Sweden has been in the headlines recently for being the first Western country officially to endorse a high fat, low carb approach to fighting obesity and the approach has been popular in the country for about a decade now. Over that period butter consumption has risen substantially, and on his excellent blog the Diet Doctor shows how this corresponds to a period of lowering heart attack incidents. In other words, another high fat, low carb myth busted…
…New statistics from The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare show the exact opposite. The incidence of heart attacks in Sweden keeps plummeting, for both men and women, just as they have done since 2005. We are becoming healthier, despite eating more and more butter.
The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare: Fewer people suffer heart attacks (statistics 1988-2012, Google translated)
As modern science time and time again has shown that a low-fat diet doesn’t do anything good for heart health, nobody should be surprised. But there are definitely people that need to update their knowledge.
Above is the butter consumption in Sweden (yellow line) in relation to statistics on heart disease (blue + purple). The axis for butter consumption is to the right.
The Swedish butter consumption just keeps going up, while the incidence of heart attacks keeps going down.
So, what’s the correlation between butter consumption and heart disease? None. There is no correlation…