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From: Mark Tyler (
Subject:         Re: saturated Fat
Date: February 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm PST

In Reply to: saturated Fat posted by Bob Waite on May 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm:

I know this post is old, but I found it interesting
because of all the nonsense put out about, "low" fat
studies, and, "healthy fats".

I recall a few years ago one study...and maybe this
is the one you're referencing Bob that said that a
low fat diet appeared to have no impact on heart

The study took place over a number of years with
several thousand people. The devil is in the
details. The study was aiming for a goal of 20 per
cent of calories from fat. Much lower than the
standard American diet, but still much higher than
recommended levels based on reversal studies.
Furthermore, the actual endpoint showed that the
average fat intake was 29%, only 8% lower than the
standard American diet. Nevertheless, the headline
was that low fat diets have no impact.

Then we have the Lyons study that championed the
medit. diet. I think that study was behind most of
the healthy fats blather. The problem is that NO
study to my knowledge has ever shown that heart
health is gained from ingesting fat, even though we
do need at least 5 per cent in our diet. What the
study does seem to show is that some fats are less
unhealthy than others. And indeed, the fat with the
least amount of saturated fat in it is going to be
less injurious.

No study has ever shown reversal or even a halt in
progression of heart disease by ingesting fat. What
we do know is that the large portion of the planet
that lives on a very low fat plant based diet
doesn't ever develop clogged arteries for the same
reason they don't get fat.


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