One of our favourite Furlong conversation topics is food. Especially how daft Public Health is about it. And how drastically old fashioned they are. We are given dietary advice that comes directly from the 1970’s! We are exhorted to avoid fat at all costs. Everyone has become totally brainwashed by other brainwashed people called “experts” promoting myths and legends, when they should actually know what they are talking about.
If we ate fat the way we used to pre 1970’s, many of our “health woes” would right themselves, all by themselves – no magic about it.
Here is the story of how the big fat scam happened.
“Saturated fat does not cause heart disease”—or so concluded a big study published in March in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. How could this be? The very cornerstone of dietary advice for generations has been that the saturated fats in butter, cheese and red meat should be avoided because they clog our arteries. For many diet-conscious Americans, it is simply second nature to opt for chicken over sirloin, canola oil over butter.
The new study’s conclusion shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with modern nutritional science, however. The fact is, there has never been solid evidence for the idea that these fats cause disease. We only believe this to be the case because nutrition policy has been derailed over the past half-century by a mixture of personal ambition, bad science, politics and bias.
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Our half-century effort to cut back on the consumption of meat, eggs and whole-fat dairy has a tragic quality. More than a billion dollars have been spent trying to prove Ancel Keys’s hypothesis, but evidence of its benefits has never been produced. It is time to put the saturated-fat hypothesis to bed and to move on to test other possible culprits for our nation’s health woes.