The misguided war on fat

For over thirty years, I have been watching  more and more people becoming phobic about eating fats and, oddly enough, many have themselves been becoming fatter.  

My own position is that a moderate consumption of good quality fatty foods primarily from organic sources is beneficial.  In addition, to me, simple sugars appear to be causing many more health problems.

If you find this article interesting and would like to read  more, I recommend you find a copy of Gary Taubes Good Calories Bad Calories.

This article is published by Slate .


By Melinda Wenner Moyer

Posted Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 1:02 PM ET

Thirty years ago, America declared war against fat. The inaugural edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published in 1980 and subsequently updated every five years, advised people to steer clear of “too much fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol,” because of purported ties between fat intake and heart disease. The message has remained essentially the same ever since, with current guidelines recommending that Americans consume less than 10 percent of their daily calories from saturated fat.

But heart disease continues to devastate the country, and, as you may have noticed, we certainly haven’t gotten any thinner. Ultimately, that’s because fat should never have been our enemy. The big question is whether the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, due out at the end of the year, will finally announce retreat.

The foundation for the “fat is bad” mantra comes from the following logic: Since saturated fat is known to increase blood levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and people with high LDL cholesterol are more likely to develop heart disease, saturated fat must increase heart disease risk. If A equals B and B equals C, then A must equal C.

Well, no. With this extrapolation, scientists and policymakers made a grave miscalculation: They assumed that all LDL cholesterol is the same and that all of it is bad. A spate of recent research is now overturning this fallacy and raising major questions about the wisdom of avoiding fat, especially considering that the food Americans have been replacing fat with—processed carbohydrates—could be far worse for heart health.

via The misguided war on fat may be making us sicker. – By Melinda Wenner Moyer – Slate Magazine.

  1. It might not hurt to investigate the omega-6 problem. Excessive omega-6 intake can aggravate or cause all manner of chronic inflammatory conditions including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s.

    Despite my having studied nutritional issues and controversies for more than three decades I injured my health by consistently consuming too much peanut butter. Peanuts are rich in omega-6. Consequently, eating peanut butter sandwiches for lunch almost daily for many years gradually resulted in chronic leg pain and loss of mobility. Four months after eliminating that source of omega-6 from my food intake the pain is gone and I can run again. No doubt, it will take a decade or more to clear the omega-6 from my tissues and regain my health.

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