News

Video-ICON-2‘Fed Up’ Asks, Are All Calories Equal?

By ANAHAD O’CONNOR | May 9, 2014, 8:17 am

Americans have long been told that the cure for obesity is simple: Eat fewer calories and exercise more.

But a new documentary challenges that notion, making the case that Americans have been misled by the idea that we get fat simply because we consume more calories than we expend. The film explores what it sees as some of the more insidious corporate and political forces behind the rise of childhood obesity, and it examines whether increasing levels of sugar consumption have played an outsized role in the epidemic. Full story here

— — — — — — —

Now Saturated Fat Is Good for You?

Huffpost Healthy Living | April 4, 2014 | Christiane Northrup, MD

A recent article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) puts to rest a decades-old myth: Saturated fat is NOT bad for the heart. [1] This is news I’ve long suspected! And we now have science to support it. Fat is not the enemy when it comes to cardiovascular disease, weight gain, brain health, and so many other issues. It turns out that sugar — in all its many guises — is the real culprit for making you fat. What it also means is that because sugar causes inflammation throughout the body, it increases your risk of cardiovascular disease — and just about everything else! We’ve all been sold a bill of goods about so-called healthy low-fat foods . . . Full story here

— — — — — — —

No link found between saturated fat and heart disease

Cambridge University academic have looked over previous studies on saturated fat and discovered there is no link to heart disease

 By Sarah Knapton | Science Correspondent | 7:00AM GMT 18 Mar 2014

For the health conscious reader who has been stoically swapping butter for margarine for years the next sentence could leave a bad taste in the mouth. Scientists have discovered that saturated fat does not cause heart disease while so-called ‘healthy’ polyunsaturated fats do not prevent cardiovascular problems. In contrast with decades old nutritional advice, researchers at Cambridge University have found that giving up fatty meat, cream or butter is unlikely to improve health. They are calling for guidelines to be changed to reflect a growing body of evidence suggesting there is no overall association between saturated fat consumption and heart disease. Full story here

  — — — — — — —

Why almost everything you’ve been told about unhealthy foods is wrong

This article was written by Joanna Blythman, for The Observer on Sunday 23rd March 2014 00.05 Europe/London

Eggs and red meat have both been on the nutritional hit list – but after a major study last week dismissed a link between fats and heart disease, is it time for a complete rethink? Could eating too much margarine be bad for your critical faculties? The “experts” who so confidently advised us to replace saturated fats, such as butter, with polyunsaturated spreads, people who presumably practice what they preach, have suddenly come over all uncertain and seem to be struggling through a mental fog to reformulate their script. Last week it fell to a floundering professor, Jeremy Pearson, from the British Heart Foundation to explain why it still adheres to the nutrition establishment’s anti-saturated fat doctrine when evidence is stacking up to refute it. After examining 72 academic studies involving more than 600,000 participants, the study, funded by the foundation, found that saturated fat consumption was not associated with coronary disease risk. This assessment echoed a review in 2010 that concluded “there is no convincing evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease”. Full story here

— — — — — — —

Low carb high-fat diet speeds weight loss, reverses diabetes: Eat fat & get thin

February 17, 2014 | Samantha Chang | Celebrity Fitness and Health Examiner

Low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diets like the Atkins, Paleo and ketogenic diets not only promote rapid weight loss, but prevent and reverse heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

While health experts have long advocated a low-fat diet for weight loss, a growing number of respected medical experts now agree that consuming plenty of high-quality saturated fats such as coconut oil, salmon and grass-fed beef prevents — and even reverses — heart disease, obesity, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Full story here

— — — — — — —

Low-carb ketogenic diet prevents Alzheimer’s and ADHD, says Dr. David Perlmutter

January 7, 2014 | Samantha Chang | Celebrity Fitness and Health Examiner

Dr. David Perlmutter is a respected neurologist and author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller, Grain Brain. In an exclusive interview, Dr. Perlmutter explained that the scourges of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and ADHD are entirely preventable by following a gluten-free ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein diet that promotes rapid weight loss, treats epilepsy, and reverses Type 2 diabetes. Researcher Dr. Dominic D’Agostino also said a ketogenic diet starves cancer. Full story here

— — — — — — —

Low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet fuels rapid weight loss, say obesity experts

October 9, 2013 | Samantha Chang | Celebrity Fitness and Health Examiner

Dietary fat has been blamed as the cause of obesity, heart disease and diabetes for the past 40 years, but many medical experts say a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet promotes rapid weight loss and optimal health. What’s more, they say a high-fat diet helps people maintain their weight loss long-term — something the vast majority of diets cannot claim.

“I tell my patients not to fear the fat,” Dr. Eric Westman told CBN. “Eat lots of fat. Fat makes you feel full. There’s no problem with fat. In fact, saturated fat, the fat that we’ve been taught not to eat, raises your good cholesterol best of all the foods you can eat.”

Westman, an obesity expert who oversees the Duke University Lifestyle Medicine Clinic, said his patients experience dramatic weight loss on a ketogenic diet, which is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb eating plan. Full story here

— — — — — — —

Top 15 Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight on a Low-Carb Diet

March 4, 2013 | by Kris Gunnars | 528,849 views | 232 Comments

Low-carb diets are very effective. That is a scientific fact. However, as with any diet, people sometimes stop losing before they reach their desired weight. Here are the top 15 reasons why you’re not losing weight on a low-carb diet. Full story here

  — — — — — — —

Saturated Fats Not Linked to Heart Disease

Dietary intakes of saturated fats are not linked to cardiovascular disease, so says a meta-analysis of 21 studies from across the world

January 14, 2010

The saturated fat found mainly in meat and dairy products has had a bad reputation, but a new analysis of published studies finds no clear link between people’s intake of saturated fat and their risk of developing heart disease. But in the new analysis, which combined the results of 21 previous studies, researchers found no evidence that higher saturated fat intakes led to higher risks of heart disease or stroke. Full story here

 — — — — — — —

Study raises questions about dietary fats and heart disease guidance

BMJ Group  |  New analysis of missing data casts doubt on diet-heart advice

Dietary advice about fats and the risk of heart disease is called into question on bmj.com today as a clinical trial shows that replacing saturated animal fats with omega-6 polyunsaturated vegetable fats is linked to an increased risk of death among patients with heart disease.

Advice to substitute vegetable oils rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) for animal fats rich in saturated fats to help reduce the risk of heart disease has been a cornerstone of dietary guidelines for the past half century.  Full story here

— — — — — — —