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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Saturated fat shown to be beneficial in the fight against diabetes

This post includes a summary of a paper published in Current Diabetes Reports 2011 Jan 15 and a recipe for roasted veal shanks.

Study title and author:
Fad Diets in the Treatment of Diabetes.
Feinman RD.
Department of Cell Biology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 450 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11203, USA,

This paper can be accessed at:

Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars
The author concludes: "Use of the term "fad diet" reflects the contentious nature of the debate in the treatment of diabetes and generally targets diets based on carbohydrate restriction, the major challenge to traditional dietary therapy. Although standard low-fat diets more accurately conform to the idea of a practice supported by social pressure rather than scientific data, it is suggested that we might want to give up altogether unscientific terms like "fad" and "healthy." Far from faddish, diets based on carbohydrate restriction have been the historical treatment for diabetes and are still supported by basic biochemistry, and it is argued that they should be considered the "default" diet, the one to try first, in diseases of carbohydrate intolerance or insulin resistance. The barrier to acceptance of low-carbohydrate diets in the past has been concern about saturated fat, which might be substituted for the carbohydrate that is removed. However, recent re-analysis of much old data shows that replacing carbohydrate with saturated fat is, if anything, beneficial. The dialectic of impact of continued hemoglobin A(1c) versus effect of dietary saturated fat in the risk of cardiovascular disease is resolved in direction of glycemic control. Putting biased language behind us and facing the impact of recent results that point to the value of low-carbohydrate diets would offer patients the maximum number of options".
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Recipe of the day

Roasted Veal Shanks

USDA Prime Veal Osso Buso 2.-1.1/2 thick
Food Mall: Veal
6 pieces veal shanks, each about 2 1/2 inches long
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp pepper
1 onion, cut up
3-5 Tbsp hot water

Place veal in single layer in heavy roasting pan. Sprinkle with oil, lemon juice, and pepper. Arrange onion on top. Cover and cook in 350F oven for 1 1/2 hours or until tender. Uncover and brown for 30 minutes longer, adding water to increase natural juices, if necessary.

This recipe can be used with a veal roast. Substitute shoulder or rump roast for the shanks and proceed as above.