In the first half of the 20th century, America saw a sudden increase in heart disease. The medical community was baffled and the public wanted answers, and the “diet-heart hypothesis” or the “lipid hypothesis” was born. This subsequently changed how we view all-natural fat, including meat and dairy products.
Here are six things to consider before you begin to follow the government recommended policy of eating a low-fat diet:
1. It’s just a theory!
The theory of eating a low-fat diet to prevent heart disease was thought up by Ancel Keys, a man who had no training in nutritional science, epidemiology or cardiology. It is important to remember, though, that it is just a theory—never proven by hard fact. But he did not follow his own low-fat diet recommendations. History shows us that despite great opposition, his theory became national policy without any evidence or research to support it.
2. Biased-based research
All the research to support the idea of a diet low in saturated fat, low in cholesterol and high in polyunsaturated fat was funded by large food corporations.
3. Consuming vegetable oil increases your risk of cancer
Research has proven that eating a diet high in vegetable oil increases your risk of cancer. In studies, cancer rates have been consistently higher in the low-saturated-fat groups than the high-saturated-fat groups.
And in 1968, vegetable oil was shown to double the rate of cancerous tumor growth in rats.
4. The healthiest people in the world eat a lot of saturated fat
The Japanese and the Swiss, ranked one and in the world for health, vitality and longevity, have two of the fattiest diets in the world. The Japanese are often praised for their health, but the idea that they eat a low-fat diet is simply a myth. Although they do not consume much dairy fat, the amount of other animal fat they consume is significant.
5. Saturated fat protects you from harmful viruses and bacteria
Saturated fats, such as lard, tallow, butter, coconut oil and cocoa butter, have proven antimicrobial qualities. They help protect cells from harmful viruses and bacteria. Saturated fat also is one of the main building blocks of cells. When saturated fat is replaced with vegetable oil, cells become more prone to disease and cancer.
6. Breast milk is extremely high in both cholesterol and saturated fat
Breast milk contains one of the highest sources of cholesterol on the planet. More than 50 percent of the calories found in breast milk are saturated fat. Commercial formula does not replicate the nutrients found in a mother’s milk. They are made low in fat and cholesterol, by recommendation of the American Heart Association. Sadly, a study published in Pediatrics has linked children who are failing to thrive with their consumption of a low-fat diet.
Policy is often put into place for convenience and money, not your well-being. It’s always important to educate yourself, especially when it comes to your health. Don’t take someone’s word for it. In an age where information is so abundant, seek out the truth! And see a doctor.