Prime time Irish TV: don’t fear fat

Here’s a segment from Irish prime time TV recently. The truth is getting out there – no reason to fear fat. And replacing it with low-fat processed junk food full of sugar and carbs is a disaster.


  1. erdoke
    "Scientists" and medical doctors who only visit Mediterranean countries for holidays and never the Mediterranean countryside where many elements of the traditional diet can still be found, keep pushing on an artificial eating regimen – called the Mediterranean diet for whatever reason. Well, as a person who has been regularly traveling all over the Mediterranean including many rural areas, I must say that those folks eat a lot of saturated fat. Butter, cheese, yoghurt (Greek, Turkish, anybody?), etc. True that they use olive oil and lemon juice liberally as well as various types of herbs. On top of all this, there is no uniform Mediterranean diet listed anywhere else in the world. Variations are subtle from Portugal to Turkey and From Italy to Morocco. Another (sad) aspect is that some of these countries lead the obesity charts among young people, so junk food consumption is up and still growing. I'm afraid that soon the Mediterranean diet will only exist in American epidemiologists' textbooks...
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  3. Sammybearnac
    Italy has a festival celebrating lard, true story. They LOVE pork fat.
  4. Carlos
    Hello! First of all thanks for having such a great informative page Andreas!
    I am from the mediterranean side of south spain between Granada and Málaga. I have obiously visited numerous villages around this part of the world and I think our secret is, we have both sea and mountains ofering a lot of food options, coupled with a really good wheather. I think the root of our med eating lifestyle is 1st) Olive oil. We pour it abobe anything, tomatoes olive oil and salt, we fry everyting on it too. 2)nd Fresh fish, like the boquerón for example (an anchovy like oily fish) 3rd) Fresh vegetables readily and cheaply avalible and also some tropical fruis (wich I never eat too much) and avocados everywhere on my area. 4) We have the mountains of Sierra Nevada and its own villages with great tradition on jamon serrano (pig back leg curated on cold high mountain) and a lot of use of lamb, sheep, pig etc and it´s derivates in saturated fat. I just discovered that all this make sense on why we have very little heart desease around. Well, at least untill they tried to change our diet habits since 30 years ago trying to push us for cereal breakfasts and low fat. I believe old style is the way to go as the expert has taugh us on all your videos.
    Kind regards!
  5. Alex
    As the clip ground to it's inevitable end the pro-(saturated) fat and, to a lesser extent, anti-carb message was heavily back-peddled by all concerned and we were back to the usual "NO food is necessarily bad for you - moderation/balance is the key - eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, olive oil, SMALL amounts of LEAN meat and fish: a 'Mediterranean' diet - and, finally, don't use this latest 'revelation' as an excuse to gorge on saturated fats" message!

    The only thing they all seemed to be agreed upon was that we should NOT, ever, eat processed junk!

  6. dom
    weight on the scale does not seem to move, but my belt definitely fastens using the next hole. And measurement around chest for shirt, was one inch less, when mesauring one week then the next.

    I lost a stone it seemed quickly, at the start of the year when doing lchf 'properly' as i did things i did not realise were wrong. but i thought i stalled, perhaps weight wise yes, but still there is a fat loss?

    How possible is it bone or muscle growth, contribute to a weight gain that balances a loss of fat weight. I was two stone heavier at the start of the year for about 2 months before December, I walk daily carrying some weight, like postman. and on top of that the two stone gain, so i wonder if leg muscle would build, and bones would also build. if not, i really am not losing again, and it is sick.

    I have always been in ketosis, but past 'optimal', unless my strips are out of date, but why is less ketones optimal? if there is more, surely that means more fat burning.


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  7. bill
    This might help with an explanation:

  8. Murray
    Being in ketosis does not guarantee weight loss. I have been in ketosis for several years now and have remained at the same weight, after having lost about 25-30 pounds.

    Biology is all about rates. If you have an abundance of excess fat cells over-stuffed with fat, the rate of fat release for energy from those cells (once insulin is low in ketosis) will likely be faster than the rate of bile production to ingest fat from the intestine. So there can be weight loss even with a significant consumption of dietary fat. But after some initial weight loss, the rate of fat released from cells presumably slows and an increasing percentage of the energy may come from fat in the intestine. At that point the rate dynamics have to be rebalanced by eating less dietary fat, so that the body is forced to rely more on stored body fat. The point is that a high-fat strategy that worked at the beginning may no longer work later on, once the rate dynamics have shifted.

    I find that I can eat unlimited fat without gaining weight so long as I stay in ketosis. It seems the liver and gall bladder only produce enough bile to get the energy from the gut that the body needs. Think of the intestine as a transient storage buffer. But I do not lose weight doing this. To lose weight, I have to cut back on dietary fat. Otherwise when energy levels fall, the liver will signal bile production and the body will take from the gut and save its stored fat for later.

  9. François
    Well, not too bad as a video, yet... "there is no such thing as a bad food" (disagree). "Yes, you can use butter, but do it sparingly because it is loaded with saturated fat" (true it is, but so what? It is good for you!) "Eat real food (great advice) but eat lots of fruit, some veggies and legumes" (hello carbs).
    We obviously still have a long way to go. The first step would be to give a definition of "real food". "Real food" is anything you could eat without transforming it. Anything you could find and eat if you were naked with a stick in the forest. Could you eat legumes without soaking and cooking them? Not a great idea. Could you eat raw meat? Yep. Most people would think of this as a disgusting idea, but if you were really hungry, you could. And it would feed you. You could make it a bit more palatable by covering it in butter (OK. butter is somewhat transformed, but when you think of it, all you have to do is to churn whole fat milk and wait. No much of a transformation.
    I am not advocating to wlk around naked with a stick nor to eat raw meat: clothes and cooking are perfectly OK as long as people do not burn their food and understand the concept.

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