Blast from the Past
Over the past few years that I’ve been running my blog, I’ve written dozens of articles about the lack of correlation between saturated fat intake and cardiovascular disease risk. I’ve even written an entire eBook dedicated to dispelling the myth that saturated fat “clogs” your arteries and that eating butter is just like asking for a heart attack. While I originally felt that I was completely going against the grain of conventional nutrition philosophy, I’m starting to see a shift in the mainstream media thanks to the new studies that come out vindicating dietary saturated fat.
The most recent of these studies is: Dietary Intake of Saturated Fat Is Not Associated with Risk of Coronary Events or Mortality in Patients with Established Coronary Artery Disease. In this study, Norwegian men with a history of heart disease were followed over the course of nearly 5 years to determine their risk of a coronary event (such as a heart attack) and/or death. The men were asked to fill out a detailed questionnaire that determined their relative intake of saturated fat. The study found that there was no change in cardiac event or mortality risk based on low versus high saturated fat intake.
This research adds more support to the fact that for most people, saturated fat intake does not increase one’s risk for a heart attack, even when cardiovascular disease is already established. There is a small percentage of people who may benefit from a lower saturated fat intake, and I lay out a protocol for those people in my High Cholesterol Action Plan.
But otherwise, I hope this study will be seen as yet another nail in the coffin of the diet-heart hypothesis that has been promoted as gospel for the last several decades.
- New research shows that the US military is getting fatter.
- The clean plate club: about 92% of self-served food is eaten.
- Are wholesale grocery stores like Costco making us fat?
- According to the American Psychological Association average stress levels have declined since 2007.
- More evidence suggests that some jogging is good, while too much may undermine health.
- Infants fed human breast milk rich in omega-3 (found in fish, nuts, and seeds) had higher academic test scores than infants fed breast milk containing more omega-6 (found in corn and soybean oil).
Worth a Look
- Homeowners rejoice: You can burn a lot of calories performing home maintenance tasks.
- Experts are starting to acknowledge the nutritional benefits of eating white potatoes.
- Whom do you consider a nutrition expert? This Op-Ed by Dr. David Katz questions the legitimacy of many self proclaimed nutritionists.
- Laura of Ancestralize Me provides her recommended list of the best labs to get for general health maintenance.
- Do your children sleep with devices or smartphones in their bedrooms?
- Regular workouts are worth a lot more than an ideal body – exercise protects the brain too.
- Join Jonathan Fields as he interviews me on a new episode of The Good Life Project.
- Robb Wolf instructs us to consider the sustainability of our diets over the pursuit of a “perfect” body.
For the Foodies
- Real Food Forager: Garlic Plantain Crackers
- Three Beans On A String: Curried Parsnip and Carrot Soup
- Naked Cuisine: Paleo Salmon and Scallop Chowder
- The Paleo Mom: Cream of Broccoli Soup
- Enjoying This Journey: Kofte Lamb Kebabs
- Elana’s Pantry: Salmon Wasabi Burgers
- Nom Nom Paleo: Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs
- The Iron You: Easy Creamy Crock-Pot Chicken Tikka Masala
- The Domestic Man: Torsk (Scandinavian Poached Cod)
- Against All Grain: Grain Free Chocolate Cupcakes
- Paleo Crumbs: Chocolate Sweetheart Cookies
- The Healthy Foodie: Queen Elizabeth Cake