Saturated Fat Gets Vindicated by Mainstream Media on Stunning Time Cover

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For decades we’ve been told that saturated fat is bad for you, that it causes heart attacks/disease and that it makes you fat, but the latest research is proving this wrong.

I ran across a 2014 article from Time Magazine regarding saturated fat. You can read the entire article by clicking on the link at the bottom of this blog. I’m sharing quotes from and excerpts of it here.

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In a provocative cover story, Time said the 40-year demonization of saturated fat as the cause of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease was based on flawed data, citing a March 2014 Cambridge University study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

“It’s not saturated fat we should worry about,” said cardiologist Dr. Rajiv Chowdhury, lead author of the study. “It’s the high-carb or sugary diet that should be the focus of dietary guidelines.”

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An international research collaboration led by the University of Cambridge analysed existing cohort studies and randomised trials on coronary risk and fatty acid intake. They showed that current evidence does not support guidelines which restrict the consumption of saturated fats in order to prevent heart disease.

For the meta-analysis, the researchers analysed data from 72 unique studies with over 600,000 participants from 18 nations. The investigators found that total saturated fatty acid, whether measured in the diet or in the bloodstream as a biomarker, was not associated with coronary disease risk in the observational studies.

within saturated fatty acid, the researchers found weak positive associations between circulating palmitic and stearic acids (found largely in palm oil and animal fats, respectively) and cardiovascular disease, whereas circulating margaric acid (a dairy fat) significantly reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Dr. Ravi Chowdhurty is the lead author of the study, and he states, “It’s not saturated fat we should worry about, it’s the high-carb or sugary diet that should be the focus of dietary guidelines.”

He along with a growing list of medical experts are “working to dispel the myth that saturated fat is the cause of obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease. A high-carb diet — particularly one high in sugar and refined carbs — is to blame for these illnesses.”

These conclusions were drawn after data from 72 published studies of more than 600,000 people from 18 countries was reviewed.

Cardiologist Aseem Malhotra has also stated that saturated fat is good for you. Dr. Malhotra states that “there’s no evidence that unprocessed saturated fat causes heart attacks, obesity or diabetes. If anything, he said consuming healthy fats (like those found in grass-fed meat, nuts, coconut oil, butter, olive oil, salmon and avocados) protect against these diseases.”

Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz, author of “The Big Fat Surprise” shares this view. She says “The true cause of heart disease and weight gain is a high-carb, sugar-rich diet. Eating too much refined carbs and not enough unprocessed fat is what has led to the tsunami of overweight, diabetic, sick Americans.

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According to obesity experts, a high-carb diet promotes disease and weight gain by causing pro-inflammatory spikes in blood glucose and blood insulin. By limiting those surges in blood sugar, we dramatically reduce inflammation, which is what fuels disease, they say.

Obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman said low-carb, high-fat eating plans like the ketogenic and Atkins diets not only spur rapid weight loss, but combat epilepsy, type 2 diabetes, and heart diseases.

Dr. Jeff Volek, author of The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living, told me the ketogenic diet can also improve mood and reduce inflammation. Volek said the LCHF ketogenic diet is beneficial both for elite endurance athletes and the average sedentary individual.

“There are very few people that a ketogenic diet could not help,” said Dr. Volek, who has followed the ketogenic diet for the past 20 years.

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As Dr. Westman says, “I tell my patients not to fear the fat, eat lots of fat. Fat makes you feel full. There’s no problem with fat. In fact, saturated fat — the fat that we’ve been taught not to eat — raises your good cholesterol best of all the foods you can eat.”

The more I’ve been reading and researching the LCHF/ketogenic way of eating, the more I’m realizing that what we’ve been told for the last 40-50 years is wrong, is not based on good science and is actually making us fatter and sicker and killing us.

I know I might sound like a fringe lunatic to some, but I urge you to also research the information that’s out there and find out for yourself.

Start with the people mentioned here and see where it takes you 🙂

Now I’m going back to my buttered hamburger topped with some cheese, sour cream and half an avocado on top of a bed of red and green spinach! Yum!

source;sparkpeople.com

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