Could it be that we’ve been being misled all these years?
Spend just 15 minutes on the story of how one man (Ancel Keys) gave us the obesity epidemic, increased rates of cardiovascular disease, made billions for the pharmaceutical and industrialized food industry, and programmed us to be afraid of fat and cholesterol.
Keys got his [still unproven] hypothesis accepted by the USDA, the American Medical Association, the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association, and off we went. . . .
“Dietary fat is not the determinant of either high cholesterol or coronary heart disease” […] ”the diet heart hypothesis is the greatest scam ever perpetrated on the American public.“
– Dr. George Mann (one of the researchers on the Framingham study)
An excerpt from a NYT piece on this: “In the late 1960s, biochemists created a simple technique for measuring, more specifically, the cholesterol inside the different kinds of lipoproteins — high-density, low-density and very low-density. The National Institutes of Health financed a handful of studies to determine whether these “cholesterol fractions” could predict the risk of cardiovascular disease. In 1977, the researchers reported their results: total cholesterol turned out to be surprisingly useless as a predictor. Researchers involved with the Framingham Heart Study found that in men and women 50 and older, “total cholesterol per se is not a risk factor for coronary heart disease at all.” […]
The truth is, we’ve always had reason to question the idea that cholesterol is an agent of disease. Indeed, what the Framingham researchers meant in 1977 when they described LDL cholesterol as a “marginal risk factor” is that a large proportion of people who suffer heart attacks have relatively low LDL cholesterol.
So how did we come to believe strongly that LDL cholesterol is so bad for us? It was partly due to the observation that eating saturated fat raises LDL cholesterol, and we’ve assumed that saturated fat is bad for us. This logic is circular, though: saturated fat is bad because it raises LDL cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol is bad because it is the thing that saturated fat raises. In clinical trials, researchers have been unable to generate compelling evidence that saturated fat in the diet causes heart disease.” – http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/opinion/27taubes.html
Additionally, and potentially more importantly, are these key points to consider concerning viable dietary approaches to your sustained health and wellness:
And what if we’re wrong about diabetes?
Sugars & Alcohol (same): The Biochemistry of the sugar you will find in about 75% of the food available at your local grocery store (video added 8/24/2017 1:00 PM):
The video above is excerpted from Sugar: The Bitter Truth, which I highly recommend.