Butter, red meat not so bad for you after all?

Based on dietary recommendations that were introduced in the US (1977) and in the UK (1983) to (1) reduce overall fat consumption to 30% of total energy intake and (2) reduce saturated fat consumption to 10% of total energy intake, we all jumped on the bandwagon and nixed butter, meat, dairy and cheese, replacing them in our diet with an overabundance of carbohydrates, a practice Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise, says contributed to our current problems with obesity and related health problems.

To support this view, a new report published in the online journal BMJ Open Heart calls that long-standing advice into question. Researchers reviewed and analyzed the clinical trials that were originally used back in the 1970s and 80s as the basis for warnings about dietary fat, and they found that the evidence just didn’t add up.

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The Diet-Heart Myth: Cholesterol and Saturated Fat Are Not the Enemy

Four part article by Chris Kresser (Let’s Take Back Your Health) examining the truths and lies about cholesterol, saturated fat and cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the most misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions in medicine. We’ve learned a tremendous amount about what causes heart disease over the past decade, but the medical establishment is still operating on outdated science from 40-50 years ago.

In this 4-part series, I’m going to debunk 3 common myths about heart disease:

  1. Eating cholesterol and saturated fat raises cholesterol levels in the blood.
  2. High cholesterol in the blood is the cause of heart disease.
  3. Statins save lives in healthy people without heart disease.

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Why fat can make you skinny

The Big Fat Surprise Book Cover

Another must-read for your healthy living library:

Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fats is wrong in her book The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

“For decades, we have been told that the best possible diet involves cutting back on fat, especially saturated fat, and that if we are not getting healthier or thinner it must be because we are not trying hard enough. But what if the low-fat diet is itself the problem? What if those exact foods we’ve been denying ourselves — the creamy cheeses, the sizzling steaks — are themselves the key to reversing the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease?”

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