AHA reissues discredited -- and dangerous – dietary advice

How is it that bad advice never, ever seems to go away? It simply lurks in the shadows, waiting to reappear at just the right moment.

Well, that moment is now, and the advice is about dietary fat — coming from the good old American Heart Association.

What the AHA is telling us is little more than a rehash of decades-old nonsense about what we should and shouldn’t eat if we want to avoid heart disease.

And it came to its conclusions by ignoring practically every shred of scientific evidence that says otherwise.

The real skinny on fats

The AHA has just issued its “Presidential Advisory” to “set the record straight” on fat.

No, it’s not for the president. It’s a nod to the president of the AHA, who appears to think this fat situation needs lots of media attention right away. People are going hog wild using coconut oil and butter, and the AHA must step in and save the day!

The organization searched its archives for some of the most outdated research it could find, dusted it off, reformatted it, and sent it out for all to see. The lead author of this drivel, Dr. Frank Sacks, said that the AHA wanted a document for both laymen and professionals that wasn’t full of “jargon and scientific language.”

And they certainly hit that mark…and beyond. Because this “document” is missing any actual science.

The “message,” according to Dr. Sacks, is that the best fats to include in your diet are the polyunsaturated ones found in soy, peanut, and corn oils. Monounsaturated fats found in sunflower and olive oils, nuts, and avocados are “not as healthy,” but they’re still okay.

Coconut oil and butter, on the other hand, are downright deadly, according to the AHA.

But if you follow this advice, you’ll be partaking in some of the most heavily processed foods out there — ones that are also extensively sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. And in the case of corn and soy, 99.9 percent come from those genetically modified Frankencrops that are doused in Roundup.

On top of that, corn and soy oil can oxidize inside your body, becoming a literal recipe for heart disease (something that can be the case even if your LDL, or so-called “bad” cholesterol numbers are said to be just fine).

All peanut products, even the oil, are prone to a dangerous kind of cancer-causing fungus called aflatoxin. And a warning, on WebMD no less, says that animal studies have found peanut oil can clog arteries!

What you’ll be missing by eliminating those “terrible” fats such as coconut oil and butter, not to mention avocados, nuts and olive oil, are a virtual cornucopia of amazingly healthy foods that have been found to help fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease and even dementia.

Avocados, as we’ve told you, are practically a Swiss Army knife of health benefits, and they can even slash major heart disease risk factors. Nuts such as cashews, almonds, and walnuts have been found in study after study to provide big benefits in fighting cancer. Coconut oil is about as healthy a fat as you can find, as it’s linked to brain health and immune system support.

Then there’s butter, which contains a fat called margaric acid that’s been found to “significantly” reduce the risk of heart disease.

And olive oil! This amazing fat is the main player in the Mediterranean Diet — need I say more?

I could go on and on, but as we’ve told you over the years, these forbidden fats hold the key to a healthy diet.

Of course, it’s probably more important to the AHA to keep its Big Food friends happy. Not only does it receive millions of dollars from food manufacturer donors, but the AHA “heart-check mark” is available for purchase to place on products with “specific nutrition requirements.”

But, as you would expect, many of these items are low-salt, low-fat, highly processed soups, meats, and even fake egg products.

In other words, all so-called foods you should have ditched years ago!

“AHA issues ‘presidential advisory’ on harms of saturated fat” Sue Hughes, June 15, 2017, Medscape, medscape.com