Skip to comments.Like Junk Science on the Climate, Saturated-Fat Fearmongering Has Been Exposed as Baseless
Posted on 05/07/2014 4:53:56 PM PDT by Kaslin
RUSH: How many of you believe that eating eggs and mayonnaise and steak and other high fat foods is a no-no, shouldn't do it. It's gonna lead to obesity -- fat, if you're in Rio Linda. It's gonna lead to cholesterol. It's gonna lead to clogged arteries. It's gonna lead to your death, prematurely. You shouldn't get anywhere near it. How many of you believe it? I would venture to say almost everybody believes it, even the people who eat the stuff and they're willing to take the risk. I think probably everybody simple because this has been told to us for a hundred years, or whatever is our entire lives. We've all been told that that stuff is just, "Aw, gee, you don't want it."
I once had it described to me when I was having some fried chicken, pan gravy, "You know, that's the stuff when they do bypass surgery, that's the stuff that they have to clean out of the arteries." I mean people believe this stuff. It's been a 50-year effort to get people to stop eating meat, eggs, and whole fat dairy. And do you know, an entire multiple billion-dollar industry has developed around it. And do you know there is one person responsible? Just like one person is responsible for all the deaths of malaria because we can't use DDT, the idiot Rachel Carson, there's one person responsible for this. The person's name is Ancel Keys
This is from the Wall Street Journal. It is a long article and I'm just gonna give you the nut of it. There is NO evidence -- capital N, capital O; zilch, zero, nada, none, doesn't exist, evidence -- that high-fat diets or high-fat anything leads to heart disease. NO evidence. Once again we have been lied to for decades, in this case by a single scientist who for some reason, what he said was popular with some who picked it up, and I will go out on a limb and say that it may not have been at the outset, but this has been turned into a political issue, because everything is.
Now, you might say, "Aw, come on, Rush. Look, I love you, but what do you mean? What's politics about telling people not to eat mayonnaise and eggs?" Health care is what's politics about it. The fact that you don't know what's good for you is what's politics about it. The fact that you need an FDA or some other government agency telling you what you should and shouldn't eat because you're not bright enough to know what's good for you or not, that's what's politics about it.
What's politics about it is the opportunity it presents for people to control what you do, and they don't even have to work very hard. They just have to pummel you for a few years with the fact that X is gonna kill you and you'll stop doing X or a lot of people will. And not only will you stop doing it, when you see other people doing it, you'll try to shame them. And where has it led? Now we've got to get rid of cattle and cows for global warming because of the methane that comes when they expel gas. That's how you get to the politics of it.
Perfect analogy. It’s all about control.
the ketogenic/atkins’ diet is one of the better diets around, you eat less and are not hungry. Also, you are eating the way you are supposed to eat. Just think what you would be eating during the months of November to June if you were a caveman or indian....anything that would be walking or swimming by..surely not wheat, bread, pizza, pasta, rice or potatoes...or soda and beer.
Oh, health advice for the Great Rushbo. No, thanks.
I think I will stick to listening to great political entertainment.
Soda didn’t seem so bad until corn syrup replaced real sugar
A classic piece on junk science, including second hand smoke.
Corn syrup *is* real sugar.
Do you mean, until a mixture containing various proportions of monosaccharide fructose and glucose replaced a pure formulation of disaccharides consisting of covalently bonded fructose and glucose in an exact 1:1 ratio?
Part of the reason for the switch is that the mixture of fructose and glucose monosaccharides aka corn syrup is sweeter than sucrose, so companies can get away with using less of it than they would sucrose.
I bet a lot of people on the anti-corn syrup bandwagon eat pecan pie... which contains tons of the stuff.
We need to end price supports on real cane sugar!
The problem is more complex than Rush explained it. First of all, no one has been lying. What has happened is that MDs conduct observational studies, huge studies, and use really powerful statistics to find correlations between different parameters measured in the study. That is fine, as far as it goes—but rarely do they take the next step and find out what, exactly, the correlation means. So they see fat build-ups in blood vessels and assume that it results from consumption of too much fat. The natural human tendency is always to look for simple answers, and what could be more simple than avoiding X food to prevent Y disease? Since most MDs are not trained in research, they rarely ask if their findings are the whole story.
Unfortunately, once someone has latched onto a correlation, others then do their own studies to find the same correlation—and before you know it, they are spreading the word that correlation=causation.
The best information we have is that people should eat balanced diets. Don’t avoid certain foods, don’t eat large amounts, consume equal amounts of the major macronutrients (fats, proteins, carbs).
It’s all about selling advertising.
So a few people die? What about all the “I can’t believe it’s not butter” ads the media sold?
We’ve got a controlling government because the media makes more money from one.
In practical terms, this means several important things:
1) Whole milk dairy products and cheese are much better for you than are low fat or skim milk products. Importantly, milk does have some other ingredients that are not cardio-friendly (in low fat and skim milk as well), but in processing, these ingredients are neutralized in cheese. The saturated fats in milk might actually mitigate some of its other components.
Hard goat cheese contains the most saturated fat at 24 grams per 100 gram serving, or 123% of the DV. It is followed by Cheddar (105% DV), Roquefort (96% DV), Fontina (96% DV), and Gjetost, Gruyere, Muenster, Monterey, and Parmesan all at 95% DV per 100 grams, or about 20% saturated fat.
2) Naturally occurring oils and fats are generally better for you than hydrogenated or otherwise synthetic oils. Preferably they should be “cold-pressed”.
3) Coconut oil is unique in being a medium chain triglyceride. Typically oils and fats are absorbed in the small intestine, then processed through the lymphatic system, but coconut oil takes a more direct route, so is an essential oil for those with fat digestion problems.
4) There should be a balance of fats in the diet between those with Omega-6 (like typical meats) and those with Omega-3, found in some fish.
5) Neither fats or carbohydrates by themselves contribute much to weigh gain, but in combination they certainly do.
The only reason I do not eat more steak is that is expensive.
Look what I found from Costco:
Organic Grassfed Boneless Ribeye Steaks 10 oz. $259.99
ahh... ok maybe I left out the 20-pack part : )
Still $12+ dollars apiece
In 2014, 30 years later, it's in the safe with the jewels!
Love pecan pie and Karo syrup, but the real reason it’s used is the sugar tariff which benefits just a few very wealthy cane sugar growers.
Well, I don’t know about other uses, but I can’t imagine pecan pie made without Karo.
It’s been a while since I made a pecan pie. It sounds awfully good right now. :)
The clear Karo syrup is delicious over cereal and even ice cream.
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