Oh My Aching Heart

Fat is not the problem. If Americans could eliminate sugary beverages, potatoes, white bread, pasta, white rice and sugary snacks, we would wipe out almost all the problems we have with weight and diabetes and other metabolic diseases. 

–Dr. Walter Willett

I’d say the biggest of all questions I get is an objection to the amount of fat I eat. I totally understand this: even if you aren’t paying attention you still can’t help but have noticed that it’s blamed for all society’s ills.

Rather than just tell you what I think, why not read it for yourself and make your own decision? If you haven’t yet, I highly suggest reading Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. Watch the movie Fat Head.

But the movie takes two hours and the book is long. So how about some shorter reads, from the following links?  I promise none of them are from sites like Holistic Health Nonsense or any place that promises they can cure your cancer by blasting your plain drinking water with special magic rays. They’re all from real, degree-holding doctors, real, published studies, real medical universities or reputable media (except the one from Mark’s Daily Apple and science writer Cameron English: but both carefully link everything they say with the kind of studies I just mentioned). This doesn’t mean all these things are gospel, any more than the opposite opinions from similarly well-reputed sources are. But all this is the other side of the argument that we in the US almost never get to hear.

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/diets/heart-health-improved-by-high-fat-diet.htm

http://garytaubes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Science-The-soft-science-of-dietary-fat-2.pdf

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/high-fat-diet-healthy-safe/

http://chriskresser.com/the-diet-heart-myth-cholesterol-and-saturated-fat-are-not-the-enemy

http://www.dietdoctor.com/stunning-saturated-fat-and-the-european-paradox

http://www.dietdoctor.com/science

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/42574908/ns/health-heart_health/t/high-fat-binge-could-prevent-heart-attack-damage/

http://www.case.edu/medicus/magazine/winter2012/discoveries/high-fat-diets.html

http://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/heart-disease-theory-an-error-noakes-1.1384290#.UFbPB43ibaB

http://www.drugs.com/clinical_trials/short-term-fat-diet-may-initiate-protection-during-heart-attack-11565.htmlhttp

www.lunduniversity.lu.se/o.o.i.s?id=12683&postid=1720913

A lot of links? Yep. In proportion to the hysteria about fat.

And does this surprise me? It used to. Now that I’ve been thinking about it, studying about it and living it for this long, I feel kind of foolish for ever thinking that something like this:

Chocolate Chip corozonas

was good for my heart.

While the thing God put on this earth for me to eat, the thing I’ve always craved eating:

10201_wpm_lowres

was killing me.

 

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