The advice from the 1980’s about avoiding butter lacked evidence. The entire Western world received dietary guidelines that had never been shown to do any good.
This may be old news for the regular reader here, but now the knowledge is spreading faster and faster around the world.
A new scientific review shows that the advice completely lacked evidence of any benefit when it was first introduced. This hit the big headlines around the world yesterday:
- The Telegraph: Guidelines to avoid fat should never have been introduced
- TIME: Where Dietary-Fat Guidelines Went Wrong
- Times LIVE: ‘We’ve been sold a big fat lie’
- Reuters: The fat fight: Study fuels row over UK, U.S. diet guidelines
- The Verge: Low-fat diet advice was based on undercooked science
- Daily Record: Butter isn’t bad for you after all: Scots researchers claim advice on fatty foods was flawed
- Mashable: Butter and cheese may not be so bad for you after all, study says
- Mail Online: What irony. By scaring us off butter they’ve made us fatter – and more unhealthy writes JOHN NAISH
- The Herald: It’s official (38 years on): links between saturated fat and health have no scientific basis, say Scots researchers
- Tech Times: Forget Low Fat: Butter, Other Fatty Food Not Bad For You, Says New Study
- NHS: 1980s fat guidelines ‘lacked evidence,’ study argues
The old fear of fat is dying out. Those who are still afraid of natural fat today haven’t yet managed to update their knowledge. Unfortunately, this includes quite a few older experts who govern our official dietary guidelines.
Getting over the fear of fat is absolutely necessary to return to honest, real food, which is needed to get away from calorie obsession and starvation dieting. It’s necessary to turn round the epidemics of obesity and diabetes and other related disorders. It is necessary and it can’t wait.
Fortunately, repeated headlines like these show that the Food Revolution continues, all around the world.