I wrote this on FB:
I’ll say it, gladly: Professor Tim Noaks is an ignoramus. There. Actually, that’s rather kind because the only other option would be to call him a liar. He can take refuge in ignorance, though.
It was in reference to this piece of outrageous, preposterous nonsense for the benefit of VLC and Ketogenic sycophants, I surmise: Low Carb Foods: Can you eat potatoes and sweet potatoes on the LCHF diet?
…Here’s an initial clue. When you see “can you” in the title or lede of a piece, I advise you to dismiss it instantly. It’s seeking to replace your authority over your own self with that of someone else’s. Bonus points if they preface their name with a title, like, Professor, always capitalized. “Just take my word for it,” is what that means.
Here’s the money quote:
But potatoes have no nutritional value at all and they should be cut out of the diet completely.
Potatoes are a real problem because they are just glucose. You might as well just go and buy a bag of glucose from the pharmacist and eat that, because that’s the same effect biologically. Your brain and your body doesn’t know whether you just had a bag of glucose or had a potato. The response is the same: you have a huge glucose spike in your bloodstream and a huge insulin spike. [I first saw that “bag of glucose” meme from Art DeVany in 2008 – Ed]
Uh, no, you don’t. Not even Inuit in 1928, 1936, or 1972—but only once they were fasted for significant time such that NORMAL glucose sensitivity went to hell in a handbasket and they were riddled with the Holy Grail of human metabolic “flexibility:” physiological insulin resistance. Go ahead, Noaks, come down from your cloistered Ivory Tower and read your betters. There’s more here, too.
Otherwise, VLC and Ketogenic are just like a long fast, only chronic. And what’s more, how convenient it is: they’ll get the huge spikes you predict, and they’ll sit at your feet in worship because just as you predicted, potatoes “give them diabetes.” And they know this because they saw a number on a meter that scared the shit out of them, confirming your ignorant bias for you.
…Someone wrote a comment on FB that Noaks sounded like he’s taking to 3rd graders. You know what? That was totally fine in 2008 or 9; we were, many of us. But now, those of us who haven’t been held back in grades—like the Atkins worshipping VLC and Ketogenic crowds—are now about High School Freshmen. For us, we’re just beginning to learn and integrate and apply new stuff and understanding from a fresh, more widely integrated human evolutionarily perspective. Totally rad, man! We don’t bemoan the ignorance of our youth. Quite the contrary, just like I have fond memories of truly believing in Santa Claus.
How about fact checking the Professor? Well, it so happens I have a chart that compares nutrition across 17 or 18 nutrients. And indeed, potatoes come in under something like red meat. On the other hand, fat is pretty vapid in terms of micronutrients (pretty much fatty acids) and it’s pretty tough to eat, i.e., chew, above about 30% protein consistently (try it, I have). Non-starchy vegetables are pretty much water, fiber, and micronutients. What’s left? Starch.
I’ll bet you that the Professor is deficient on latest research, as Professors are prone to be. It’s so easy, once you are a Professor, to rest on laurels for decades, expecting flowers and tears at your grave 60 years later.
Significant info in that post Noaks is ignorant of, but here’s the fact check:
Oh, Myyy. What a fucking liar for effect. Why? Professor. “Don’t Look!”
Does that look like “no nutritional value at all?” Moreover, Irish lived on them for decades. More, moreover, some peoples in PNG still do—and all Blue Zone peoples eat legumes…every single one. Potatoes have a complete essential amino acid profile, though minimal, macro wise. Perhaps total protein isn’t such a huge deal?
Oh, did you notice the Tiger “nuts.” It’s a misnomer. They’re actually a tuber as well, and if you average out the nutrition, it exceeds red meat. Morover, its macronutrient profile is almost identical to human breast milk.
Dismiss “Proferssor” fucktards who simply keep professing what they’re used and comfortable with professing. That’s all I have to say for the moment.
…I’m so tired of this entrenched, no knowledge ever changes or evolves, bullshit, and I am fucking sick to death of the very, very false VLC mythology.
That is all.