Article against saturated fat.

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 26, 2013 at 4:01 AM

Can someone please help me understand this article that is clearly against saturaed fat...




on March 26, 2013
at 04:05 AM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/processed-meat-death-mortality-study/#axzz2OcCnUK35 they usually get debunked a little bit along the lines of this see related posts too

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on March 26, 2013
at 12:41 PM

People love conclusions, but they don't like reading long studies and deciphering them. If you read the details of these studies, there are lots of obvious errors that were either short cuts or mistakes in the study. For example, as Ted Hutchinson alluded to, the "seven countries" study classified ice cream as a saturated fat (!?). In another study, hot dogs are classified as a red meat. However, few people look at these details and instead bandy about the conclusions as if they are facts.

But more telling for me is the fact that, if this whole low-saturated-fat, high carb theory of dieting actually worked, over the last 60 years we would have developed a population of fit, health people free of disease. However the exact opposite has happened to the point that it's called an epidemic.


on March 26, 2013
at 12:12 PM

It's a good idea when reading these papers to start from basics and follow the links to the first paper they are relying on for evidence.

So the first reference is to http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/77/5/1146.long Effects of dietary fatty acids and carbohydrates on the ratio of serum total to HDL cholesterol and on serum lipids and apolipoproteins

and the first paper that relies on is Keys A, Anderson JT, Grande F. Prediction of serum-cholesterol responses of man to changes in fats in the diet. Lancet 1957;2:959???66. Now what do we know about Ancel Keys?

Perhaps others here should have followed Zoe Harcombes example and checked the Keys Database to see how he defined the classification of "Saturated Fat"

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The Seven Countries study classified processed foods, primarily carbohydrates, as saturated fats.

While I think many here would agree with Keys that processed foods, primarily carbohydrates are the root cause of the obesity epidemic, to classify processed foods, primarily carbohydrates primarily as "Saturated Fats" is fundamentally dishonest.

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