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Saturated Fat and Butter: From Enemy to Friend

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Science is in full swing changing views on saturated fat. More and more people realize that the fear of real butter has been a mistake.

One of the most well-known nutritional Scandinavian scientists, Danish professor Arne Astrup, has completely changed his view on the issue. Now he’s written a new opinion piece in the latest issue of one of the world’s leading scientific journals on the subject, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He writes that dairy products and saturated fat are beginning to be viewed as good and healthful foods.

His article concludes (my boldface type):

The totality of evidence does not support that dairy SFAs increase the risk of coronary artery disease or stroke or CVD mortality…

There is no evidence left to support the existing public health advice to limit consumption of dairy to prevent CVD and type 2 diabetes. Cheese and other dairy products are, in fact, nutrientdense foods that give many people pleasure in their daily meals.

AJCN: A changing view on SFAs and dairy: from enemy to friend

Arne Astrup – as well as many leading nutritional scientists – has gained support from the food industry. Including several dairy-product manufacturers. Unfortunately, this and his focusing mostly on dairy products makes the article seem to lose a bit of credibility.

However, it’s a sign of the times when a well-established scientist like Astrup has the guts to (and is allowed to) totally dismiss fat-phobia in one of the leading scientific journals of nutrition.

The old fear of fat is melting away, along with yesterday’s low-fat craze. Welcome back, butter. Continue Reading →

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Saturated Fat Completely Safe According to New Big Review of All Science!

Good fat, good fat, good fat.

Good fat, good fat, good fat.

Are butter, and other saturated fats, bad for us? No.

Yet another new major review of all good science shows that saturated fat is as harmless as other natural fats, whether unsaturated or polyunsaturated.

This review goes through all observational studies and randomized intervention studies of high quality that have been done. Which means all the best science available on the subject:

The result? People who eat a lot of butter or other saturated fats don’t get sicker. And people who reduce their butter intake don’t get any better. There simply is no connection between butter and heart disease.

The same result – that butter is completely harmless – has recently been shown in major reviews of all science time after time, again and again and again and again.

When are older so-called experts going to give up their outdated and unscientific warnings about butter? It’s time to embrace science.

Today, fear of butter lacks scientific support. It’s based on old preconceptions and on an inability to update knowledge.

If you want to be taken seriously as a “nutrition expert” you’d better keep updated. It’s not good enough to continue spreading ideas from the 80’s about fat, ideas that have long since been refuted.

There has to be a limit to how long you can bury your head in the sand. Or what do you think?

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Heart Doctor: Time to Bust the Myth About Saturated Fat and Heart Disease

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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).

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Saturated Fat: the Advice and the Science

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Is the advice to eat less saturated fat based on any good science? Well, not necessarily according to this fantastic new review:

Nutrition: Saturated fat and cardiovascular disease: The discrepancy between the scientific literature and dietary advice

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 →

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Headlines All Over the World: The Fear of Fat Was a Mistake from the Beginning

Butter, healthy again

Butter, healthy again

The advice from the 1980’s about avoiding butter lacked evidence. The entire Western world received dietary guidelines that had never been shown to do any good.

This may be old news for the regular reader here, but now the knowledge is spreading faster and faster around the world.

A new scientific review shows that the advice completely lacked evidence of any benefit when it was first introduced. This hit the big headlines around the world yesterday:

The old fear of fat is dying out. Those who are still afraid of natural fat today haven’t yet managed to update their knowledge. Unfortunately, this includes quite a few older experts who govern our official dietary guidelines.

Getting over the fear of fat is absolutely necessary to return to honest, real food, which is needed to get away from calorie obsession and starvation dieting. It’s necessary to turn round the epidemics of obesity and diabetes and other related disorders. It is necessary and it can’t wait.

Fortunately, repeated headlines like these show that the Food Revolution continues, all around the world. Continue Reading →

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The Beginning and End of the Fear of Fat

 
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This is the book that contributes to finally dismissing the old fear of fat. When the book The Big Fat Surprise came out in June last year, major American newspapers praised it. It has become a New York Times  best seller and The Wall Street Journal appointed it one of the best books of the year.

This book redefines food for many influential people and the fear of fat is losing its grip on the world.

Finally, I too have read the book. It’s a big book that initially is very similar to the fantastic Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007). But once you’ve read the first chapters you realize that this book is so much more. It’s an updated version with a somewhat different focus – and for most readers probably far more entertaining, clarifying and upsetting.

This is the definitive story on how fear of fat was based on how ambitious researchers and well-meaning politicians took short cuts and ignored the lack of real evidence. And as gigantic economic interests entered the picture things went very wrong.

The Problem with Fear of Fat

We know the result: instead of harmless fat – that we’ve been unnecessarily afraid of – people began to eat more sugar, wheat flour and other refined carbohydrates, which increase the fat-storing hormone insulin. Voilá: an epidemic of obesity and diabetes.

The book also goes in detail through the tragicomic and terrifying hunt for a replacement for natural saturated fat. Continue Reading →

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