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A plant-based expert has slammed low-carb ketogenic diets at the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

The Advisory Committee, which is comprised of nationally recognized nutrition and medical researchers, academics, and practitioners, updates the guidelines every few years. It invites experts to speak and share current scientific and medical evidence in nutrition.

Dr. Pam Popper is a naturopath, an internationally recognized expert on nutrition, medicine and health, and the Executive Director of Wellness Forum Health.

In this exclusive Plant Based News video, she spoke to PBN Founder Klaus Mitchell about why she criticized the diet, and how the ketogenic advocates presented to the committee.

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“The ketogenic people were angry,” revealed Dr. Popper. “I think they are constipated which is why they rant and rave and scream. But they were all talking about short term results.

“If you take a look at high-fat diets, low-carb diets, the measurements short term show that the benefits are there. People lose weight, and their numbers come down.

“But if the only thing we’re going to do is consider short-term benefits, there are a lot of things that cause people to lose weight and have good biomarkers. One is cocaine addiction. I’ve never had a fat cocaine addict in my office, and I’ve never had one cholesterol or high fasting glucose levels.

“Now I’m being facetious of course, but the point is, if the only thing that counts is short term, a lot of things are short term good, but bad in the long term, as it takes a long time for cancer to develop in response to a high-fat diet or high protein diet for example.”

Plant Based News would like to thank Dania, Noah, Emily, and everyone at PCRM to help facilitate this segment.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.