Hello my nutrition information lovers!
Drew here, again. Today, I am writing about FAT. This will be the first post in a series all about the only thing that my taste buds like more than salt, FAT.
There is so much inaccurate information about fat in the media and health class textbooks, that I am doing this series to benefit the young and old alike.
As many of you know, I enjoy reading. After reading dozens of books, countless articles, and numerous university studies on the subject of fat, I have found where most people have gotten the wrong idea about fat. It is called the Lipid Hypothesis. This theory stats that there is a direct relationship between the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet and the incidence of coronary heart disease. It was proposed by a researcher named Ancel Keys in the late 1950’s. Numerous studies since then have dis-proved the Lipid Hypothesis. Nevertheless, Keys’ articles received far more publicity and have remained more commonly known, even though they are NOT accurate.
Most people are quite surprised to learn that there is very little evidence to support the idea that a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol actually reduces the likelihood of heart disease. People look at me like I’m an alien when I tell them there is even less research proving that a reduction in saturated fat and cholesterol intake can healthfully extend a person’s life span. Let me say that another way:
Before 1920, coronary heart disease was rare in America. It was so rare that when a young internist named Paul Dudley White introduced the German electrocardiograph to his colleagues at Harvard University, they advised him to concentrate on a more profitable branch of medicine. The machine revealed the presence arterial blockages, allowing for an early diagnosis of coronary heart disease. But in those days clogged arteries were a medical rarity. Please keep in mind that the majority of fats eaten during this time were saturated, as commercially available fats made of vegetables, like margarine and canola oil, were not yet available.
There is much more to discuss on this topic! Thank you for reading this and you can look forward to more information coming your way about fats.
Have a day filled with wellness,