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


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 A new re-analysis of unpublished findings from an older study finds no benefit of replacing butter with vegetable oils.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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New US Food Availability Data – Americans Follow the Guidelines & Get Obese


Americans have been following the Guidelines.

The government just published a new report on American food availability, 1970-2014. This is big news! The last such report was published nearly a decade ago.

This report confirms what the last one found: In nearly every way possible, Americans have followed official dietary advice during the last few decades. In the same time period we’ve had massive epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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The Problem With a Truly Low-Fat Breakfast

This tweet from Dr. David Ludwig sure did not make me very nostalgic about the breakfast choices in the 90’s, when the fat-phobic guidelines were at their peak, and the obesity epidemic really got going:


I think I’ll skip carb overdose, and just stick with some of the way lower-carb and tasty options below.

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The Four Characteristics of Big Soda (BS) Nutrition Propaganda


How do you know whether nutritional advice is the result of Big Soda propaganda? Here are the top four deceitful claims by the sugar-sweetened beverage industry:

  1. It’s all about calories (and it’s your fault you’re obese).
  2. You should focus on physical activity rather than fitness and weight loss.
  3. Obesity is the root of the problem – not the metabolic syndrome.
  4. Obesity and chronic disease are complicated, and won’t respond to a simple strategy like cutting out sugar.

Unfortunately, these statements are misleading and highly ineffective when it comes to treating obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The only ones who benefit from them are the profits of Big Soda.

Learn more in this great article:

The Russells: The Four Hallmarks of Big Soda (BS) Nutritional Propaganda

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Only 23% of Americans Think the High-Carb Dietary Guidelines Are Healthy


NOT so healthy

Only 23% of the American population think that the official high-carb dietary guidelines are healthy.

Those other 77% would be right, at least if they have lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity or type 2 diabetes.

Mintel: Resolution Refresh: Less Than Half of Americans Consider Their Diet to Be Healthy

Maybe the government should consider this to be a sign that it is high time to change the outdated advice?

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Challenging the Dogma

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Are there doctors out there who would prescribe an LCHF diet to treat their patients? Even if it goes straight against the old dietary dogma?

Meet Dr. Priyanka Wali, who is one of them. She tried a ketogenic diet on herself and saw some remarkable improvements. After reviewing the supporting science she then started recommending it to her patients.

But what’s it like to challenge the dogma as a young and female doctor?

In this interview Dr. Wali talks about her experiences. Watch a part above (transcript). The full 17-minute video is available (with captions and transcript) with a free trial or membership:

Challenging the Dogma – Dr. Priyanka Wali

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Nina Teicholz: The Deal on DASH

Typical DASH-diet foods: skim milk, grains and fruit

Typical DASH-diet foods: skim milk, grains and fruit

Recently, US News and World Report published its annual diet rankings, and as usual, DASH was at or near the top.

DASH is a diet that was designed to help reduce blood pressure for people with hypertension. It makes no sense to recommend this diet to a general population, for the main reason that DASH has pretty much only ever been tested on hypertensive ore pre-hypertensive subjects, who cannot be generalized to the population at large. Also, all trials have been short term, with outcomes indicating that DASH may actually cause heart disease–not prevent it.

Summarizing the trials

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Why Won’t We Tell Diabetics the Truth?


Current treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes is a complete disaster. Perhaps because it’s so influenced by financial interests and old dietary dogma.

Here’s a good article about just how badly we’re failing people with type 2 diabetes:

Robb Wolf: Why Won’t We Tell Diabetics the Truth?

Any successful treatment should include recommending real food without sugar and carbs to naturally lower blood sugar.

Putting sugar-rich desserts and cakes on the cover of “Diabetic Living” magazines (top image) is beyond bad, it should be as unthinkable as recommending smoking on the cover of a lung disease magazine.

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Life Expectancy Falls in the US for the First Time in Decades


According to a new report, life expectancy is falling in the US, for the first time in decades. The likely main reason is the obesity epidemic, which is behind the increase in heart disease, strokes, diabetes and arguably Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s time for the low-fat dietary advice to change, as it becomes clearer and clearer that it just isn’t working and might even promote disease.

At least for people with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance – a large part of the population – it could be a great idea to start recommending a real-food low-carb diet. This could have the potential to combat all these lifestyle-related diseases that lead to early death and massive human suffering.

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Hey Ireland! The 80’s Called, They Want Their Dietary Advice Back

You'd probably be better of turning this pyramid upside down

New and obsolete advice?

The Irish government just launched the new ‘Healthy Eating Guidelines’ in a campaign. You would think that it is a joke, or an invitation to some kind of 80’s masquerade party, but sadly it is not.

But hey Ireland, the 80’s called. They really want their failed fat-phobic, carb-heavy advice back.

Department of Health: Press Release: Minister Corcoran Kennedy Launches Healthy Food for Life – New Healthy Eating Guidelines and Food Pyramid

Fortunately some people are not impressed, here’s an article from Ireland’s biggest paper:

Irish Times: Beware of nutribabble in revised food pyramid

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