Lore of Nutrition

Challenging conventional dietary beliefs

Noakes Tim, Marika Sboros

In Nutrition on Trial, Professor Tim Noakes and experienced journalist Marika Sboros explain why he champions a low-carbohydrate, high-fat lifestyle despite the constant persecution and efforts to silence him, and discusses at length what he has come to see as a medical and scientific omertà, a code of silence that discourages anyone in the profess
Date Published :
January 2018
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
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“In the context of junk diets, embedded scientists, corrupt – or simply ignorant – doctors and dietitians, human health and omertàs, what you believe about your personal nutrition will determine not just how you live, but also how you die.” – Tim Noakes

What would you do if you discovered that the food you have been told is good for you is actually the cause of your ill health …?

In December 2010, Professor Tim Noakes was introduced to a way of eating that was contrary to everything he had been taught and was accepted as conventional nutrition ‘wisdom’. Having observed the benefits of the low-carb, high-fat lifestyle first-hand, and after thorough and intensive research, Noakes enthusiastically revealed his findings to the South African public in 2012. The backlash from his colleagues in the medical establishment was as swift as it was brutal, and culminated in a misconduct inquiry launched by the Health Professions Council of South Africa. The subsequent hearing lasted well over a year, but Noakes ultimately triumphed, being found not guilty of unprofessional conduct in April 2017.

In Lore of Nutrition, he explains the science behind the low-carb, high-fat/Banting diet, and why he champions this lifestyle despite the constant persecution and efforts to silence him. He also discusses at length what he has come to see as a medical and scientific code of silence that discourages anyone in the profession from speaking out against the current dietary guidelines. Leading food, health and medical journalist Marika Sboros, who attended every day of the HPCSA hearing, provides the fascinating backstory to the inquiry, which often reads like a spy novel.

Lore of Nutrition is an eye-opener and a must-read for anyone who cares about their health.

About The Author

Prof. Tim Noakes has published more than 750 scientific books and articles. He has been cited more than 16 000 times in scientific literature, has an h-index of 71 and is rated an A1 scientist by the National Research Foundation of South Africa. After coming across research which denounced current international dietary guidelines as fallacy and being left frustrated by a decline in his own health, Prof. Noakes started researching the effects of carbohydrates, proteins and fats on the human race. His research convinced him that a high-fat, low-carb diet is the healthiest option for many.

Marika Sboros, publisher and editor of Foodmed.net, is one of South Africa’s top writers on health and well-being. She started her journalistic career at the Rand Daily Mail and has written for major newspapers, including The Star and Business Day, as well as the BizNews website, and has worked in radio. She has a BA degree from the University of the Witwatersrand with an English major and submajors in politics and philosophy.


“Lore of Nutrition gives Noakes's take on the 'code of silence' that he feels pervades the scientific and medical community.”

- Lose It! Magazine

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