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The Health Evolution Collective Podcast

Mar 9, 2020

"It is completely unethical for any medical doctor or any dietitian to tell a patient to eat less saturated fat." 

There is a big message in this for you if you are a medical doctor, Dietitian or anyone advising people on what to eat. And this is not just a blanket statement. Prof Noakes goes through why this is the case. 

I was super nervous before chatting to Prof Noakes. Afterall, how often do you get the chance to talk to and thank your hero? But instantly his kindness put me at ease, and we spent almost an hour together talking about this mans legacy.

He shared where he is now after the horrendous 4 years of being bullied, tormented, then put on trial. You will be appalled at the way he was treated, and if it wasn't for his wife.. well you listen for yourself.

Thankfully he was exonerated, and so was the low carb diet.

If there is one of my podcasts that is a must listen, this is the one.

Prof Noakes studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT), obtaining a MBChB degree and an MD and DSc (Med) in Exercise Science. He is now an Emeritus Professor at UCT, following his retirement from the Research Unit of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. In 1995 he was a co-founder of the now prestigious Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA). He has been rated an A1 scientist by the National Research Foundation of SA (NRF) for a third 5-year term. In 2008 he received the Order of Mapungubwe, Silver, from the President of South Africa for his “excellent contribution in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise”.

Prof Noakes has published more than 750 scientific books and articles. He has been cited more than 19 000 times in scientific literature and has an H-index of 71. He has won numerous awards over the years and made himself available on many editorial boards. He has authored many books. In 2003 he received the UCT Book Award for Lore of Running (4th Edition), considered to be the “bible” for runners. Since 2011 he has written his autobiography, Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career, published Waterlogged: The serious problem of overhydration in endurance sports (in 2012), published The Real Meal Revolution (in 2013), co-authored with Jonno Proudfoot, David Grier and Sally-Ann Creed, and following that the child-focused version of this book, Raising Superheroes (in 2015). The latter two are now also published overseas. In 2014 he co-wrote Always Believe in Magic, with Kevin Musikanth and Jonathan Kaplan, which is the story of the UCT Ikey Tigers journey to winning the 2014 Varsity Cup. The Banting Pocket Guide was published in 2017, co-authored with Bernadine Douglas and Bridgette Allan and most recently he has co-authored Lore of Nutrition with Marika Sboros. This details his journey from prosecution to innocence.

Following the publication of the best-selling book, The Real Meal Revolution, he founded The Noakes Foundation, the focus of which is to raise funding to support high quality research of the eating plan described in the book. He now devotes a majority of his time to promoting the low carbohydrate high fat diet, especially for those with insulin resistance, and on raising funds for Eat Better South Africa! and research through The Noakes Foundation.

He is also the Chief Medical Director of the Nutrition Network, an education, connection and learning platform founded by The Noakes Foundation in partnership with an esteemed team of doctors and scientists. He is highly acclaimed in his field and, at age 70, is still physically active, taking part in races up to 21kms.

The Noakes Foundation

The Noakes Foundation is a Public Benefit Organization founded for public benefit which aims to advance medical science’s understanding of the benefits of a low-carbohydrate healthy high fat (LCHF) diet by providing evidence-based information on optimum nutrition. The Foundation’s key goal is to change the way South Africa eats because the epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes are set to cripple national healthcare within the next 10 years.

The Foundation purely relies on funding to carry out this mandate, visit our website to find out how you can help: Eat Better South Africa!

The Noakes Foundation soon realised that the poorest communities around South Africa, whose diets mainly consist of maize and maize products, are unaware of the dangers of excessive sugar and carbohydrate consumption. This has resulted in an unprecedented increase in cases of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension. Thus the Noakes Foundation team established Eat Better South Africa! (EBSA) - the community outreach branch of The Foundation. EBSA’s goal is to educate under resourced communities about good nutrition and to provide them with the knowledge and the tools to make healthy and affordable food choices.

The Nutrition Network The Nutrition Network is an education, connection and learning platform founded by The Noakes Foundation in partnership with an esteemed team of doctors and scientists. The platform has been designed exclusively for medical practitioners across all disciplines, covering the latest and most up-to-date science and research in the field of Low Carb Nutrition.

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