The feds’ big fat lie that’s making us all sick
Our fear of fat has done a lot for us as a country.
And none of it’s good.
Most of that low-fat advice comes from the Big Kahuna of food information — those federal “Dietary Guidelines.”
Every 5 years, by law, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture, get its “expert” committee together and gives us a new version of the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”
Only it’s not really new at all. Because since 1980 it’s been saying basically the exact same thing: Fat is bad!
Now you would think after all these years someone, just someone, in that committee would stand up and say “Stop! That’s NOT what science is telling us!”
And now, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is gathering again for its big meeting tomorrow (no doubt around a table of no-fat foods and fake coffee creamers) to get the 2015 guidelines out.
But it’s highly unlikely that after 35 years of sending out bad information, this current pow-wow will set the record straight.
So when you hear the big news announcement about the spanking new guidelines of how we should eat, here’s the real story.
And it’s one you won’t be hearing on CNN.
Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Well, that’s exactly what’s going on with these dietary guidelines.
Every 5 years they say the same things about fat. How it’s not good for us, it promotes heart disease and gives us dangerously high cholesterol levels.
It’s bad enough that these guidelines brought scores of horrible “fat free” products to market. Things like foods that contain Olestra — the no-fat marvel that will have you dashing off to the bathroom and praying you get there in time.
And no matter how many studies show that this kind of diet is making us sick…and fat, this advice just never seems to change.
So here’s what real experts are telling us about fat (because you sure won’t be hearing it from that “expert” committee):
- A just-out study from Tulane University published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that cutting your carbs — NOT fat — will do more to help you lose weight and protect your heart than any tasteless, low-fat diet ever could.
- Not only did the people in this study lose weight eating eggs, butter and red meat, but they showed a healthy increase in HDL — the “good” kind of cholesterol.
- This spring, other research, also published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that a kind of dairy fat called margaric acid can “significantly reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.” And guess where you can find a great source of this margaric acid? In butter!
- A big study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine last year found that a Mediterranean-type diet — one high in olive oil and other good fats, like those found in nuts — will slash your diabetes risk by a whopping 40 percent. And, for people who already have diabetes, eating this way lowered their heart attack and stroke risk by 30 percent.
The first “guidelines” were issued back during the Carter administration. And trying to eat right has been going downhill from there.
“Cutting back on carbs, not fat, may lead to more weight loss” Allison Aubrey, September 1, 2014, the salt, npr.org