For decades we were told that eating fat would clog our arteries and send us to an early grave, but a current study published in a leading medical journal disproves this theory.
In fact, fat may be good for us. A mounting slew of evidence suggests that having full dairy in your diet may actually protect you from heart disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found overweight middle-age men who ate high levels of saturated fats - mainly found in dairy, meat and tropical oils - and low levels of carbohydrates lost weight.
Besides a slimmer figure, the men's blood pressure and glucose levels were reduced. Refined carbohydrates turn into sugar in our bodies, causing a spike in insulin that leads to fat accumulation in cells, experts say.
Professor Sherif Sultan, a heart specialist from the University of Ireland, told the Sunday Express: 'We urgently need to overturn current dietary guidelines.
'People should not be eating high carbohydrate diets as they have been told over the past decade.
The supposed link between saturated fats and heart disease has been debunked by brave individuals since the theory was first propounds in 1948, but as this 2014 article in the WSJ (The questionable link between saturated fat and heart disease",
The fact is, there has never been solid evidence for the idea that these fats cause disease. We only believe this to be the case because nutrition policy has been derailed over the past half-century by a mixture of personal ambition, bad science, politics and bias.
You can read the entire article, and probably should if you'd like to switch back to whole milk and achieve a healthier diet, but my broader point is that what "everyone knows" is not necessarily true. A policy "derailed ... by a mixture of personal ambition, bad science, politics and bias" is exactly what global warming skeptics have been saying, and being persecuted for saying, about the "irrefutable" claims of the coming appocalyse since the hysteria started. Add to those similarities the opportunity for huge profits - P&G and its Crisco in 1948, the "alternative energy" producers, solar panel manufacturers, corn growers and carbon tax traders, to name a few global warming profiteers, and the caution flags ought to be raised.
This is not to advocate taking global warming alarms with a grain of salt - settled science has established that salt causes dangerous hypertension - but a little skepticism is probably in order.
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