About the Banting Diet

William Banting

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William Banting

is notable because he was the first to publish in English the European idea that a diet low in carbohydrates was important if you wanted to lose weight.


Dr Wilhelm Ebstein

The real hero of LCHF diet in Europe was

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Dr Wilhelm Ebstein


From Wikipedia:

He studied medicine at the University of Breslau, and at the University of Berlin. Appointed professor at the University of Göttingen, in 1874.

He specialised in obesity and gout, as well as dyspepsia.

The introduced an number of new procedures for the treatment of nutritional problems. This included the virtual elimination of carbohydrates from the diet, while allowing fat to be administered with adequate protein.

Ebstein was critical of the Banting diet, because it was high in protein and contained much to little fat.

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For gout, he recommended a high-fat diet and eating berry fruits

, and no alcohol.

Ebstein believed that fat contained a nutritive value equivalent to two and a half times that of carbohydrates.

Banting v Paleo

Banting and the best Paleo diets are very similar but have different scientific roots and a different purpose. The Banting diet aims at weight loss, and maintaining you in ketosis for maximum metabolic advantage.

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The Paleo diet

aims at reducing the permeability of the gut and restoring your body to better metabolic health, but is not concerned with ketosis. On a Paleo diet you might well be in ketosis, but that’s not the objective.

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