Saturated Fat: NOT the Enemy
(Perth WA Australia)
Myth - Saturated Animal Fats Cause Heart Disease and Cancer.
This myth is so widespread and often repeated that it is believed by most people without question. However, a quick review of the health and diet of people in 1900 easily shows they ate a very high level of saturated fat from meat, butter, and lard but had virtually no heart disease or cancer.
Proponents will cite a study which shows an increase in saturated fat in the diet will raise the blood cholesterol level, a claimed precursor to heart disease. Other studies claim saturated fats increase the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women.
These studies always include a large portion of carbohydrates which are never blamed. They will cite studies which show some countries that eat a higher amount of saturated fat than another country and has a greater incidence of some form of cancer while ignoring a vast amount of other differences between the two countries.
These are big fat lies backed by slick schemes to distort the truth. They call a study the French paradox because the people of France ate a diet very high in saturated fat but had a heart disease rate only one third that of the United States.
The French people have a much lower intake of carbohydrates and a higher intake of saturated fats, which are the true reasons for their superior health.
The French are noted for the high amount of cheese in their diet. Cheese has no carbohydrates but is high in saturated fats. Cheese is a perfectly healthy food as the French have proven.
Myth - Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease.
This myth may never go away. The profit motive behind specialty foods, prescription cholesterol-lowering drugs, blood testing, and doctor visits results in billions of dollars of business each year. The amount of money spent to keep this myth going is astronomical.
The United States has spent hundreds of millions of dollars funding studies to support this myth only to fail in proving any connection between cholesterol and heart disease. Half of the people with heart disease have normal cholesterol levels.
The fact is that saturated fat is the body's preferred fuel source and it will readily convert adipose fat back and forth as energy demands require. Someone on a diet, regardless of the type, is in fact on a very high fat diet as they are burning off the body's saturated fat supplies.
The whole problem began when we stopped eating saturated fat, butter and the like and began eating processed rubbish and grains.
The professional dietary and medical advice given by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has been an utter failure. Neither the Food Guide Pyramid nor the RDA is based on scientific facts.
If you follow the Food Guide Pyramid as your daily nutritional guide, you will encounter many related degenerative diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, bowel disease, autoimmune diseases, and many more.
The USDA Food Guide Pyramid and FDA Recommended Daily Allowance are solely responsible for the current high incidence of adult onset Type II diabetes which has tripled in the last 30 years. A big rethink is needed before recommending any more lies to an already confused population.
I eat a very high fat diet (about 80% of calories) and my recent blood profile is better than perfect and improved on the one done two years ago. It is well known that high fat diets produce excellent lipid profiles and reduce heart disease.
Don't be afraid of saturated fat and animal products, they are good for you. Eat your butter, cream, eggs and leave that lovely strip of fat on that steak. Throw out those poisonous toxic grains, bread, pasta and processed frankenfoods and eat what your body was meant to eat, natural animal products and some green leafy vegetables.