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Old Wed, Apr-26-17, 04:41
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Default Saturated Fat Does Not Clog your Arteries

New study in the BJSM by Dr Aseem Molhotra picked up by many news outlets around the world. Links to articles here:

Experts: Popular Belief That Saturated Fats Clog Up Arteries “Plain Wrong”

The poplar belief that saturated fats clog up arteries is just plain wrong.

That’s the message from three cardiologists in a just published editorial, summarizing the fairly convincing evidence:

BJSM: Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions

Instead of worrying about saturated fats or cholesterol, the cardiologists advise people to eat “real food” (like a higher-fat Mediterranean diet), stop smoking and consider stress reduction and regular physical activity. See the image above.

Here’s the main message in the editorial by Dr. Aseem Malhotra and colleagues: It is time to shift the public health message in the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease away from measuring serum lipids and reducing dietary saturated fat. Coronary artery disease is a chronic inflammatory disease and it can be reduced effectively by walking 22 minutes a day and eating real food. The media is all over the message this morning. It gets criticism from some experts, and support from many others:
CNN: Does saturated fats clog your arteries? Controversial paper says ‘no’
SBS: ‘Saturated fat not cause of heart disease’
The Telegraph: Specialists under fire for dismissing saturated fat link to heart disease
The Sun: Medics embroiled in health row after blasting ‘plainly wrong’ NHS claims that butter, cheese and red meat clog arteries
The Guardian: Q&A: saturated fat, your health and what the experts say
Yahoo News: Pass the butter: Cutting saturated fat does not reduce heart disease risk, cardiologists say
CBC: Pass the butter: Cutting saturated fat does not reduce heart disease risk, cardiologists say

If you ask me the experts are likely to be right. It’s certainly time to stop obsessing about saturated fats and LDL cholesterol, as the link to heart disease in likely to be nonexistent and weak, respectively. If eating low-fat foods make you hungry and cause you to increase intake of sugar and refined carbs (as often happens) it may even be harmful. Many experts are still stuck in an old failed paradigm, still fearing natural fats.

It’s time to let it go. Fat is your friend.

Also, Dr Aseem on SKY news:

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Old Wed, Apr-26-17, 06:04
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Ugh at "Mediterranean diet," though. How many will go home and order feta cheese and eggplant on their pizza? I'm sure there are therapeutic versions of Mediterranean diet, just as there are healthful versions of Paleo. So many are claiming the label as to make it almost meaningless. Pretty much everybody but the zero-fat McDougall types.
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Should a Flip Flop on Saturated Fat Freak you Out?

People's Pharmacy and their readers weigh in
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Advice to my colleges at work...

Perhaps some curried camel will do (inspired by Uberfat - there's a lot of fat there!)

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One painful thing about these articles is statements like this:
Butter, cheese and ice cream are supposed to be the enemies of a heart-healthy diet.
Those of us who have been LC forever know that these three items are not nutritionally equivalent. The difference, of course: sugar. It's the association of fat, saturated or otherwise, with sugar in all its forms that can be hazardous to health through the insulin process.

NONE of these critiques seems to cover that huge distinction.

No wonder people are confused.

One could see the same confusion about fruit vs. fruit juice. Whole green vegetables vs. vegetables consumed in a beverage with all the fiber pressed out. Fats-that-accompany-whole-foods vs. hypercaloric "fat bombs."

Dietdoctor has done a good job of cutting to the chase in one place. I appreciate and support that site, as I do this one, for people who are seeking a reliable guide.

In a nutshell (nuts are okay!):


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