Spoken by David Kritchevsky of the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, who in 1958 wrote the first textbook on cholesterol.
Sometimes the solutions to these problems ( that we have been looking at) are worse than the problems. For years, we’ve been told the following: “Eating too much saturated fat is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. A diet high in saturated fat causes a soft, waxy substance called cholesterol to build up in the arteries.”
This was right out of the Framingham’s initial report. The study went on for years becoming probably the largest heart study in the world (spanning three generations) and within a short time of producing its original findings, retracted them, but doctors, not knowing anything about nutrition hung onto the original reports and kept telling us that we’d die from eating too much saturated fat. So, instead, we started eating more grains, starches, got obese and began an epidemic of diabetes which leads to early death by CHD. Ironic, eh? (source)
Many of us blame Ancel Keyes but a huge amount of the blame should rest on the shoulders of the McGovern Committee. They had no credentials yet managed to change the entire eating habits of most of planet earth. There was an agenda and they were determined to see their name up in lights for time immemorial. To learn more about this look here.
Now perhaps we understand better why there is a large increase in the number of Diabetic patients and overall Obese patients in the American (- read WORLD) population, since the drastic dietary changes instituted after the McGovern report.
Eat Low Fat everything became the mantra and an entire industry sprang up to support it. If this were to change because it was recognised to be wrong, dangerous and harmful to health – consider the ramifications.
Of course there are and have been vocal opponents to this government mandated scheme to get us all off fat and into eating carbohydrates. Have they been listened to? HECK NO! That would mean admitting they may have been wrong the entire time – when was the last time (first time) a government did that?
In the face of this uncertainty, skeptics and apostates have come along repeatedly, only to see their work almost religiously ignored as the mainstream medical community sought consensus on the evils of dietary fat. For 20 years, for instance, the Harvard School of Public Health has run the Nurses’ Health Study and its two sequelae–the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and the Nurses’ Health Study II–accumulating over a decade of data on the diet and health of almost 300,000 Americans. The results suggest that total fat consumed has no relation to heart disease risk; that monounsaturated fats like olive oil lower risk; and that saturated fats are little worse, if at all, than the pasta and other carbohydrates that the Food Guide Pyramid suggests be eaten copiously. (The studies also suggest that trans fatty acids are unhealthful. These are the fats in margarine, for instance, and are what many Americans started eating when they were told that the saturated fats in butter might kill them.) Harvard epidemiologist Walter Willett, spokesperson for the Nurses’ Health Study, points out that NIH has spent over $100 million on the three studies and yet not one government agency has changed its primary guidelines to fit these particular data. “Scandalous,” says Willett. “They say, ‘You really need a high level of proof to change the recommendations,’ which is ironic, because they never had a high level of proof to set them.” (source)
A person with a genuine interest in why they believe the food supply may have made them ill – and with the will to want to get better, will take the time to read the links and pages in an article like this. There is no real point in getting angry because you feel you have been led by the nose, possibly up a blind alley – and you feel there is no way out etc! Take control of the situation rather than allowing a bureaucracy to push you in the direction they are dictating.
The lesson here is accepting (and that can be very difficult) that Saturated Fats are good for your body. Then choosing to eat them in place of the polyunsaturated oils which have never been proven to be of health benefit to us – quite the opposite in fact in most cases. (source) Those in authority have used scare tactics again and again – with phrases similar to ‘fat clogs up your arteries’. We have 3 generations who have grown up with fat is bad for you mantra – they know nothing else. I have seen young shop assistants and waitresses squirm when I have purchased or asked for a full fat (like butter or whole fat yoghurt) product. The inference being “she is trying to kill herself”.
I go out with a lovely group of ladies once each month for morning tea. We try out different cafe’s in the vicinity. I always drink my tea/coffee black as the casein in milk does not agree with me. However I watch the others very carefully as they order their Mocha’s and Chai’s – with skim milk. Then the scones arrive with the butter and whipped cream….. that too is avoided in preference to jam or marmalade. There is a real fear of the fat content.
Did you know that all the cells in your body require
saturated fats to remain healthy?
Remember this series is called The Cellular Season
for a reason!
Next RANT will address the carbohydrate misinformation.
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