The science program Catalyst about the real cause of heart disease (no, it’s not butter) was the most watched non-news program of the day in Australia. Almost one million people watched it. Pretty good.
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More and more people are questioning the silly old-fashioned fear of butter. A heart doctor writes in the latest issue of the respected British Medical Journal that it’s time to bust the myth that saturated fat has anything to do with heart disease.
A number of papers report on this and the heart doctor was on British morning TV today (watch).
Wow. This is mindblowing.
Have you heard about the French Paradox? French people traditionally eat a lot of saturated fat, like butter – yet they generally have less heart disease than other populations. A lot of brainpower has been wasted to explain this – do perhaps the red wine protect them?
It’s not a paradox. Continue Reading →
Is the advice to eat less saturated fat based on any good science? Well, not necessarily according to this fantastic new review:
The article analyzes the references for three sources of dietary guidelines: USDA, IOM and EFSA. They all recommend avoiding saturated fat. But they need all their imagination to find the science to back it up: Continue Reading →
Here is another review-article concluding that we do not need to be afraid of saturated fat (such as butter) anymore. The fear of fat has simply been a mistake. Instead we should take care not to eat to much high glycemic index carbs:
The paradigm shift continues. More and more experts stop being unnecessarily afraid of fat. More and more people blame the obesity epidemic on junk food, with added sugar and other refined carbohydrates as culprit number one.
Now there are also new rules proposed for nutrition labels in the US. They’ll make it easier to watch out for added sugar:
Some people take a detour and blame the obesity epidemic on the fuzzy concept of calories. They are right in theory, but wrong in practice. The quality of the calories determines how many calories one wants to eat.
In the past, before the obesity epidemic, nobody knew what a calorie was. They still kept their weight. Requiring calorie counting to maintain weight falls on its own absurdity. It’s as silly as demanding that you count your breaths.
Apart from the thought-provoking quote in the picture, Einstein also famously said this:
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Both quotes fit perfectly to the new UK strategy to reduce obesity: Cut down on saturated fat in sugar-stuffed candy and junk food.
The problem? This is exactly what people have been trying to do for 30 years, while obesity rates have skyrocketed! So why will the exact same strategy suddenly have the opposite effect?
Here’s why the old fat-phobic advice is bad for your health:
- Saturated fat has little or nothing to do with heart health
- Reducing fat means you’ll likely increase carbohydrates (or stay hungry). Junk carbs – like sugar – in processed foods is the most fattening thing you can eat. It makes you hungrier and makes you want to eat too much.
England is already the most obese nation in Europe. Expecting that this 80′s style fat-phobic campaign will have a different result is simply insane.
The frequent reader here has no doubt heard Tommy Runesson’s impressive story before. But now it’s also in the Swedish newspaper Corren and we get to admire some new pictures of Tommy. Like the one above – it’s probably time for a new pair of pants.
Here’s the full article, translated into English.
The Food Revolution in full swing:
Below is an excellent article from local Swedish paper Corren about this week’s SBU report showing that low-carb diets are superior for weight loss. It’s particularly pleasing to see so many wise comments from Professor Fredrik Nyström, who was a member of the expert group of the SBU.
For Fredrik Nyström the report represents a victory.
- Absolutely. I’ve been working with this for so long. It feels great to have this scientific report, and that the skepticism towards low-carb diets among my colleagues has disappeared during the course of the work. When all recent scientific studies are lined up the result is indisputable: our deep-seated fear of fat is completely unfounded. You don’t get fat from fatty foods, just as you don’t get atherosclerosis from calcium or turn green from green vegetables.
The time has come for the health care system to learn how to advise patients on a low-carbohydrate diet.
Here’s the full article, translated into English: Continue Reading →
A newly published Swedish study has examined what Swedes eat and what happens to their weight. In the 90′s a few thousand middle aged men in rural Sweden participated in a baseline survey on their eating habits, and were followed up 12 years later in a study on how their weight had changed.
The results? People with a fear of fat (avoiding butter and drinking low-fat milk etc.) had a clearly increased risk of being obese twelve years later.
On the other hand, those who consumed a lot of saturated dairy fat (butter, whole milk and heavy whipping cream) were significantly more likely to remain thin twelve years later.
As always, correlation does not prove causation, so this study should be taken with a grain of salt. However, Swedes following the failed low-fat guidelines, consuming low-fat products like low-fat milk and low-fat margarine, were more likely to become overweight. Possibly because they were left hungrier and ate more of other, worse things.
Is anyone surprised?
The result of this study is of course predicted by Eenfeldt’s law.
Holmberg S, et al. High dairy fat intake related to less central obesity: A male cohort study with 12 year’s follow-up. Scand J Prim Health Care. 2013 Jan 15. [Epub ahead of print]
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