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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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The BMJ Criticism of the Dietary Guidelines Will NOT Be Retracted

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A year ago the British Medical Journal published an article by Nina Teicholz that was very critical to the official US dietary guidelines, and the weak science supporting them. Specifically the article and the BMJ editor in chief criticized the low-fat, high-carb advice that was said to be “driving rather than solving the current epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes”.

The article resulted in furious resistance from old-school scientists. Even more than other people, scientists who have been deeply involved in this for decades likely have a very hard time shifting their thinking. Not fewer than 180 (!) of them signed a letter demanding the BMJ retract the article:

After an investigation, The BMJ has just now decided not to retract the article. They stand by it, as they should:

Fortunately The BMJ and its leadership refuse to be intimidated by those who would prefer to stop inconvenient questions and censor scientific debate.

Current dietary advice has completely failed to stop the epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and may very well have made them worse. We can’t solve the problem by forbidding people to talk about it.

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The Hidden Truth Behind Ancel Keys’ Famous Fat Graph

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How was it possible for Big Sugar to make people believe for decades, that fat was dangerous and sugar was fine? By paying researchers to manipulate data, as revealed this week.

For a while, in the middle of the last century, there was a scientific struggle. Was fat or sugar to blame for cardiovascular disease? Ancel Keys was the champion of the first theory, Professor John Yudkin of the other. Keys won, not least by using cherry-picked statistics.

The left graph above was famously used sixty years ago by Keys, to support his idea that fat intake was responsible for heart disease. But as the right graph shows, the same data could just as easily have implicated sugar. Countries eating higher amounts of fat were simultaneously eating more sugar. It was just a question of what you were looking for.

Since that time, we’ve spent half a century mistakenly fearing natural fat, and instead eating more carbs – with a resulting epidemic of obesity and diabetes. Now it’s time to see the truth:

Sugar was the link. Yudkin was right.

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New Meta-Analysis: No Evidence Supporting Current Fat-Phobic Guidelines

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No evidence that butter would be bad for you

There’s no evidence supporting the current fat-phobic guidelines, according to a new meta-analysis by Dr. Zoe Harcombe, among others. Trying to get people to eat less fat or less saturated fat seems to have no positive effect:

Open Heart: Evidence From Randomised Controlled Trials Does Not Support Current Dietary Fat Guidelines

This should not be surprising, as the same thing has been shown in a number of recent reviews.

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Is Saturated Fat Bad?


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Low carb works great for weight loss and type 2 diabetes reversal. But won’t eating all that saturated fat clog your arteries and kill you? That’s what we used to be told – though lately even very conventional and mainstream experts have started to doubt it.

So what’s the real story? We asked six of the top low-carb doctors in the world to give their quick and spontaneous answers, and made the video above (transcript).

Here are the doctors in the video:

  0:15  Dr. Ted Naiman
  1:18  Dr. Peter Brukner
  2:00  Dr. Jason Fung
  4:21  Dr. Cate Shanahan
  5:42  Dr. Eric Westman
  6:39  Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

What did you think about it? Do you have any other question that you’d like answered in a similar video? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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Ghee Is Making a Huge Comeback in India

Another sign that fat is the new black: ghee (clarified butter used in traditional Indian cooking) is making a comeback as a superfood.

The Times of India: Ghee with Glee

Clarified butter remained India’s culinary star for centuries till it was sidelined in the 1980s by vegetable oils because of its high saturated fat.

Obviously, there is quite a lot of evidence nowadays showing that the campaign against saturated fat has been a mistake. The belief that vegetable oils, with a lot of polyunsaturated fat, are superior to saturated fat is simply outdated. It’s great that more and more people around the world are starting to recognize this.

Do you use ghee for weight loss / blood sugar / superfood reasons?

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Dr. Mosley About the Misguided War on Fat

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Listen to this great episode on BBC radio featuring Dr. Mosley. He excellently explains why the war on fat has been completely misguided, why sugar is dangerous and why we got it all wrong.

This link goes straight to the start of the interesting segment:

BBC Radio: The Danger of 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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Butter Is Back – and Here’s a Butter Boutique

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Is this the ultimate sign that butter is back? In Malton, England, Lucy and Stephen Briden-Kenny has opened the store Butterbees that only sells one product – yes you guessed it right, butter!

Gazette & Herald: Be Buttered Up by New Shop

Fresh and locally produced butter should be a staple in every low carber’s fridge. It’s healthy and keeps you satisfied for long periods of time. At Butterbees you can get delicious flavored butters like garlic and rosemary, and sweet honey for special occasions. Doesn’t it sound delicious?

Check out our best butter recipes below.


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Eat MORE Fat to Lose Weight and Be Happier

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Eat MORE fat while cutting carbs could make you lose weight and be happier. This according to the cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra. Here’s a new article by him:

Without sugar, you’ll see improvements in your skin, mood and concentration, a reduction in cravings and — finally — a proper sense of whether you are truly hungry, or whether it’s just sugar talking.

DailyMail: Eating MORE Fat While Cutting Carbs and Quitting Sugar Can Help You Lose Weight

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