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Ancel Keys and Why We Fear Fat


4.7 out of 5 stars5 star86%4 star2%3 star4%2 star4%1 star2%46 ratings1,818 viewsEverybody in the low-carb world has probably heard about Ancel Keys. He’s the man that contributed more than anyone to the fear of natural fat that is still (sort of) alive today. But who was he really?

Here’s a segment from Dr. Cate Shanahan’s recent presentation at Low Carb Vail.

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Practical Lipid Management för LCHF Patients – Full presentation

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Dr. Michael Mosley: ‘I’m Proof Low-Fat Diets Don’t Work’

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Eat more fat, said a UK health charity earlier this week. This got them huge headlines and attacks from conventional experts clinging to old ideas.

But they get strong support from Dr. Michael Mosley. He says he’s proof that low-fat diets don’t work.

The Telegraph: 5:2 Author Michael Mosley: ‘I’m Proof Low-Fat Diets Don’t Work’

Dr. Mosley recommends a lower-carb, higher-fat diet as well as intermittent fasting. Two good ideas for sure.

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Public Health England: Advice to Eat More Fat ‘Irresponsible’

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We must urgently change the message to the public to reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes. Eat fat to get slim, don’t fear fat, fat is your friend.

– Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Not everyone agrees with yesterday’s truth-telling from Dr. Malhotra and the Public Health Collaboration. Some people got very upset:

BBC: Public Health England: Advice to eat more fat ‘irresponsible’

The Guardian: The fats and the furious

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Massive Headlines in the UK: Eat More Fat

Most of what we’ve been told about healthy eating is wrong – and we should be eating more fat. This according to a new report from a UK health charity. Clearly they are right.

The report resulted in lots of massive headlines in the UK today:

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Learn more about the Public Health Collaboration and their report here:

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PHC UK: Eat Fat, Cut The Carbs and Avoid Snacking To Reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

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“Saturated Fats Not So Bad After All”

The obsolete fear of fat is taking forever to disappear. But at least change is happening, even if it’s happening slowly.

AFN: Saturated fats not so bad after all, say leading Australian scientists

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“Pass the Butter: The Experts Were All Wrong”

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Pass the butter: The experts were all wrong. Here’s yet another great article on why the fear of natural fat has been a sad mistake. This one is from Canada:

The Globe and Mail: Pass the Butter: The Experts Were All Wrong

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Professor Robert Lustig and Dr. Peter Attia Discuss Sugar, Obesity and Longevity

Here’s a new discussion panel with two of my absolute favorite nutrition experts in the world: Professor Robert Lustig and Dr. Peter Attia.

They talk about sugar, obesity and metabolic syndrome (Lustig) and how to live longer (Attia) among other things. Worth watching if you’re interested in these topics.

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The Case for Nutritional Ketosis

Are you interested in ketosis, the result of a strict low-carb diet? Do you wonder how best to use it to lose weight, reverse type 2 diabetes or potentially improve physical endurance?

Here’s a great presentation on this by Professor Stephen Phinney, from the recent Low-Carb Vail conference.

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More Vegetable Oils and Lower Cholesterol = More Death

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Check out this graph. It’s the risk of dying on a low-fat diet filled with vegetable oils (blue line) compared to a regular diet. That’s right – it looks like more people die. Actually the more people lowered their cholesterol in the study, eating vegetable oils, the higher their risk of premature death!

Unfortunately the full study was never published 40 years ago – likely because the result did not match what the investigators expected. If the results had been published instead of hidden away perhaps it would have changed nutrition history. Perhaps we’d all have kept happily eating butter.

The Washington Post: This Study 40 Years Ago Could Have Reshaped the American Diet. But It Was Never Fully Published.

TIME: When Vegetable Oil Isn’t as Healthy as You Think

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The Secret Diet of the Fittest Senior Citizen on the Planet

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Charles Eugster holds world records at a number of sprint distances… and he’s 96 years old! He may be the “fittest senior citizen on the planet”.

When he’s not sprinting he’s also a “body-builder, a public speaker, a writer, a rower, a wakeboarder, an entrepreneur, and a budding fashion designer, planning his own line in elderly couture.”

Pretty incredible! So what does he eat to stay in shape?

I avoid sugar and eat lots of meat, especially fat. I’ve been on a fat trip lately. Fat! Piles of fat. Yet, I was in a supermarket the other day and was perplexed to find yogurt with zero fat. What on earth is that? The idea of the nutrition pyramid where, at the top, is a little fat and meat, and at the bottom a lot of carbohydrates, is, excuse me, bullshit. Humans are so unbelievably stupid that we have begun to tinker with food. Our theories of nutrition have resulted in a pandemic of obesity. Can you imagine a hunter-gatherer enjoying a low-fat yogurt? Let me tell you this, too: I read a report recently which said that a fatty diet also increases your libido.

He’s clearly not just in good shape, he’s smart too. The whole article about him is an amazing read:

Vice: The Healthiest Old Person on the Planet Explains How to Stay in Shape

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