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Sunday 27 April 2014

Saturated Fat Does Not Cause Heart Disease: High-Carb Diet Does !

Saturated Fat Does Not Cause Heart Disease: High-Carb Diet Does
Professor Schofield joins a growing list of health experts to debunk the myth that saturated fat is to blame for obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. A high-carb diet (particularly one high in sugar and refined carbs) is to blame for these illnesses, say these experts.
Schofield is aware that his position is seen as extreme by some people, who have been told for the past 40 years that saturated fat clogs our arteries and makes us fat and sick. "This approach is regarded as lunatic fringe," said Schofield. "Some people think I'm crazy.
"But in nutrition science, as in all other science, we must be prepared to change our mind on the basis of evidence. If we had it right already, then we wouldn't have problems like obesity and diabetes."
In March 2014, Cambridge University scientist Dr. Rajiv Chowdhury and his colleagues concluded that unprocessed saturated fat is healthy after reviewing data from 72 published studies of more than 600,000 people from 18 countries.
“It’s not saturated fat that we should worry about," Dr. Chowdhury wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine. "It’s the high-carbohydrate or sugary diet that should be the focus of dietary guidelines. If anything is driving your low-density lipoproteins in a more adverse way, it’s carbohydrates.”
Chowdhury is not the only heart doctor who holds this opinion. Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, said a low-carb, high-fat, wheat-free diet reverses diabetes and prevents heart disease.
And neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain, said the LCHF ketogenic diet prevents — and even reverses — Alzheimer's disease and ADHD. "Carbs are devastating for the brain," said Perlmutter. "Even slight elevations in blood sugar have been shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s."
War Against Fat Was Fueled By Corporate Greed
In October 2013, cardiologist Aseem Malhotra rocked the nutrition world with his declaration that unprocessed saturated fat is good for you.
In his research, Malhotra found no evidence that a high-fat diet causes heart attacks, obesity or diabetes. If anything, he said consuming healthy fats (like those found in grass-fed meat, coconut oil, butter, olive oil, salmon and avocados) protect against these diseases.
The food industry has profited from the low-fat mantra for decades because foods that are marketed as low-fat are often loaded with sugar. We are now learning that added sugar in food is driving the obesity epidemic and the rise in diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”
Similarly, obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman underscored that a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet not only produces rapid weight loss, but also combats epilepsy and reverses type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Westman, director of the Duke University Obesity Clinic, is pleased that mainstream media is finally debunking the myth that eating fat makes you fat and sick. To the contrary, he said: Eating fat makes you skinny and healthy.
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Jane said...

Why don't these experts mention micronutrients? There is an enormous literature on the role of copper deficiency in heart disease, including experiments showing that a high fat diet causing heart disease in mice does not do so if they are given extra copper.

Of course fat is OK, it's full of fat-soluble vitamins. It's only a problem if its effects on mineral absorption are not taken into account. A diet high in both meat and dairy products can be problematic, because the saturated fat increases iron absorption. Diabetics need to think about iron overload.

Galina L. said...

Inertia is a fact of life, it is difficult to expect everything will be turned 180 degrees momentarily. Also, a modern way to eat is a serious part of a modern economy and a life-style.