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Zoe Harcombe PhD on the Upside Down World of Health Policy

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

Zoe Harcombe, PhD - Peak Human Podcast


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Zoe Harcombe, PhD is a researcher, author, blogger and public speaker in the field of diet and health. Her areas of interest/expertise are public health dietary guidelines (especially dietary fat), nutrition and obesity. She regularly is interviewed on TV, radio, newspapers and magazines.

She has a BA and MA from Cambridge University (economics/maths) as well as a Ph.D. in public health nutrition. Her thesis title was “An examination of the randomised controlled trial and epidemiological evidence for the introduction of dietary fat recommendations in 1977 and 1983: A systematic review and meta-analysis.”

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  • [1:30] - Zoe’s background and why she wrote her thesis on the lack of evidence for the introduction of food guidelines

  • [4:30] - Cutting calories and why it doesn’t work to focus on it

  • [10:40] - Brian asks Zoe how to properly lose fat

  • [16:30] - Zoe’s take on low carb and what she thinks we should be eating

  • [27:40] - Zoe’s take on animal vs plant foods in relation to nutrition and protein content

  • [39:30] - Zoe’s take on the Food Pyramid and how we got into this awful situation

  • [50:05] - Power dynamics in society and how it relates to our approach towards kids’ health in western societies

  • [1:07:40] - Zoe’s thoughts on the World Health Organization and The Great Reset

  • [1:20:50] - How this conversation ties into the ostracisation on red meat and the organizations behind it


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