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Scientists Say This "Revolutionary" Blood Diet Has No Actual Evidence To Back It Up

A new diet which works by determining your blood sugar level and recommending foods accordingly has been described as "revolutionary" by its creators. Other scientists disagree and here's why.

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Scientists Say This "Revolutionary" Blood Diet Has No Actual Evidence To Back It Up

A new diet has surfaced and is being described as a "revolutionary" diet by its designers, claiming that it is a diet which will render all other diets pointless. At The University of Copenhagen, a team of researchers has designed a test which is suited to each individual based on their blood sugar levels and eating accordingly. Other scientists and qualified nutritionists disagree with the diet, saying that a "blood sugar diet" has no substantial evidence to back up its claims. 

How it works

From the Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Sports at the university, scientists wanted to put people in three different placements based on each one's blood sugar level from A, B, and C to determine who had a more likely chance of developing diabetes and what foods to eat accordingly if they wanted to make sure to lose weight. After the diets initial start, it gained coverage worldwide and a book was published under the title of “Eat yourself slim according to your blood sugar”.

No actual Evidence

Many scientists have spoken about the new "revolutionary" diet, saying that there is no proper evidence to back up any claims that people can lose weight by eating according to their blood sugar levels. Director at the Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen and also a professor, Allan Flyvbjerg said that “Frankly, you cannot draw the conclusions that they do." 

Arne Astrup, a Professor at The University of Copenhagen developed the "blood sugar diet" alongside Mads Fiil Hjorth, an Assistant Professor at the University. Those that fell under Type A were recommended to cut down on fats and focus on consuming more carbohydrates. Type B was to focus on eating more proteins and fibres and those under Type C are to consume more fats and fewer carbohydrates.

Allan Flyvbjerg says: “I don’t want us, as doctors, scientists, and health professionals, to confuse more than we give. To use the study to recommend dietary changes for the average Joe or Jane is too much," when speaking about the science behind the diet.


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