"We have known for decades that fatty foods are anything but good for you, but recent media reports glorifying saturated have caused confusion. Do not be fooled. There is nothing healthful about butter, bacon, cheese, or steak. Saturated fat poses numerous severe health risks of which everyone should be aware."
Fat Headlines: 10 Things the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines Really Say
"The average American diet barely has a pulse and is the source of rampant chronic diseases in youth and adults. Until higher amounts of fruits, vegetables and whole grains are the norm, along with lesser amounts of added sugars and saturated fat rich "mixed dishes," the health of the population will suffer."
Embracing Fat for a Healthy Heart Is a Notion Based on Flawed Science
"I have been asked by several people to comment on the recent study from Tulane that was featured prominently in the New York Times purporting to show that a low-carb diet was not only more effective at losing weight than a “low-fat” diet but also was better for your heart... It saddens me that these studies confuse people and may motivate many of them to start eating a diet high in red meat and “bad fats” that may be harmful to them." - Dean Ornish MD
The Saturated Fat Studies: Buttering Up the Public
Dairy industry campaign to “neutralize the negative image of milkfat among regulators and health professionals as related to heart disease” seeks to undermine latest guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
"How might Big Butter design a study (like the Siri-Tarino and Chowdhury meta-analyses) to undermine global consensus guidelines to reduce saturated fat intake?"
Cholesterol and Heart Disease
"Every day, nearly 2,600 Americans die of some type of cardiovascular disease, an average of one death every 34 seconds, and 7.1 million Americans have had a heart attack during their lifetimes. Those who survive often go on to have another heart attack later on. But this need not happen. Eating habits and other lifestyle factors play a large role in the risk of heart disease. Moreover, heart disease can usually be prevented and even reversed."
"Those who consume vegan diets have better cholesterol levels than people who eat meat, fish, dairy, and/or egg products, according to a study published this month in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition."
No One Eats a Cholesterol Sandwich—It’s Meat, Milk, and Eggs That Make Us Sick
"Indeed, focusing on foods as “cholesterol” or “protein” or “calcium” has led to a great deal of confusion about what constitutes healthy food. For instance do we avoid meat because it’s high in cholesterol, or eat it because it’s high in protein? The actual answer, by the way, is that we should avoid or minimize it, because as a food, in any significant amount, it’s harmful to human health.
The problem in changing the dietary cholesterol recommendation is that it suggests that foods that contain cholesterol—animal products such as meat, milk, and eggs—are healthy to consume. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Every day we are learning how these foods contribute to heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and increased cancer risk."
"Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital found that women who consumed the most "bad" fats in their study were also the ones who had the worse memory and brain functioning over the four-year study period, compared with women who consumed the fewest "bad" fats."
Actually, You DO Need To Worry About Cholesterol: A Cardiologist Explains
"A study published this week is bound to reverse the trend. The study, reporting on 38,153 patients with heart disease treated with statin cholesterol lowering medications, brings knew evidence to light showing that significantly lowering LDL-cholesterol has major benefits for cardiovascular patients"
Ronald M. Krauss, MD—The Doctor Who Made Lard-eating Fashionable
"Articles like these that offer "nuggets of proof" that saturated fat-laden foods can be eaten guiltlessly have created a feeding frenzy within the meat, dairy, and egg industries. As a direct result, hundreds of millions of people worldwide—especially those who are looking to "hear good news about their bad habits"—will die of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity, and if left unchallenged, resulting increases in livestock production will accelerate global warming even faster than the current rate."
"Dr. Krauss, however, has not always been in favor of eating animal flesh and fat. His research in 1986, before he started working for the beef and dairy industries, clearly explains that the high consumption of animal foods and low intake of plant foods promotes atherosclerosis (heart disease and strokes)."
"In 2010, Jeremiah Stamler published the editorial Diet-heart: a problematic revisit in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition addressing a number of very serious flaws in a meta-analysis paper supported by the National Dairy Council and authored by Siri-Tarino et al. that concluded that there was insufficient evidence from prospective cohort studies to suggest that the intake of saturated fat increases the risk of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease. A number of researchers including Stamler, who has played a prominent role in the diet-heart hypothesis for over 60 years found that a number of serious flaws in this meta-analysis would have likely biased the association between saturated fat and coronary heart disease towards null."
Dietary Fat and Heart Disease Study Is Seriously Misleading
"The journal Annals of Internal Medicine recently published a paper suggesting there is no evidence supporting the longstanding recommendation to limit saturated fat consumption. Media reporting on the paper included headlines such as “No link found between saturated fat and heart disease” and articles saying “Saturated fat shouldn’t be demonized” springing up on social media.
However, Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, warns that the conclusions are seriously misleading, as the analysis contains major errors and omissions."
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Grease Is Good? Not So Fast!
“On March 17, 2014, after decades of damning evidence that "bad" fat leads to heart disease, certain cancers, and other serious and even fatal health problems, headlines proclaimed the results of a new study, published in a prestigious journal, that seemed to say that "bad" fat wasn't so bad for your heart after all... But... It turned out that the study had some statistical quirks that made "bad" fat look safer than it really is... Other researchers immediately caught the flaws and called for a retraction. But that didn't stop the article from being widely quoted as showing that "bad" fat was "safe."”
"Dietary confusion just reached a whole new level. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has just announced it is backing off suggesting that traces of cholesterol in foods pose a health risk. The idea is that its effect on blood cholesterol is less dramatic, compared with saturated fat—so maybe an egg here or there is no worse than an occasional drag on a cigarette. Coupled with recent reports questioning how bad “bad fats” really are, many people are unsure what to believe.
Let’s clear up the confusion. Here are the facts, starting with cholesterol:"
"So-called organic meats are sold as a means for people to reduce their exposure to hormones and chemical toxins. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) states that animals raised on an organic operation must be fed organic feed and given access to the outdoors. They are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic crops are raised without using most conventional pesticides and using no petroleum-based or sewage-sludge-based fertilizers.
However, while concentrations of some contaminants may be decreased, switching to organic meat does nothing to decrease the risk for the diseases that remain the biggest killers of Americans. Cholesterol, fat (especially saturated fat), and animal protein are the major culprits in meat that are associated with higher risks of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. They are also associated with the development of the many risk factors that lead to these diseases, including obesity and hypertension.
Animal products, however they are produced, increase the risk of many diseases."
Fish - A Report by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
"Few food products are as controversial as fish. A leading source of heavy metals and other contaminants, fish is frequently the subject of government health-risk advisories. However, some people promote fish as a source of omega-3 fatty acids. Let’s look at the issues."
"Few foods have been at once as maligned and acclaimed as coconut oil. Because it’s the most concentrated source of saturated fat in the food supply—even higher than lard or butter—some view it as a notorious health villain. Not surprisingly, it rests atop the “avoid” column of mainstream healthy-heart-food lists.
Others view coconut oil as a fountain of youth and the greatest health discovery in decades. These advocates claim that coconut oil can provide therapeutic benefits for Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, cancer, diabetes, digestive disturbances, heart disease, high blood pressure, HIV, kidney disease, osteoporosis, overweight, Parkinson’s disease, and many other serious conditions. So what’s the truth?"
"Healthy fats are important for nervous system function, metabolism, digestion, heart health, and brain health. All of these reasons prove we needn’t fear fat, but we do need to know which sources are best. Plant-based sources of fats aren’t just a source of calories; they’re a raw source of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that do everything from protect your brain, to improve you thyroid, and as you’ll see, they prevent you from disease. Choosing whole food sources of fats can ensure that you’re choosing the right source of fats and avoiding the wrong ones."