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#OnThisDay 150 years ago: 1st presentation on low carbohydrate diet by William Banting

#OnThisDay 150 years ago: 1st presentation on low carbohydrate diet by William Banting | Paleo Primal Diet |

In 1863, William Banting wrote a booklet called Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public which contained the particular plan for the diet he followed. It was written in the form of an open letter in the form of a personal testimonial. Banting accounted all of his unsuccessful fasts, diets, spa and exercise regimes in his past, then described the dietary change which finally had worked for him, following the advice of a physician. His own diet was four meals per day, consisting of meat, greens, fruits, and dry wine. The emphasis was on avoiding sugar, saccharine matter, starch, beer, milk and butter. Banting’s pamphlet was popular for years to come, and would be used as a model for modern diets. Initially, he published the booklet at his personal expense. The self-published edition was so popular that he determined to sell it to the general public. The third and later editions were published (see the archived comoplete booklet at he link on teh image) The pamphlet's popularity was such that the question "do you bant?" referred to his method.

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Via Seth Bilazarian, MD
Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, September 21, 2013 10:12 AM

As a cardiologist, practicing for 20 years I am complicit in the incorrect counsel of patients earlier in my career that was part of government and professional medical societies that recommended eating a low fat and high carbohydrate diet.  This approach has clearly contributed to the obesity and diet issues we face as a society.  The lower carbohydrate, very low sugar diet advocated first 150 years ago is "new again".  For those interested in a well done documentary on the topic, check out he documentary Perfect Human Diet at 

Alexis Dickerson's comment, September 22, 2013 9:39 AM
very cool document!
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Western Diet lowers odds of "ideal aging"

Western Diet lowers odds of "ideal aging" | Paleo Primal Diet |


The impact of diet on specific age-related diseases has been studied extensively, but few investigations have adopted a more holistic approach to determine the association of diet with overall health at older ages. We examined whether diet, assessed in midlife, using dietary patterns and adherence to the Alternative Healthy Eating Index (AHEI), is associated with aging phenotypes, identified after a mean 16-year follow-up.


Data were drawn from the Whitehall II cohort study of 5350 adults (age 51.3±5.3 years, 29.4% women). Diet was assessed at baseline (1991-1993). Mortality, chronic diseases, and functioning were ascertained from hospital data, register linkage, and screenings every 5 years and were used to create 5 outcomes at follow-up: ideal aging (free of chronic conditions and high performance in physical, mental, and cognitive functioning tests; 4%), nonfatal cardiovascular event (7.3%), cardiovascular death (2.8%), noncardiovascular death (12.7%), and normal aging (73.2%).


Low adherence to the AHEI was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and noncardiovascular death. In addition, participants with a “Western-type” diet (characterized by high intakes of fried and sweet food, processed food and red meat, refined grains, and high-fat dairy products) had lower odds of ideal aging (odds ratio for top vs bottom tertile: 0.58; 95% confidence interval, 0.36-0.94; P=.02), independently of other health behaviors.


By considering healthy aging as a composite of cardiovascular, metabolic, musculoskeletal, respiratory, mental, and cognitive function, the present study offers a new perspective on the impact of diet on aging phenotypes.

Via Seth Bilazarian, MD
Alexis Dickerson's insight:

Standard American Diet = SAD diet.  Ancestoral health diets seek historic dietary principles with the goal of restoring/optimizing health and reducing diseases of affluence (diabesity, CHD, etc)

Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, May 16, 2013 4:02 PM

"Western-type” diet (characterized by high intakes of fried and sweet food, processed food and red meat, refined grains, and high-fat dairy products) has been attributed to many disease of older age. This study characterizes ideal aging as avoidance of these disease. The additional life style strategies of exercise and smoking are strongly associated with favorable aging but diet is an independent predictor.  It makes common sense that the cumulative effect of daily diet over the middle third of life will have an impact on outcomes in the last third of life.

Cynthia Tait's comment, May 18, 2013 1:24 AM
hmmm - this sounds all to plausible - not sure I am going to share this with my parents - as this will mean they have been on the right path all their lives - searching and reading and modifying their diets to suit the long lives they wish to live. Go Mum and Dad. <yeah, I still didn't share it with them - i can hear the 'i told you so' echoes through from the future> :)