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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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Video: How Seed Oils Cause Cancer

Published on January 31, 2014,

This is another fascinating lecture courtesy of Jimmy Moore from the 2013 Low Carb Down Under event in Australia. It features lawyer and long time anti-sugar campaigner David Gillespie turning his attention to the damage he believes is being done to our health by polyunsaturated fats from (certain) plants and their seeds…

See more from David at his website

See more videos from the 2013 Low Carb Down Under at Jimmy Moore’s Vimeo channel

‘Lost’ Data Shows Animal Fats Like Butter Really Are Better For You

Published on February 12, 2013,

A review of previously unpublished data from an older study shows that the advice repeatedly given by the American Heart Association (amongst many others) to replace consumption of saturated animal fats (like butter) with polyunsaturated vegetable fats (like vegetable oil and margarine) may be entirely wrong. Here’s what Tom Naughton makes of the news, from the Fat Head blog…

Butter and a butter knife

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Well, I am shocked: researchers recently discovered some lost data from a 40-year-old study on heart disease, analyzed the lost data, and discovered … wait for it …the animal fats we’ve been consuming for hundreds of thousands of years appear to be better for our health than the chemically extracted vegetable oils we’ve only been consuming for the past 100 years.

I know, I know … you can’t believe it either, can you? The new analysis has (fortunately) been making a bit of a splash in the media. Here are some quotes from an article published in the online edition of Forbes:

In an exceedingly strange turn of events, data from a clinical trial dating from the 1960s, long thought to be lost, has now been resurrected and may contribute important new information to the very contemporary controversy over recommendations about dietary fat composition.

The American Heart Association has long urged people to increase their consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), including omega 6 PUFAs, and reduce their consumption of saturated fatty acids. The recommendations are based on the simple observation that PUFAs lower total and LDL cholesterol while SFAs have the opposite effect. However, the cardiovascular effects of substituting PUFAs for SFAs have never been tested in randomized, well-controlled clinical trials, and a growing proportion of experts now suspect that simple changes in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol may not tell the whole story.

Let’s just stop and re-read part of that paragraph.

However, the cardiovascular effects of substituting PUFAs for SFAs have never been tested in randomized, well-controlled clinical trials …

We’ve never had anything remotely resembling actual proof that substituting vegetable oils for animal fats prevents heart disease. But the lack of proof didn’t stop an entire industry from building up around the belief that vegetable oils are better for our health – just visit your grocery store and look at all the tubs of Smart Balanceand other butter substitutes touting the fact that they contain less saturated fat.

The lack of proof didn’t stop The Guy From CSPI from harassing the restaurant industry into substituting vegetable oils for the lard and tallow they once used to fry foods. (And a chicken-fried steak hasn’t tasted the same since.) The lack of proof didn’t stop schools, hospitals, company cafeterias, and just about every other institution that serves meals from dumping butter in favor of margarine.  The lack of proof doesn’t stop the average doctor, dietitian or nutritionist from believing that hundreds or even thousand of studies have shown that animal fats cause heart disease…

More at:  Surprise, Surprise! Animal Fat Beats Vegetable Oil In ‘Rediscovered’ Study


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