Sunday, April 20, 2014

Study Questions Fat and Heart Disease Link -

The set up:
Many of us have long been told that saturated fat, the type found in meat, butter and cheese, causes heart disease. But a large and exhaustive new analysis by a team of international scientists found no evidence that eating saturated fat increased heart attacks and other cardiac events.
The new findings are part of a growing body of research that has challenged the accepted wisdom that saturated fat is inherently bad for you and will continue the debate about what foods are best to eat.
For decades, health officials have urged the public to avoid saturated fat as much as possible, saying it should be replaced with the unsaturated fats in foods like nuts, fish, seeds and vegetable oils.
But the new research, published on Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, did not find that people who ate higher levels of saturated fat had more heart disease than those who ate less. Nor did it find less disease in those eating higher amounts of unsaturated fat, including monounsaturated fat like olive oil or polyunsaturated fat like corn oil.

The rest of the article includes interviews of so called experts, recitations of opinions, and very little analysis of where yet another epidemiological study falls in terms of the scientific value.

Let's face it - epidemiological studies show everything causes everything.

Why anyone reports on this silliness is a mystery.  If there were any good science of the topic - that would be newsworthy.  Eat meat, vegetables, nuts/seeds, little fruit/starch, no sugar/wheat.

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