What today is referred to as LCHF was initially branded – if you can say so – in Sweden by Dr Annika Dahlqvist, one of the first MDs (Doctor of Medicine) to officially recommend her patients low-carb, high-fat food. Dr Dahlqvist recommended LCHF as a way for losing weight and/or to manage diabetes. Back in 2005 LCHF was highly controversial and clearly against recommendations provided by Sweden’s national Food Standards Agency and Dr Dahlqvist was reported to Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare. However in 2008 Dr Dahlqvist was cleared and Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare found the recommendations to her patients were consistent with science and proven experience which in Sweden resulted in a massive interest in LCHF.
Despite what Sweden’s national Food Standards Agency may claim, many Swedes have started to eat less carbs and stopped being afraid of natural fats. The consumption of eggs, real butter and full-fat dairy products have risen over the last years in Sweden and a public opinion pull in March 2011 claimed that 23% of the Swedish population are now eating according to LCHF. At several occasions over the last few years butter shortage has been reported in Sweden due to the increased interest in full-fat products. Simultaneously prices of low-fat products have been reported frequently dumped due to lack of interest in low-fat products.
It appears that increasing numbers of Swedes avoid the conventional advice to eat a low-fat, high carbohydrate diet, but instead are opting for something altogether lower in carb and higher in fat – the LCHF lifestyle.