DR. LEWIS’ NOTE: This is a really important concept to grasp but is going to be difficult for many people to accept as it goes against everything we have been taught since we were little. A lot we have been taught by the government about nutrition over the past 40 years has been pretty much wrong. I urge you to read the entire article and pass it forward. In graduate school, I did a paper in a nutrition class that correlated the amount of low- and non-fat sales with the rise of obesity in America. The issues are complex and there are no easy answers. It is not just about fat and carbs. For example, there is a direct correlation between poverty and obesity. But the science about fat and carbs – well, read this article!
“Saturated fat does not cause heart disease”—or so concluded a big study published in March in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. How could this be? The very cornerstone of dietary advice for generations has been that the saturated fats in butter, cheese and red meat should be avoided because they clog our arteries. For many diet-conscious Americans, it is simply second nature to opt for chicken over sirloin, canola oil over butter.
The new study’s conclusion shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with modern nutritional science, however. 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.