Monday, November 4, 2013

Heart Specialist Calls for Major Repositioning on Saturated Fat

Here is a link to another interesting and informative article from Dr. Mercola.  For many years I, too, believed we were to eat only unsaturated fat and tried hard to help my family do so.  I now use only butter, coconut oil and olive oil.  What do you think?  Have you switched?

Heart Specialist Calls for Major Repositioning on Saturated Fat, as it’s NOT the Cause of Heart Disease

November 04, 2013 | 49,615 views
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By Dr. Mercola
For the past 60 years, conventional medical authorities have warned that saturated animal fats cause heart disease and should be severely restricted in a heart-healthy diet.
As of 2010, recommendations from the US Department of Agriculture1 (USDA) call for reducing your saturated fat intake to a mere 10 percent of your total calories or less. This is astounding, considering the fact that many health experts now believe you likely need anywhere from 50 to 70 percent of healthful fats for optimal health!

It’s virtually impossible to estimate how many people have been prematurely killed by the persistent promulgation of this myth, grown from a flawed studypublished over half a century ago, that has since been soundly debunked by many decades of research subsequently published.
Most recently, an editorial in the British Medical Journal2 titled: From the Heart, Saturated Fat is Not the Major Issue, has garnered much media attention as it sends a contrary message by saying  it’s time to bust the myth that saturated fat consumption causes heart disease.

Saturated Fat Does NOT Promote Heart Disease

The avoidance of saturated fat actually promotes poor health in a number of ways, compounding the health risks of following this completely outdated and dangerous advice. As stated by the author, Aseem Malhotra, an interventional cardiology specialist registrar at Croydon University Hospital in London:
“The mantra that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has dominated dietary advice and guidelines for almost four decades. Yet scientific evidence shows that this advice has, paradoxically, increased our cardiovascular risks....
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