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Nutrition Myth #2: Low fat diets are healthy.

low fat pastaNutrition Myth #2: Low fat diets are healthy.  Politically correct nutrition is based on the assumption that we should reduce our intake of fats, particularly saturated fats from animal sources.  The small amount of fat intake should come from vegetable sources.  TRUTH: Low fat eating requires the consumption of excess carbohydrates to obtain your daily energy requirements.  This leads to high insulin production, which kick-starts the cycle that eventually leads to heart disease.

New proponents of low fat eating say that reducing fat intake reduces blood cholesterol levels.  But, a reason for this is the liver makes cholesterol, which is needed to produce bile salts that help digest fat.  Since a low fat diet requires less bile salt, the genes will signal the liver to down-regulate cholesterol production.

The most well known advocate of the low fat diet was Nathan Pritikin.  He recommended fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and a maximum of 10% fat from vegetable oils.  Those who stayed on the Pritikin diet for any length of time developed a variety of health problems including low energy, difficulty in concentration, depression, weight gain and mineral deficiencies.  Pritikin, himself, committed suicide when he found his low fat diet did not help him recover from leukemia.

Then there is the massive Framingham Heart Study, involving two groups at 5 year intervals-those consuming little cholesterol and saturated fat and those consuming large amounts.  After 40 years, those on the high fat and cholesterol diet were healthier.

Here’s an interesting fact: before 1920 coronary heart disease was rare in America.  Clogged arteries were a medical rarity, and doctors saw NO need for the newly developed machine called the “electrocardiograph” (ECG).  During the next 40 years, however, the incidence of heart disease rose dramatically, so that by the 1950s heart disease was the leading cause of death among Americans.  Things have continued to get worse.  Today heart disease causes at least 40% of all U.S. deaths while 1 out of 3 people will get cancer.  Yet: animal fat in the American diet has significantly dropped, butter consumption plummeted from 18 lbs./yr. per person to 4 lbs.  However, during the same period the percentage of dietary vegetable oils in the form of margarine, shortening (Crisco) and refined oils increased about 400 % while the consumption of sugar and processed foods increased about 60%.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize what’s wrong when the facts are HONESTLY presented.  It’s all about MONEY!  That’s right, Politically Correct Nutrition singles out foods grown by independent producers-eggs and beef-but spares the powerful and highly profitable grain cartels, vegetable oil producers and the food processing industry; it gives lip service to the overwhelming evidence implicating sugar as a major cause of degenerative disease but spares the soft drink industry.  So enjoy your free-range meat, eggs and dairy and “stay tuned” for more MYTH BUSTERS.

Want more support information regarding Nutrition Myth #2, check out this video: Why Low-Fat, Low Calorie Diets are Stupid!

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One Response to “Nutrition Myth #2: Low fat diets are healthy.”
  1. Kami says:

    What scares me to death is when I hear people talk about low-fat diets and children in the same sentence. Kids need saturated fats, especially when they are young and their brains are developing at warp speed! I get really anxious when I think about the potential long-term damage that is being done with kids that don’t eat saturated fat.

    My extended family has a love-hate relationship when come over to eat at my house. They know I sneak stuff in that I believe is to the good of everyone, but they don’t think so. My sister nearly died awhile back when I told her I had cooked the food we ate with lard (actual lard! oh my gosh!). They don’t stop coming over, though, because my food tastes too good! :D

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