Saturday, December 15, 2007

Stop the Presses---Hell has Officially Frozen Over

I just can not believe it---mainstream media actually writing something positive about consuming dietary fat.

What if bad fat isn’t so bad? - Diet and nutrition- "Nina Teicholz"

This author writes for Men's Health, so that is not a surprise. They have many writers who support a carb restricted, higher fat dietary approach. Adam Campbell is a good example.

Suppose you were forced to live on a diet of red meat and whole milk. A diet that, all told, was at least 60 percent fat — about half of it saturated. If your first thoughts are of statins and stents, you may want to consider the curious case of the Masai, a nomadic tribe in Kenya and Tanzania.

In the 1960s, a Vanderbilt University scientist named George Mann, M.D., found that Masai men consumed this very diet (supplemented with blood from the cattle they herded). Yet these nomads, who were also very lean, had some of the lowest levels of cholesterol ever measured and were virtually free of heart disease.

Scientists, confused by the finding, argued that the tribe must have certain genetic protections against developing high cholesterol. But when British researchers monitored a group of Masai men who moved to Nairobi and began consuming a more modern diet, they discovered that the men's cholesterol subsequently skyrocketed.

Similar observations were made of the Samburu — another Kenyan tribe — as well as the Fulani of Nigeria. While the findings from these cultures seem to contradict the fact that eating saturated fat leads to heart disease, it may surprise you to know that this "fact" isn't a fact at all. It is, more accurately, a hypothesis from the 1950s that's never been proved.

I am always preaching to my WLS friends they need to get out of that whole low-fat dogma mind-set. Dietary fat is GOOD for you. Still many of my friends speak of having dumping issues from the fat. I ask you to look at what else you are consuming. Fiber will cause the same "potty" issues many associate with the fat intake.

The diet heart hypothesis is the basis for all the low-fat dogma out there. If you read up on it, you will see it is just a load of crap, with absolutely no proof.

Here's some more interesting things from the article:

Today, it's well established that stearic acid has no effect on cholesterol levels. In fact, stearic acid — which is found in high amounts in cocoa as well as animal fat — is converted to a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid in your liver. This is the same heart-healthy fat found in olive oil. As a result, scientists generally regard this saturated fatty acid as either benign or potentially beneficial to your health.

Do you see that---ANIMAL FAT---is converted to the same type of fat found in olive oil once it gets into your body. So no more of this garbage about "good" fats, "bad" fats junk okay. Go eat a steak and enjoy it---a fatty steak at that. Read on though...

We've spent billions of our tax dollars trying to prove the diet-heart hypothesis. Yet study after study has failed to provide definitive evidence that saturated-fat intake leads to heart disease. The most recent example is the Women's Health Initiative, the government's largest and most expensive ($725 million) diet study yet. The results, published last year, show that a diet low in total fat and saturated fat had no impact in reducing heart-disease and stroke rates in some 20,000 women who had adhered to the regimen for an average of 8 years.

Now let's get into the whole cholesterol thing. Cholesterol is a big bunch of garbage in my opinion, but for those of you who still believe in it---look at this info.

In 1980, Dr. Krauss and his colleagues discovered that LDL cholesterol is far from the simple "bad" particle it's commonly thought to be. It actually comes in a series of different sizes, known as subfractions. Some LDL subfractions are large and fluffy. Others are small and dense. This distinction is important.

A decade ago, Canadian researchers reported that men with the highest number of small, dense LDL subfractions had four times the risk of developing clogged arteries than those with the fewest. Yet they found no such association for the large, fluffy particles. These findings were confirmed in subsequent studies.

Now here's the saturated-fat connection: Dr. Krauss found that when people replace the carbohydrates in their diet with fat — saturated or unsaturated — the number of small, dense LDL particles decreases. This leads to the highly counterintuitive notion that replacing your breakfast cereal with eggs and bacon could actually reduce your risk of heart disease.

So put down that oatmeal and Fiber One cereal for breakfast and have some eggs and bacon instead.


Medusa said...

Another great post, Bama!

Fat is essential in one's diet. Love me some fat!

Re cholesterol:
There's an amazing book which was written by two Canadians, Ray Moynihan and Alan Cassels. It's entitled, "Selling Sickness...How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies are Turning us all into Patients."

The section in the book on "high cholesterol" is startling.

From the book: "...we need to do a better job focusing in on the people who really stand to benefit the most from drugs, rather than get distracted by having to treat so many people at low risk...examination of cholesterol guidelines is part of a bigger look at the way definitions of many common conditions are being widened, and how as a result the pool of potential patients likely to be prescribed drugs and other therapies is being expanded. Cholesterol is for them [the drug companies] a prime example of what they see as a growing trend. 'It's an effort to make everybody sick...and the trend is global.'"

"What is widely accepted is that having high cholesterol is only one of many factors that affect your chances of future heart disease. Yet it attracts a huge share of attention because it can be modified with drugs -- drugs that now boast promotional budgets rivaling those of some brands of beer or soda...yet for most healthy people there are much cheaper, safe and effective ways to try to stay healthy than using statins. Improving diet, increasing exercise, and stopping smoking are the obvious and well-known strategies."

Bama, it's a must-read. The drug companies, internationally, are creating "illnesses" to promote drug sales, and many doctors have fallen into their trap.

"As the public learns more about industry's influence over the definitions of disorders and dysfunctions, and its methods for creating 'new disease markets,' the selling of sickness will likely move closer to the center of those debates."

It's an excellent book and I highly recommend it. Other topics covered are depression, menopause, attention deficit disordr, high blood pressure, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, social anxiety disorder (Heidi/Kimmer!), osteoporosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and female sexual dysfunction.

Since reading this book, I stopped taking both my high-cholesterol and osteoporosis meds. My latest blood tests and bone scan showed "normal" cholesterol readings and no change in my osteoporosis, both results which I attribute solely to having been on Atkins for the past year.

Here is more information on "Selling Sickness" on Amazon:

Low Carb said...

First - nice blog - I'm honored that you found *my* blog worthy of linking to.

As to the 'Fat Hypothesis' - that fat is bad for you - it was promoted by a fellow named Ancel Keys in the 1950's. This was mentioned in the MSNBC article.

Bastard lived to be 100.