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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Stop Worrying about Saturated Fat!

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The paradigm shift in nutrition is really happening and it’s moving ever faster. Even the industry-sponsored main association of American dietitians (AND) is now saying that saturated fat is probably nothing to worry about!

Instead they recommend eating less carbohydrates, especially less sugar. Pretty big news.

Here’s a nice summary by Dr. Sarah Hallberg (of recent TEDx fame): Earth Shattering, Pigs Flying, Hell Freezing Nutrition News

I’ve added Dr. Hallberg’s blog to our page with updates from great health blogs.

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A Higher-Fat Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk of Dementia

A higher fat diet seems to be good for preserving our brains and reducing the risk of dementia.

Today there’s a new publication from the PREDIMED study. It has previously shown that a higher-fat Mediterranean diet with extra olive oil or nuts is good for preventing heart disease and improving diabetes. Now it turns out it preserves cognitive function as well: Video report / Study

People in the study who were told to instead eat a low-fat diet did worse on everything. They got more heart disease, more diabetes and more cognitive decline. Don’t eat a low-fat diet.

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Let’s Stop Lying About Physical Activity and Obesity

There were many impressive people at the recent Cape Town conference, but to me two people stood out the most. One of them is the British cardiologist Aseem Malhotra. A man who is not the least bit afraid to eloquently tell the truth that most people keep silent about.

Not long ago he wrote in the impactful British Medical Journal that it’s time to bust the myth that saturated fat has anything to do with heart disease. This placed him on the front pages of papers all over the world, but now a lot of people realize that he was right.

Malhotra has not slowed down after this. He is often on TV, expecially in his home country of England and it’s not hard to understand why when you meet him.

The Interview

I managed to get an interview with Dr. Malhotra in South Africa and above you can see a short section. He explains that the common idea about physical activitity as a cure for obesity is something we need to forget – because it’s not true.

In the full 22 minute interview ha talks more about what we should focus on instead of calories, what food can lower risk of heart disease more than statin drugs… and how he lost weight eating 1,000 calories extra of a certain kind of food.

The full interview can be seen on the membership pages (free one month trial):

How to Make Your Food a Powerful Medicine, Not a Slow Poison – Interview with Dr. Malhotra

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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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The Fear of Fat Goes Into Free Fall

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The food revolution continues and the credibility of the old theory that butter is harmful is in free fall. Here’s a real slaughter of the fear of fat in one of the leading scientific medical journals, The British Medical Journal. It’s written by an expert on evidence-based medicine, one of the leaders of the Cochrane Collaboration.

The conclusion? The advice to eat less fat was a gigantic mistake from the beginning, new science show that it isn’t beneficial. Instead it may have led to an increased intake of bad carbohydrates, which is likely fueling today’s epidemics of obesity and diabetes.

The BMJ: Are some diets ”mass murder”?

It’s time for all authorities still recommending low-fat replacement products to wake up.

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“Butter Better than Vegetable Oils”

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Norway’s biggest newspaper writes that the new Nordic Nutrition Recommendations (NNR) are incorrect about fats. A new review of all studies on the subject shows that butter is most likely better for the heart than the Omega-6-rich vegetable oils that are recommended:

VG: Danish researchers: – Butter is not more harmful than vegetable oils (Google translated from Norwegian)

The most interesting part of the article is the comment from the Head of the Division of Nutrition of the Danish National Food Institute, Gitte Gross, who’s been involved in coming up with the fat-phobic Nordic nutritional recommendations: Continue Reading →

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Insane Fat-Fighting Strategy in the UK

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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.

SKYNEWS: Fat-Fighting Strategy To Slim Down Nation

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:

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.

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The Real Cause of Heart Disease

What is the cause of heart disease? For the past decades the dogma has been that saturated fat and cholesterol are the culprits. But a growing number realize that this outdated idea has been a mistake.

Yesterday Australia’s foremost science television show, Catalyst, broadcasted an episode on the subject (video clip above). There are many physicians and experts interviewed in the show, and the majority believes that the over-simplified cholesterol theory is simply wrong.

The real cause of heart disease? Inflammation in the artery walls. This may have many causes, but the amount of saturated fat you consume is not one of them. Here are some more probable contributing factors:

  • stress on the artery wall due to high blood pressure
  • high blood sugar levels that damage the cells inside the artery
  • small, dense, oxidized LDL particles that may irritate the artery wall and/or get in between the cells in the wall
  • smoking, which introduces substances to the blood that irritates the arteries

The three first factors are exacerbated by too much sugar and starch in the diet.

In addition to the above: stress. Stress exacerbates all the problems mentioned above – it raises blood pressure, increases blood sugar, worsens blood lipid profile and increases the tendency to adopt bad habits, such as smoking.

Not on the list: butter. Switching to polyunsaturated omega-6-fats won’t be protective either – according to new findings this may even be harmful!

It’s time for more brave experts to stand up and say “I was wrong, you were right”.

So how do you really prevent heart disease? Here’s my best advice: Continue Reading →

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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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Could that Low-Fat Diet Make You Even Fatter?

Could that low-fat diet make you EVEN FATTER, asks Mail Online. Sure it could:

Read the article for some references to recent Food Revolution events in Sweden, the grand experiment of Sam Feltham and some comments by an enlightened cardiologist and a less updated (sadly) dietitian.

Earlier about failed low-fat diets

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