The REAL Banting Diet (named after William Banging a very successful user of the diet back in the mid 1800s and wrote the booklet “Letters on Corpulence” on his experiences; he was placed on this diet by his most recent physician, Dr. William Harvey who obtained information on this subject from attending lectures in Paris by Claude Bernard. Although this booklet was first printed in 1863, it has remained continuously in print as of 2008 – and free copies, usually via pdf files can be found online).
A reading on Letters of Corpulence reveals that in fact Mr. Banging was instructed to eat FATTY meats, and NOT lean cuts. Also, fruit was extremely minimized – had Dr. Harvey known of the extent that fruit contains fructose – the worst of the sugars – I have no doubt that even that minimal fruit would have been eliminated as his goal was to reduce the consumption of all starches and saccharines (their word then to encompass all sugars). His allowance of very small amount (1 ounce) of “dry toast” is also debatable – but in any case less than the Carbs in the fruit. If you note in the story of Mr. Banting, until he became too obese to do so (before the diet), he was a heavy exerciser (sculling in the River Thames) to no avail.
In any case, a number of these recipes (no matter how delicious looking) would NOT have passed muster with Dr. Harvey (especially if he had today’s knowledge on starches and ALL sugar forms) nor that of Mr. Banging who ate simply and did not pursue complicated meal planning and recipes.
Truthfully, I am not sure that the author even knew this information about Mr. Banting as she never mentions him or his situation in her book! I believe that she heard somewhere about the term Banting and it having SOMETHING to do with low carb dieting, so voila, let’s write another little Kindle book – if you check her history, she has written on all kinds of cookery… dump dinners (that aren’t low carb), vegan cookbooks (that aren’t low carb), Ketogenic cookbooks (that are neither keto or low carb), etcetera, etcetera. I simply don’t trust such authors.
I read my daughter’s copy (as she is getting big time into LCHF along with her mother and I). I advised her how she could adjust a number of the recipes to make them Banting / LCHF and others just to disregard (or delete the book).