Saturated fats. The cause of heart disease or the answer to
Saturated fats, in the form of red meat have been with us since
time immemorial. They have been a part of the human diet ever
since we have been on the planet.
ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) on the other hand, has only
been around since the 1940s or so (and is still increasing
sharply) which, funnily enough, was when hydrogenated vegetable
oils were introduced - coincidence? Not in the least.
After starting his medical carreer in the 1920s, Dr Weston
Price, a leading proponent of natural nutrition, did not
see his first case of IHD for 7 years. Nowadays, IHD is so
common that it is the leading cause of death in the Western
World and is, therefore, one of the main subjects at medical
school, although it has been recognised as a problem for
less than 100 years.
In that time, societies all around the World have been persauded
(falsely) that saturated fat from red meat was responsible,
and as a consequence a massive, thriving market has been
built for vegetable oils, particularly hydrogenated
vegetable oils, which are touted as being "safer" than
their natural, saturated counterparts.
The truth is somewhat different.
suprisingly, the concept of the "dangers" of
saturated fat were first pointed out by the vegetable oil
industry, which had created hydrogenated
fats in the 30s and 40s in an effort to stabilise their
products to enable shipping over long distances. Other
results of this action were the solidification of these
oils, enabling them to be suggested as replacements for
butter and animal fats such as lard, which had been in
use for centuries, if not millenia.
Soon afterwards, a noticeable change in public health took
place. IHD, which was virtually unheard of before the introduction
of these oils appeared and was increasing at a alarming rate.
Cancer, hitherto a rare condition affecting less than 1 in
50 individuals also began to increase (it now affects more
than 1 in 3 people).
Incredibly, the vegetable oil industry was allowed to point
the finger of blame at the old-fashioned saturated fats.
Immediately alarm bells rung.
Dr Ancel Keys reported that he believed that hydrogenated
vegetable oils with their trans
fatty acid components were responsible for the sudden
and significant increase in ischemic
heart disease over the previous decade. The response
was predictable - the oil manufacturers buried the research
and began the false attack on animal fats.
More recently in 1978, Dr Mary Enig, a clinical nutritionist
at the University of Maryland discovered that, contrary to
all the hype, the increased cancer rates were directly
associated with total fat intake and vegetable fat intake but not
with consumption of animal fat. Dr Enig has
since spent the last 25 years warning of the dangers of trans
fats and the relative safety of animal fats.
the bulk of modern medicine has ignored, even ridiculed
these (and other, corroborating) findings without
considering the evidence. Until such entrenched, follish
and, frankly, ignorant attitudes can be altered (don't hold
your breath), the myths regarding the "dangers" of
saturated fat and cholesterol will
continure to be rehashed and repeated, despite the overwhelming
evidence to the contrary.
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