In Praise of Saturated Fats By Mrs Vera West
Here is a paper just published on saturated fats and cardio-vascular health, finding that reducing the intake of saturated fats, does not impact upon cardiovascular health:
“The recommendation to limit dietary saturated fatty acid (SFA) intake has persisted despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Most recent meta-analyses of randomized trials and observational studies found no beneficial effects of reducing SFA intake on cardiovascular disease (CVD) and total mortality, and instead found protective effects against stroke. Although SFAs increase low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol, in most individuals, this is not due to increasing levels of small, dense LDL particles, but rather larger LDL which are much less strongly related to CVD risk. It is also apparent that the health effects of foods cannot be predicted by their content in any nutrient group, without considering the overall macronutrient distribution. Whole-fat dairy, unprocessed meat, eggs and dark chocolate are SFA-rich foods with a complex matrix that are not associated with increased risk of CVD. The totality of available evidence does not support further limiting the intake of such foods.”
The body simply needs its supply of fats. What it does not need is refined carbohydrates, in the form of sugar and sweets, which is the real reason there is a diabetes and obesity crisis. People before World War II consumed fats like dairy, butter, milk and bacon, and were not dropping dead from heart disease and diabetes.
The Gary Taubes’ book has a sugar noose on the cover, which may trigger some delicate snowflakes, or is it “racist” to use sugar imagery now, sugar being white, usually?