Category Archives: blood sugar

Resistant Starch: Misunderstood and Mis-promoted

Men’s Health has a good reputation so HolfordWatch was disappointed to come across: Shrink Wrapped: Strip fat with our precision engineered bangers and mash. The article is a good example of a dietary recommendation that is based on a reasonable premise but is badly communicated and promotes confusion. Continue reading

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Patrick Holford: “conventional medicine, doesn’t have a very good track record”

Patrick Holford on ITV Lunchtime 16 April 2008
Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford is Head of Science and Education at Biocare so, presumably, they believe that he enhances their reputation and scientific credibility. Holford regularly presents himself as a fearless advocate for scientific accuracy and rigour and the bringer of unpleasant truths. Despite an abundance of evidence to the contrary, he is so convinced of his own competence that Holford regularly accuses others of inaccuracy and questions the integrity of leading researchers such as Professor Carolyn Summerbell (we should point out that Holford was in error, not Summerbell). Holford usually does all this under the guise of a plucky underdog and gadfly to medicine so it’s not surpising that he has recently claimed that “conventional medicine, doesn’t have a very good track record”. Continue reading

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Patrick Holford and the Bikini Diet

Patrick Holford has sent his latest email on weight-loss to our faithful reader, Precious Ramotswe. Mma Ramotswe has written to Holford Watch to ask for our advice.

Dear Holford Watch,

I am a traditionally-built lady, as you know. Most of the time, this is of great advantage to me (e.g., snakes know where I am and I can cast shade for small children), but I am subject to much advice on the topic of weight-loss. Patrick Holford has sent me an email about his eating programme. He exhorts me to “Be proud to be seen in [my] bikini this summer and switch to a low GL diet today”. I have looked through it but there is no mention of cake which makes me a little sad. However, it may be possible to put something together from oats and fruit, although that may make me sadder as it does not resemble cake. Continue reading

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Patrick Holford and Cinnachrome for Natural Blood Sugar Balance

Patrick Holford is promoting a new supplement, Cinnachrome, to support his GL Diet. He claims that it is “specifically designed to support natural blood sugar balance”. Cinnachrome sounds delightful, like something that could be used to spice an apple pie but there is little to indicate that it might be that useful. Continue reading

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