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Summary:

  • Studies repeatedly show that dietary fat doesn’t cause heart disease.
  • European countries that eat more fat have lower occurrence of heart disease.
  • Low-carb diets cause way more weight loss than low-fat diets.

 

Recent studies showed that the “crusade” on saturated fat was a huge failure. Even as we reduced intake of animal fats and cholesterol, cases of serious diseases have increased.

In fact, we are now living in the world of pandemic obesity, metabolic syndromes and type II diabetes. The problem wasn’t fat, and experts say our crusade on fat was one of the biggest nutritional mistakes in America.

 

European Countries That Eat More Fat Have Lower Frequency of Heart Disease

Europeans that ate more fat showed less frequency of heart disease. Source: British Journal of Nutrition
Europeans that ate more fat showed less frequency of heart disease. Source: British Journal of Nutrition

In Europe, countries that eat more saturated fat have low risk of having heart diseases. The French enjoy low risk of heart disease yet eat tons of foods that are high in saturated fat. The truth is, saturated fat has nothing to do with heart diseases.

Dietian Robert Hoenselaar published a chart (see above) in the British Journal of Nutrition showing an astonishing negative correlation between eating fat and heart disease.

 

There Is No Evidence That Saturated Fat Causes Heart Disease

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Grilled Pineapple Burger, Kua ‘Aina Sandwich Shop, Ward Center, Honolulu. Source: Flickr

Studies done in the past few decades showed that neither saturated fat or dietary cholesterol are harmful to humans.

Scientists are now realizing that the low-fat dogma was based on the flawed studies that since have been debunked thoroughly.

A huge meta-study conducted by Oakland Research Institute and Harvard School of Public Health analyzed 21 studies and over 347,747 cardiovascular disease study participants. This is what they concluded:

“A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD* or CVD*”

* Coronary Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Disease

 

Obesity Started Rising In America At Around The Same Time Low-Fat Diets Were Introduced

Obesity rose at around the same time the USDA introduced the low-fat guideline.
Obesity rose at around the same time the USDA introduced the low-fat guideline. Source: National Center for Health Statistics

The low-fat diets fad started in American around 1977, and at almost the same time, the epidemic in obesity started. Here are the two damning recommendations made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in their guideline:

  • Increase carbohydrate intake to 55 to 60 percent of calories
  • Decrease dietary fat intake to no more than 30 percent of calories, with a reduction in intake of saturated fat, and recommended approximately equivalent

Since then, many studies and research have been conducted on low-fat diets. And all of them clearly showed that low-fat diets don’t really cause weight-loss and have no effect on heart diseases in the long term. However, despite the studies’ results, low-fat diet is still recommended by many nutritionists around the world.

 

People On Low-Carb Diets Lost Way More Weight Than Those On Low-Fat Diets

Mean body weight of women randomized to very low carbohydrate and low fat diets over the course of the 6-month trial.  Source: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
Mean body weight of women randomized to very low carbohydrate and low fat diets over the course of the 6-month trial. Source: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

 

In the study published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, women eating low-carb, high-fat diet, lost more than twice the weight loss of the women who consumed a calorie-restricted low-fat diet.

The fact is, high fat diet always lead to eating better than high-carbohydrate diet.

Not only did the high fat diet cause more weight loss, but they also lead to major improvements in almost all of the major risk factors such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The next time you pick up a fat, juicy burger from your local deli, let your teeth sink in without a worry. Because fat isn’t bad for you.