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Saturated Fat in Food Does Not Cause Heart Disease

Updated on May 24, 2014

For years, Americans have been told not to eat red meat, cheese, butter, regular milk and other types of food. It actually began in the 1950's. Now, in the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, the medical bible for the industry indicates it was just bad research subjugated to politics, bad science and bias.

Just what can believe what the government states as fact?

It all started and was promoted by Ancel Keys, a scientist who was very persuasive. Through his instance, he rose to the pinnacle of the nutrition world. His mantra was that saturated fats do cause cardiac diseases, raise cholesterol and increase heart attacks. During his rise in the nutrition field in the 50's, he noted that from 1920-50, heart attacks were far less, yet in the 50's, it was the No.1 cause of death, Even President Eisenhower suffered on in 1955.

The published study used 13,000 men in Japan. U.S., Finland, Italy, Yugoslavia and a few others. It was found that in France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, all that have high rates of saturated fat consumption, did NOT have a high rate of heart disease. Prior to this report, much of the medical research has been on the Mediterranean diet, which excludes most red meat and cheese. Much of this mantra is the product of Dr, Keys, He stated that his study include 655 men located in Crete. The reality, discovered in 2002, was only 36 or so. Worse still is that Keys conducted his study during Lent, when red meat and cheese were NOT consumed during the religious holiday. When Keys landed a position on the American Heart Association, the standard of American health guidelines in 1961, despite some reservations, the panel agreed with Keys that red meat and cheese and other high foods in saturated fat causes heart disease. It was still the mantra in 1980. The Key's diet that warned about saturated fat foods was adopted by the U.S. Senate in 1977 as "America's Guidelines".

So, the American diet was built upon faulty data from the Dr. Key's study prior to 1950. While not all nutritionists bought into the mantra, their voices were not heard in the tsunami against saturated fats.

Today, studies show that avoiding saturated fats increase the consumption of carbohydrates by 25% since 1970. Saturated fat consumption has dropped by 11%. Americans are now eating more pasta, grains, veggies and chicken. But, eating more of them and thus consuming more carbs. While that seems to fine, the result of this anti-saturated fat diet Americans have now bought into is that, carbs breakdown into glucose that causes the body to release insulin. Insulin is an excellent way to store fat that is not burned off by exercise. Eating a lot of fruit is great BUT it is fructose (sugar) and in liver, causes triglycerides and lipids in the blood that are bad when combined. All this can lead to excessive carb consumption and over time, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease- and this was omitting saturated fat food.

The new study shows that the end result is the same no matter what type of carbs are consumed, even unrefined carbs. Amazingly, the study showed that a diet of whole grain pasta and fruit and veggies is LESS healthy than eggs and bacon! The study's revelation is that saturated fat does NOT make you fat or diabetic, but excessive carbs do! Some of this was known as far back as the 50's, but the Key's study was chosen by the majority then.

As Americans steered clear from saturated fats, they ate more vegetable oils. Crisco oil began in 1911, and was the most common cooking oil through the 1960's. Margarine replaced butter. And who helped the American Heart Association back in 1948, when it was a marginal little known entity- Procter & Gamble, the makers of Crisco oil! It was a due to a popular radio show at the time sponsored by P&G and Crisco oil that gave the AHA $1.7 million. This money was used to promote and elevate this entity into mainstream American society. No wonder the war against saturated fats began in the 1950's. Crisco was one of its sole benefactor.

Now, studies show that people with diets high in mostly vegetable oils, suffer higher rates of cancer and gallstones. It was also found that these people have higher levels of bad cholesterol. The bad LDL was created by hydrogenation, first introduced in the 1940's. It was an effort to make vegetable oil more stable by turning the oil into solids. You see, it was discovered that when you heat vegetable oil, it oxidizes. In the body, this can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and early death. So, since 1950 or so, Crisco type oils, caused something called Trans fats, first noticed in the 70's, interferes with cell functions in the body. Today, many have gone back to pure vegetable oils that are not hydrogenated! These oils may cause heart disease also because of their oxidation qualities and newly discovered toxins.

It was found that women with diets low in saturated fats actually increase their chances of heart disease because the female rarely gets this after age 50. Up until 2001, the American Heart Association and USDA have told Americans to drink a soft drink or snacks made of mostly sugar instead of fatty foods. Now we know that sugar is dangerous to health also.

The average consumer is dumbfounded. The only good, solid advice is: Whatever you eat or drink, do so with moderation.


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Being a dietitian or nutritionist must be very frustrating, you tell people what is healthy to eat and they agree but their habits do not change until they suffer a life threatening problem. Free will always prevails despite all the warnings in the world.

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I read a lot, do extensive research, ask a lot of questions and PAY ATTENTION. What you have shared here, does not surprise me.

      Each time something becomes the "Poison of the Day".....I always think to myself, "In a couple of years, more or less, we will hear of new studies, new findings and new Medical Journals that tell us that was wrong."

      Likewise, whatever the latest WONDER-food is, that guarantees us all much better health......will and HAS throughout history, become a very unhealthy food we are advised to delete from our diet.

      Fortunately for me and people with my mind set.....I am selective about what I take for granted and/or believe just because "somebody says so." There is a whole lot to be said about 1. Using our own intelligence and common sense. 2. Questioning (alleged) authority....we're all human beings capable of error. 3. Keeping abreast of important, helpful information and 4. Being responsible for our own health and safety well as all aspects of our life!

      What I feel is the most dangerous of all for mature, intelligent people is....allowing ourselves to be directed around by the nose, as if we're all morons and brain-washed by so-called "Experts" (most of them self-proclaimed) to do, say, think, feel and live in any particular manner....or NOT to, whatever the case may be.

      Finally, I have a message for a certain Mayor (and all those men & women like him)......"Dear Mayor Sir, I do not drink Sodas....never have and probably never will. HOWEVER, if I want to hook a fire hose up to my mouth and have Pepsi pumped into my body.....I will....with or without YOUR almighty permission. If I implode and fall into an irreversible sugar-coma....that would be my own stupid fault, now wouldn't it?"

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Think about how many nutritionists will now have to revamp their mantra to say to others. Thanks for the feedback.

    • mio cid profile image

      mio cid 

      4 years ago from Uruguay

      no truer words have been written my friend, i agree with this hub one thousand percent!

    • UnnamedHarald profile image

      David Hunt 

      4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Your last sentence is absolutely the best advice. Be skeptical, wonder "what's in it for them" whenever pronouncements from the experts come down from the mountain. Even if it's true (really true), individuals differ. Another problem comes from "numbers". Bureaucrats and businesses live in an orgy of numbers and many measurements are necessary, but, if it can't be measured arithmetically, can't be put in a spreadsheet, it's "useless". That's why everyone is measured by the same definition of high cholesterol, for example. Voted up, interesting, useful and shared.


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