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The LOW FAT DIET myth of the past IS bad for your health
Dr. Chrystyne Olivieri May 2017
I have recently been reading some very interesting stuff about how the "low fat diet" which has been promoted first by the American Heart Association (AHA) in the 1950's and then adopted dopted by the U.S.D.A. Dietary Guidelines for Americans adopted in 1980 was essentially based on very bad science and poorly conducted research. I recently came across some amazing research by people like Chris Masterjohn, PhD, a lipidologist and Nina Teicholz. Chris has written many articles, published many scientific studies and has a website (www.cholesterol-and-health.com). He has articulated in his articles how the low fat myth has essentially ruined the health of Americans. And Nina has written a wonderful book "The Big Fat Surprise" which is chock full of citations from research studies both promoting and contradicting fat as a cause of heart disease. Of course, this controversy has been a boon to the medical community which includes the pharmaceutical industry which has made millions - no, billions of dollars on the backs of unsuspecting Americans, who just want to have optimal health.
Every time I see another patient who has elevated blood glucose, pre-diabetes, or a new diabetic, I am floored when they tell me that they believe they eat a very healthy diet.
"My diet consists of oatmeal in the morning (and I only eat the good kind - Irish steel cut oats - and some fruit). Then for a snack I have a yogurt (something like Activia or Light n'Fit). For lunch they only eat healthy, like Subway, a grilled chicken wrap, or perhaps a Grilled chicken Caesar Salad, with homemade croutons and diet Coke or diet Snapple. They eat a piece of fruit or "fat-free" pretzels as an afternoon snack - then for dinner, they often eat fish, like Talapia (a farm raised fish), then with a baked sweet potato and a salad (with bottled salad dressing). Snacking in the evening in front of the television usually consists of a treat like microwave popcorn or a bowl of commercially made ice cream."
And they wonder why they need to see me. They believe the lab must have made a mistake in processing their blood work. Oh, yea, and their scale at home is probably too old to be reliable. Not to mention that the clothing manufacturers are cutting clothing smaller now-a-days.
First of all, there are no mistakes, other than that Americans believe the USDA dietary guidelines are created in their best interest and that the AHA wants to promote healthy dietary guidelines based on real scientific study results that produce healthier outcomes (I don't think so!).
Many of the foods that many Americans eat today do not even closely resemble what humans have eaten for centuries. Foods of the 20th and 21st century are largely a result of the "industrial" and "fast-food" revolutions that have occurred perhaps without you noticing. This is a truncated timeline of what the last 150 years looks like. See if you see the patterns: