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Margarine Sales Keep Plummeting

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Margarine sales keep plummeting, leaving investors highly confused while giant producers try to sell off their units making the vegetable-based spreads:

The Economist: Margarine Sales: Investors Can’t Believe They’re Not Better

This could not be more clearly illustrated than in the graph above, where the popularity of margarine is decreasing while butter is winning ground again.

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New Study: Cooking with Butter May Be Healthier Than Cooking with Vegetable Oil

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Here’s yet another reason not to fear natural saturated fats, like butter. A new re-analysis of unpublished findings from an older study finds no benefit of replacing butter with vegetable oils.

If anything, there’s some evidence that cooking with corn oil instead of butter may actually be worse for heart health!

What’s more, when the researchers look at all available studies replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated omega-6 fats, they find zero overall benefit for heart health.

Butter seems to be just as good for your heart as other fats. On top of that, your taste buds are almost guaranteed to be better off!

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“Don’t Scapegoat Big Sugar. Lots of Food Producers Profited from the Demonization of Fat”

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Recently, there were big media headlines about the revelation that the sugar industry paid Harvard researchers in the 1960s to shift blame from sugar to fat.

There has been a lot of bad science in the field of nutrition — and many “Big Tobaccos.”
– Nina Teicholz
But according to a new op-ed by Nina Teicholz, it is naive to believe that only Big Sugar played a role in this shift, since other food industries (such as corn syrup, wheat and vegetable oil producers) also capitalized tremendously on it:

LA Times: Don’t Scapegoat Big Sugar. Lots of Food Producers Profited from the Demonization of Fat

Producers from these industries also paid scientists, and the American consumption of these foods has increased even more than the sugar consumption.

The bad (and bought) nutrition science is not just about sugar.

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A Guide to Dietary Fat

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Which fats are better for you, and which ones should you avoid? What’s the best cooking oil? And what’s the difference between saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats?

If you want a great answer to all those things, then check out this comprehensive guide:

Nutrition Advance: Dietary Fats: an A-Z Guide to Saturated, Unsaturated and Trans Fats

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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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Is the Mediterranean Diet Healthy or Just Hyped?


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Best-selling author Nina Teicholz has spent a lot of time researching the subject, and last year I sat down to talk to her. This interview has only been available on our member site but now everyone can watch it above.

Table of contents

   0:15  How was the Mediterranean diet defined?
  2:53  The Mediterranean diet and the olive oil industry
  5:30  Food is part of our cultural heritage
  7:24  Olive oil has never been shown to be heart protective

Some people don’t want Teicholz to be heard – she just got disinvited from a nutrition panel. Probably because the other participants did not want to debate what we actually know about nutrition and what is just dogma. Another reason to listen to Teicholz.

We need new ideas, because after 30 years of the obesity and diabetes epidemics getting worse every year one thing is absolutely clear: what we’re doing is not working.

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The Myth of Vegetable Oils


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Why do we think that vegetable oils are good for us? Do we take a risk by having it as such a massive part of most processed foods? Could it be an experiment gone terribly wrong?

Best-selling author Nina Teicholz has spent a lot of time researching the subject, and last year I sat down to talk to her. This interview has only been available on our member site but now everyone can watch it above.

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Why Vegetable Oils May Cause Obesity

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Here’s an interesting and complicated new post from Dr. Michael Eades. He argues that – apart from bad carbs – one of the main drivers of the obesity epidemic may be vegetable oils:

Dr. Eades: Will the new Dietary Guidelines make us even fatter?

I’m not sure what to make of this complex idea. If vegetable oils reduce insulin resistance, via the “FADH2 to NADH ratio”, why would that necessarily increase obesity? Couldn’t it just as well have the opposite effect?

However, vegetable oil consumption has risen to unprecedented – and evolutionarily abnormal – levels, coinciding with the obesity epidemic. There are certainly plenty of reasons to treat them with caution. And don’t heat them.

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