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Why almost everything you’ve been told about unhealthy foods is wrong

Published on March 24, 2014,

The UK’s Observer newspaper has a very interesting piece by Joanna Blythman asking whether, after the major study last week that dismissed a link between fats and heart disease,  it is time for a complete rethink on what is healthy and unhealthy as far as food is converned?

Why almost everything you’ve been told about unhealthy foods is wrongCould eating too much margarine be bad for your critical faculties? The “experts” who so confidently advised us to replace saturated fats, such as butter, with polyunsaturated spreads, people who presumably practise what they preach, have suddenly come over all uncertain and seem to be struggling through a mental fog to reformulate their script. Last week it fell to a floundering professor, Jeremy Pearson, from the British Heart Foundation to explain why it still adheres to the nutrition establishment’s anti-saturated fat doctrine when evidence is stacking up to refute it. After examining 72 academic studies involving more than 600,000 participants, the study, funded by the foundation, found that saturated fat consumption was not associated with coronary disease risk. This assessment echoed a review in 2010 that concluded “there is no convincing evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease”.

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Saturated fat ‘ISN’T bad for your heart’: Major study questions decades of dietary advice

Published on March 18, 2014,

The Mail Online is reporting a major study that suggests guidelines urging people to avoid ‘unhealthy’ fat to stave off heart disease are wrong. The study, by the British Heart Foundation, seems not to have gone done too well with the organisation who, as reported by the BBC, are refusing to change their advice that eating too much fat is bad for you…

Saturated fat DOESN’T cause heart disease after allGuidelines urging people to avoid fat to stave off heart disease ‘are wrong’ There is no evidence of a link between saturated fat and heart disease Healthy polyunsaturated fats also do not reduce heart disease risk A dairy fat ‘significantly reduces’ heart disease risk By Jenny Hope Medical Correspondent PUBLISHED: 16:05 EST, 17 March 2014 | UPDATED: 18:41 EST, 17 March 2014 Guidelines urging people to avoid ‘unhealthy’ fat to stave off heart disease are wrong, according to a major study. After decades of advice on the harm done by saturated fat such as butter, scientists have found no evidence of a link with heart problems. A ‘mega’ study which analysed a huge amount of existing data also said so-called healthy polyunsaturated fats, such as sunflower oil, had no general effect on the risk of heart disease.

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Too much sugar linked to fatal heart disease, even in those who are not obese

Published on February 5, 2014,

CBS News is reporting what it calls “the biggest study of its kind” which suggests too much sugar can be deadly, at least when it comes to fatal heart problems…

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It doesn’t take all that much extra sugar, hidden in many processed foods, to substantially raise the risk, the researchers found, and most Americans eat more than the safest amount.

Having a cinnamon roll with your morning coffee, a super-sized sugary soda at lunch and a scoop of ice cream after dinner would put you in the highest risk category in the study. That means your chance of dying prematurely from heart problems is nearly three times greater than for people who eat only foods with little added sugar.

For someone who normally eats 2,000 calories daily, even consuming two 12-ounce cans of soda substantially increases the risk. For most American adults, sodas and other sugary drinks are the main source of added sugar.

Lead author Quanhe Yang of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention called the results sobering and said it’s the first nationally representative study to examine the issue. …

Yang and colleagues analyzed national health surveys between 1988 and 2010 that included questions about people’s diets. The authors used national death data to calculate risks of dying during 15 years of follow-up.

Overall, more than 30,000 American adults aged 44 on average were involved.

Previous studies have linked diets high in sugar with increased risks for non-fatal heart problems, and with obesity, which can also lead to heart trouble. But in the new study, obesity didn’t explain the link between sugary diets and death. That link was found even in normal-weight people who ate lots of added sugar.

“Too much sugar does not just make us fat; it can also make us sick,” said Laura Schmidt, a health policy specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. She wrote an editorial accompanying the study in Monday’s JAMA Internal Medicine

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