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Fat Is Back

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Trimming fat from a diet is usually the first order of business for anyone looking to slim down and shape up. But new research shows that fats may not be the problem. We’ll talk this hour about the place that fats have on our plates with Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet (Simon & Schuster).

  • bobofromtexas

    The science was settled on how fat was bad for you until it wasn’t. It makes you wonder what other “settled science’ will also turn out ot bed wrong too.

    • Paul Allen

      Its sounds to me like the science wasn’t settled. (Science rarely is “settled”) A claim was made early and never really verified, but the public latched on and it was never really challenged. Good science always challenges claims without sufficient backing. The lack of a challenge is where the system failed. This is a major problem because a scientific challenge is expensive. There has to be a profit motive to fund research. The profit motive was actually to accept and develop fat free products to sell, not fund research to debunk a popular untested assertion.

    • Diana Yeager Prichard

      The science has been settled. The study that was done regarding fats in the diet was done on men to determine why they were getting heart disease. Researchers found that their diets, high animal fats and processed foods, and their lifestyles, high stress and no exercise, were the problem. But, as the media tends to do, the high fat part was the part everyone was told about. So, through the 1970′s and 80′s, everyone cut out as much fat from their diets as they could and substituted in carbs instead to help meet their hunger quotient. Without enough fats (ergo proteins that also got neglected in our quest to reduce fats), we were always hungry. Refined carbs became the norm for most people and fast food quickly met that need. All that led to our obesity epidemic today. Highly refined carbs create fluctuating blood sugar which creates a lot of unhealthy bodies and minds (the brain needs steady blood sugar to be healthy), and creates a lot of feelings of hunger, which creates, in turn, more eating of carbohydrates. It is a vicious cycle. Refined carbos create high triglycerides which creates the heart disease and all around bad health. If you ask your doctor about fats in your diet, ask them if it is really the refined foods you are eating (white flour, white noodles, white rice, white sugar, fruit juices instead of the whole fruit, etc) that is making you sick. They should, if they are worth their education, tell you the truth. As this author stated, the pharmaceutical companies are making a lot of money making you think you need pills to reduce your LDLs and your doctor is complicit in this misinformation. A good diet in good proteins, fats, and whole foods (fruits and vegetables) without anything refined will keep you fit and healthy. You can check out functional medicine on the web to get an idea about what that is all about. And you might consider finding a doctor who specializes in functional medicine since they consider whole body health through diet and exercise. Pharmaceuticals are a last resort.

  • Nebiyu Daniel

    I find it hard to just accept what your guest is saying. I’m sure she is genuine in her efforts but as I hear her trying to explain the science behind all this I can’t help but want a doctor to validate some of her findings.

  • Melinda

    Krys, I think you need to interview Dr. John McDougall to give the other side of this story. He is the author of many books including The Starch Solution. His website is http://www.drmcdougall.com Thanks!

  • txswede

    ve been hearing this trend over the last year or two.  I sure don’t know everything, but as a microbiology major with an interest in nutrition, this makes more sense to me than the “eat no fat” mantra.  I did cut back on saturated fats, but never did believe that eggs were bad for you, kept eating them.  Eggs are almost a perfect food.

    Science is a process, at best.  A lot of truely beneficial research doesnt get done because if it wont make a drug company a lot of money, who will fund it?  When profit motive does enter the fray, results may get sqewed, as the author discussed.  Or, fads and misinformation just go viral and for some reason don’t get challenged…so, we SHOULD all be a little skeptical, and check things out from different sources.

    That being said, some of the newest findings are about physiological damage (to heart, blood vessels, immune system, etc) caused by oxidation/free radicals.  The authors comments about cooking with oils that oxidize readily got my attention.  I was hoping she’d give her opinion on using coconut oil.  Am I going to have to buy the book?  ;-)

  • Donna

    I would love to hear a discussion with Caldwell Esselstyn, cardiologist and author of “How to Reverse Heart Disease” and T. Collin Campbell, author of ” The China Study”. They have been ” in the trenches” with patients with heart disease who have literally seen their arteries open up again and seen improvement in blood work, etc. They deserve to be given equal time to rebut Nina Teicholz!

  • Armand Christopher

    Coming from a fill blooded Italian background fat,butter,cheese and eggs were a staple in our home. Both sets of grandparent were in there 90′s both my parents are in there 80′s. And I am 65 with high cholesterol and weigh 149 lbs. I told my heart doctor when I went in for my check up for the first time recently ” I have high cholesterol, I refuse to take medication, and I live to eat no eat to live.” Here was his reply “it’s not what you eat so much it’s who your parent were.” Touché

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