Sugar Busters Diet Experts Opinions

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Various health and nutrition experts do favour any type of diet which limits processed foods high in sugar (high GI), but do not endorse diet which limit all carbohydrates (including fruits and vegetables) for any length of time as they are low in certain vital nutrients.

The following is what the experts have to say about low GI diets:

  • Nutrition advice recommends eating all carbs, not just low GI
  • American Heart Association does not endorse this diet
  • The Australian Heart Foundation cautiously approves of low GI
  • Nutrition Australia cautiously favours diets based on GI
  • Nutrition Australia does not endorse this diet over the long term
The safety and health effects of high fat, high protein diets are not yet know, which suggests caution to be used when embarking on these diets

References and Explanations

  1. The Australian Heart Foundation (AHF) advises that they have reservations about the initial weight loss through the severe restriction of many carbohydrates – the AHF recommends all nutrient-rich and natural carbohydrates should be eaten and not restricted
  2. The American Heart Association (AHA) currently (as at 10 January 2008) does not recommend any of the high protein diets that are popular today, as the AHA believes that these diets can cause a multitude of health problems and may not even provide all the nutrients required to keep the human body healthy. The AMA recommends no more than 35% of total daily calories from fat (of which only 7% of calories should be from saturated fats). The AMA also advocates the intake of all carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables and grains to ensure there are adequate levels of all the nutrients in the diet
  3. The Australian Heart Foundation does not recommend very low carbohydrate diet, especially if they are higher than the recommended 7% of saturated fat, as long term diets due to the possible health risks, especially of the heart and cardiovascular system, but cautiously approves this diet as long as the carbohydrate content is about 50% of the diet and more fruits, vegetables and grains are incorporated into the diet
  4. Nutrition Australia favours diets based on glycemic index. While Nutrition Australia does cautiously approve of this diet, there is some reservation about the first part of the diet which is severely restrictive of carbohydrates
  5. Nutrition Australia does not recommend this diet over the longer term, as the possible health risks have not yet been tested and identified with high protein, low carbohydrate, low GI diets and advises caution. Nutrition Australia also advises that this diet is deficient in carbohydrate foods and dietary fibre, which means certain vital nutrients will not be taken in. If carbohydrate intake is increased to about 50% (which is recommended by the Sugar Busters diet), then this diet starts to align more closely to the current nutritional advice and would be recommended



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