Will the “experts” ever get their act together when it comes to giving us good advice about dietary fats?
The latest example is a new study led by Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a dean at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University.
Dr. Mozaffarian says that he and his team discovered that the fat found in fish, nuts and seeds can help those with type 2 diabetes — maybe even prevent it in the first place.
So far so good.
But then he goes off the rails, blasting all saturated fats, saying we should use oils such as corn, canola and soy — even vegetable oil “spreads.”
It’s a variation on the misleading fat theme we’ve been fed for decades — only now it’s even more treacherous.
Dr. Mozaffarian is a big name in the field of nutrition. And he’s said some pretty radical things in the past about dietary fat.
For example, last year he co-authored an article for the Journal of the American Medical Association saying it’s high time the government admitted they’ve been misleading us about fat.
And just last month he had the fat-haters all abuzz when he came out on the side of butter, even telling Time Magazine that foods like corn flakes and even “low-fat turkey” are worse for your health than butter is.
But that was then. Now, he’s promoting corn, canola and soy oil, even pushing something that sounds an awful lot like margarine!
It’s a boatload of confusing advice that’s taking us back to the awful nutritional guidance we got in the ’70s and ’80s. Only now there are three big reasons why it’s more dangerous than ever before:
Danger #1: Practically all the corn, canola and soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. Along with the risk of eating GMO foods, it also means they can be sprayed from start to finish with Monsanto’s Roundup (glyphosate). The pesticide is called a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization and is a known hormone disruptor. It’s also been found to cause dangerous and irreversible changes in the livers and kidneys of laboratory animals at miniscule amounts.
Danger #2: With the new version of the Dark Act just an Obama signature away from going into effect, the chances are slim to none that we’ll have any meaningful federal or state GMO labeling take effect. So all those GMO vegetable oil spreads Dr. Mozaffarian is recommending we use will be flying under the radar.
Danger #3: Believe it or not, the FDA has only recently announced its plans to start testing for residues of glyphosate in our food supply! That finally came about after the agency was practically shamed into it by researchers, consumer groups and even the U.S. Government Accounting Office. And private testing has found the chemical in scores of different foods.
But why would Dr. Mozaffarian suddenly be knocking butter and other healthy fats and promoting these Franken-oils?
Well, there may be a very good reason for that.
It seems that the doctor’s many benefactors include Unilever, the mega-giant conglomerate that sells such brands as Country Crock, I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter (which bizarrely makes a special point of telling us it will now contain GMO soy!) and the Big Kahuna of corn oil itself — Mazola.
Unilever brands, in fact, are about the most corn and soy oil-laden products you can find in the supermarket.
Mozaffarian’s said of his latest study that he was bringing a “positive message” to the public — “don’t fear healthy fats.”
The trouble is, the fats he’s talking about aren’t among them.
“Healthy fats can help prevent type 2 diabetes” Mary Elizabeth Dallas, July 19, 2016, WebMD, webmd.com