This theory of saturated fats to heart disease has lasted for over a half-century. Its effect is beginning to slowly wane as scientists, free-thinking cardiologists, and other health practitioners disprove this theory that had become heavily ensconced into public and medical consciousness since the 1960s.
That’s when Ancel Keys, a University of Minnesota physiologist created his Seven Nation Study. He and his study made the cover of Time Magazine in 1961, the year when he managed to persuade the American Heart Association (AHA) to issue dietary guidelines that excluded saturated fats.
In their place, refined carbohydrates and processed vegetable oils became the dietary rage for better health. Big mistake.
By the 1970s, Keys’ influence spread to Washington with the Congressional McGovern Report. That report’s conclusions became part of the official USDA’s official dogma decrying all type of fat and encouraged processed foods with refined carbohydrates and processed trans-fat oils.
It turned out to be an official guide to poor health.
This Guide was Bought by the Media, the Masses, and Doctors
The processed food business has had a 50 plus year field day, creating low or no fat products that were even more harmful than what was falsely claimed about saturated and other fats. The result has been a rise in obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Items like margarine became more popular and profitable. You may know that those now correctly tabooed trans-fatty acids, which actually do harm on a cellular level and invite obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and open the door to cancer, are the essence of hydrogenated fats.
Margarine is a fake saturated fat manufactured by hydrogenation, a process of heating up a vegetable oil, pressurizing it, then inserting hydrogen with a catalyst, usually nickel. It’s a molecular mess.
And those cheap cooking or salad oils are usually partially hydrogenated in order to retain their liquidity, are also molecular trans-fatty messes.
All sorts of inexpensive synthetic remedies for replacing or limiting real fat in processed foods and oils to extend shelf life were part of many consumers’ diets for quite some time. Chemical compounds added to create texture were brought into the marketplace.
All of these fake food recipes turned out to be more unhealthy than real fat was ever imagined to be.
Sugar became more involved with low or no fat foods. Guess what is really behind obesity, diabetes 2, and cardiac issues?
It’s inflammation caused by added sugars, including HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), and synthetic hydrogenated fatty acids that are ubiquitous on food shelves, as well as a host of other chemicals used by processed food manufacturers attempting to appeal to jaded junk food tastes.
Return to Real Fat in Our Diets
Ironically, a 2104 issue of Time had this text in large letters with a photo of a slice of butter on its cover:
“Eat Butter – Scientists labeled fat the enemy. Why they were wrong.”
A rare mainstream admission, especially after touting Ancel Keys’ nonsense 53 years prior to this issue. Still, most MDs and even some natural health practitioners, still adhere to the hoax of saturated fats causing heart disease and obesity.
A major part of this return to fat as a major part of our everyday diets is coconut oil. Saturated fats are solid fats. Coconut oil is solid with ambient temperatures at or below 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Above that, it becomes a liquid.
For some time before Ansel gained an unholy notoriety with his questionable scientific discoveries since proven as junk science, coconut oil was used for popping popcorn in movie theaters.
It provides a great high heat healthy cooking oil. Using coconut oil for popping popcorn was discontinued after Ansel’s inaccurate hypothesis based on a faulty epidemiological survey had become institutionalized dogma.
Unlike most other long-chain triglycerides (LCT), coconut oil is made up of medium chain triglycerides (MCT). This type of fat is rapidly and easily metabolized into energy providing ketones by the liver.
Ketones help overcome insulin resistance (diabetes 2) by providing energy that doesn’t require the insulin that’s needed to metabolize glucose.
Another feature of ketones is that it enables brain cells to metabolize energy when brain power is waning from dementia, even Alzheimer’s. Some progressive medical professionals consider dementia diabetes 3, as it exhibits similar properties in the brain as diabetes 2 does throughout the body, insulin resistance.
Other fats from animal and fish meats contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are vitally nourishing on a cellular level. Omega-3 is vital for brain health also.
Most of our brain cells and the central nervous system’s myelin sheath, a fatty protective substance that also helps promote rapid neuron responses throughout the central nervous system, rely on fats to maintain their structure and strength.
Other fats that should return to our diets are butter, cheese, milk, especially raw milk, and eggs. All animal fat sources should be from free range grass fed animals not injected with hormones or antibiotics.
Seafoods should be from wild unpolluted waters, which are getting smaller by the year. Fish and shrimp farms should be avoided unless you know the source and are assured of its purity.
Of Course, Big Pharma Made This Worse
The junk science that made fat taboo in our diets also promoted one of mainstream medicine’s biggest scams – statin drugs. As more and more middle-aged folks without actual heart issues were put on statins, the rate of Alzheimer’s and other debilitating older age diseases rose.
Statins do lower cholesterol, along with other not so nice side effects. But cholesterol in our skin is needed for the manufacture of vitamin D3 from the sun.
Cholesterol is what creates most of our hormones. Cholesterol is a large part of the cell walls throughout our bodies. Cholesterol is a major part of our brain structure.
Recent epidemiological studies have demonstrated that folks with high cholesterol counts live longer than those with lower cholesterol.
So what’s the point of lowering cholesterol? Statin drugs are big money makers. And they continue to be because so many have embraced Ansel Keys’ misinformation and refuse to let it go even as proof of its falseness keeps emerging.
Isn’t it amazing how easy it is to fool most people while it’s so difficult to tell them they’ve been fooled? Mark Twain said that. It’s just a trait of human nature, unfortunately.
For better health, we should all be including real fats from healthy sources in our daily diets regardless of government guidelines and the still mostly accepted dogma while ignoring advice for taking statin drugs.
featured image: time.com