A great article in one of England’s biggest papers:
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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:
- Annals of Internal Medicine: Association of Dietary, Circulating, and Supplement Fatty Acids With Coronary Risk: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
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.
When are older so-called experts going to give up their outdated and unscientific warnings about butter? It’s time to embrace science.
- The Telegraph: No link found between saturated fat and heart disease
- Mail ONLINE: Saturated fat ‘ISN’T bad for your heart’: Major study questions decades of dietary advice
- NPR: Don’t Fear The Fat: Experts Question Saturated Fat Guidelines
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?
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.
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:
More and more people (and doctors!) realize that the fear of fat was a mistake:
Isn’t it pretty, the cover of the latest issue of TIME?
The paradigm shift continues and the outdated fear of fat is on its way out faster and faster.
You’d wish that some old-school fat phobics subscribed to the magazine. Unfortunately, I think this is hoping for too much, so I just emailed the cover to some of them.
Some people will still spread low-fat margarine on their bread as long as they live, as an old habit. But most people will soon realize that not only does it taste bad, but it’s also completely unnecessary.
Consider passing this on to your friends! Continue Reading →
The silly old fear of fat is melting away faster and faster. Here’s yet another step in the paradigm shift. The world’s #1 business paper The Wall Street Journal publishes an article that dismisses the last decades of unnecessary warnings against butter. Or as they put it “The dubious science behind the anti-fat crusade”:
As if this weren’t enough, the article is the most-read article of all in the paper:
Time to sell the shares in margarine manufacturer Unilever?
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