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Bring Back The Fat to Australia

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Do you live in Australia? Dr. Aseem Malhotra will be joining Damon Gameau (of “That Sugar Film” fame), nutritionist Christine Cronau and the investigative TV reporter Dr. Maryanne Demasi this year, doing a tour in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

They’ll be talking about bringing the fat back. Should be worth getting a ticket right away.

Book tickets

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BBC: Is Butter Good or Bad for You?

Is butter good or bad for you? Here’s a short segment from BBC Radio 4 earlier this week. It’s all good, but advance 1 minute 49 seconds for truly great statements from Dr. Aseem Malhotra.

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Study Shows That Low-Fat Products Contain More Sugar Than Regular

The usual low-fat hoax

The usual low-fat hoax

It’s official. A systematic comparison shows that low-fat products contain more sugar than regular products. When manufacturers take away the fat the flavor disappears too, so they use more sugar to make it taste ok.

Bottom line? Don’t buy low-fat products. Eat real food.

Nutrition & Diabetes: A systematic comparison of sugar content in low-fat vs regular versions of food

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“The Great Butter Revival Is Killing Margarine”

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Butter is considered healthy again. And that is bad news for fake butter, i.e. margarine. Sales are plummeting.

There are apparently rumors that the world’s foremost producer of margarine, Unilever, may get out of the business of producing margarine altogether. And they have already tried something slightly desperate in an attempt to court health-concious shoppers: adding butter to their margarine.

Quite a turnaround.

Daily Mail UK: How the Great Butter Revival Is Killing Margarine: A Turnaround in Expert Health Advice Means the Once-Popular Spread Could Soon Be Toast

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New Study: People Eating MORE Saturated Fat Get LESS Heart Disease

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This is fantastic. A new Dutch study followed 36,000 people and tried to find a connection between the amount of saturated fat they ate and the risk of heart disease.

This time there actually was a connection. People eating more saturated fat (like butter) got way less heart disease!

The Study in AJCN

This should be impossible

Obviously this is only a statistical trial so it does not prove cause and effect. It doesn’t prove that butter protects against heart disease. But it’s still another big nail in the coffin for the failed low-fat diet. Because it’s almost impossible to get a result like this if saturated fat was really dangerous.

Imagine doing a study and finding that smokers get way less lung cancer, and the more they smoke the less lung cancer they get. That would be weird. It would also never happen. Because unlike natural saturated fat, smoking is actually bad for you.

Here’s another fantastically awkward thing that would not happen if saturated fat were as bad as some people still think: Stunning: Saturated Fat and the European Paradox

And here’s yet another: The Real Association Between Butter and Heart Disease in Sweden

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The Fat Summit Starts Today

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Today Dr. Mark Hyman’s Fat Summit starts, with quite an impressive lineup of speakers. It promises to…

[separate] FAT from FICTION to help you lose weight, feel great and reverse chronic disease.

The main message? Natural fat is good for you. You can sign up and watch the interviews for free if you like:

The Fat Summit

Kudos to Dr. Hyman for getting all these guests to commit!

Personally I’ve still chosen not to do summits like this, as I don’t feel the setting (usually Skype) delivers the quality we wish for here at Diet Doctor. Below are a few of our videos with some of the Summit speakers, on similar topics. Continue Reading →

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Higher Fat Variation of DASH Diet Lowers Blood Pressure, Triglycerides, Study Shows

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The DASH diet – Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension – is often promoted as healthy. But it’s mostly a very conventional low-fat diet, including lots of fruit and vegetables and low-fat (yuk) dairy.

Interestingly a new study tested a higher fat version of the DASH diet – including full fat dairy. More total fat and less carbohydrates. And what happened? It turned out to be an improvement, resulting in better health markers in participants. Surprise, surprise, to all who still fear fat.

Science Daily: Higher Fat Variation of DASH Diet Lowers Blood Pressure, Triglycerides, Study Shows

AJCN: Comparison of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet and a Higher-Fat Dash Diet on Blood Pressure and Lipids and Lipoproteins

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“Why Mainstream Researchers Think the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Lack Scientific Rigor”

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Are the US dietary guidelines – like the advice to avoid saturated fat – based on solid evidence? No, not at all, according to a new review in Circulation by Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, the dean of the nutrition school at Tufts University. It was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

This can be seen as vindication for the author Nina Teicholz, who recently suffered a storm of criticism from no less than 180 dinosaurs. All for standing up and saying essentially the same thing in The British Medical Journal: The Emperor is naked. The advice to avoid saturated fat is outdated and lacks scientific support.

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Congress Demands Review of Dietary Guidelines for Americans!

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Big news: Congress has just mandated a review of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This is the first time ever, in the 35-year-old history of the guidelines:

This is important because it’s the first time Congress has noted there is a problem with the Dietary Guidelines process,” said David McCarron, research associate at the Department of Nutrition at the University of California-Davis…. “There’s a lot of stuff in the guidelines that was right forty years ago but that science has disproved. Unfortunately, sometimes, the scientific community doesn’t like to backtrack.”

Washington Post: Congress: We need to review the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

There have been a lot of questions about how the guidelines can still recommend avoiding saturated fat, for example.

Probably the people responsible are just stuck in a way of thinking that made sense back in the 1980s. Unfortunately that’s when the obesity epidemic got started, and we can’t solve it with the same flawed thinking that got us into this mess.

Thankfully the problem with the mistaken low-fat advice can’t be hidden forever. Nothing like a big spotlight and open discussion to weed out old thinking and old mistakes.

Update

The demand for a review was apparently the work of The Nutrition Coalition.

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Cooking with Vegetable Oils Releases Toxic Cancer-Causing Chemicals

NOT a good idea

NOT a good idea

Are you cooking with vegetable oils? According to lead scientists, this can be really unhealthy. When heated, these oils release toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases. So do not use corn oil or sunflower oil for cooking.

The Telegraph: Cooking with vegetable oils releases toxic cancer-causing chemicals, say experts

oilsOlive oil (containing mainly monounsaturated fat) is a better option for cooking, but not great.

The best option for cooking is saturated fats, like coconut oil, butter or lard. These fats can stand a lot of heat without transforming into poison.

More on the dangers of heated vegetables

Note that these oils are another example of vegetables/plants turning into cancer-causing substances when overheated. The most cancer-causing substance on earth is also a plant:

Vegetables Proven to Cause Cancer

This is not an attack on vegetables, or a way of saying that meat is better. It’s just a fact that both processed meat (like bacon) and processed plants (like oils, or tobacco leaves) contain cancer-causing substances when they have been overheated.

Don’t use excessive heat when cooking. Make sure the food you cook can handle the heat.

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