysis to use if you are claiming that a ketogenic diet results in increased mortality. It shows nothing like that.
2. He appropriately claims that weight loss itself along with calorie restriction will usually result in improved cholesterol levels. I guess he is not familiar with all the studies evaluating the low-carb/high-fat diet where these subjects consume food on an ad lib basis- in other words they can eat as much as they want.
Or the studies showing tremendous metabolic benefits with the keto diet independent of weight loss. So this is a fail too.
3. He references Shawn Baker and says that Baker only eats meat. This, again, is nothing close to a ketogenic diet.
4. He claims that having an LDL of 140 mg/dL is “lethal.” Wow. That is absolute craziness. Such an insane way to make health predictions – one simple lab value independent of anything other context. He has an extremely limited view of cardiac risks and lipidology.
5. He also says that it is “proven” that saturated fat causes diabetes. The fact that he uses the word “proven” shows he doesn’t really understand the scientific literature. Anybody who does wouldn’t use that word.
To support this claim – he shows a paper looking at resolution of type II diabetes after bariatric surgery. In no way, shape, or form does this paper support his claim.
6. He cites the paper on vegan diet and improvement of blood glucose. The investigators created a list of whole foods that the subjects could eat and had them eat low-glycemic index foods. These subjects were obese and diabetic to begin with. And they saw lower blood glucose levels when they went with low glycemic foods.
WOW. Could we not predict that? And doesn’t that go against the claim that it is saturated fat that causes type II diabetes?
I can go on and on. But suffice it to say is that this gentlemen joins a long list of vegan propagandists who do not understand scientific literature and shouldn’t be posting these videos making claims that apparently know little about.
Thus, David Brown writes 6 points to prove that the video review by BANANIAC has failed to prove its point that The Magic Pill film has been debunked.
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