It would appear that the received wisdom about hearthealthywholegrains is finally dying the ignominious death it so thoroughly deserves:
For decades they have been blacklisted as foods to avoid, the cause of deadly thickening of the arteries, heart disease and strokes.
But the science which warned us off eating eggs – along with other high-cholesterol foods such as butter, shellfish, bacon and liver – could have been flawed, a key report in the US has found.
Foods high in cholesterol have been branded a danger to human health since the 1970s – a warning that has long divided the medical establishment.
A growing number of experts have been arguing there is no link between high cholesterol in food and dangerous levels of the fatty substance in the blood. [Didact: There isn’t one. The latest theories on heart disease have everything to do with inflammation of the arterial walls, and very little to do with cholesterol other than as a repair mechanism for that same inflammation.]
Now, in a move signalling a dramatic change of stance on the issue, the US government is to accept advice to drop cholesterol from its list of ‘nutrients of concern’.
The US Department of Agriculture panel, which has been given the task of overhauling the guidelines every five years, has indicated it will bow to new research undermining the role dietary cholesterol plays in people’s heart health.
Its Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee plans to no longer warn people to avoid eggs, shellfish and other cholesterol-laden foods.
The U-turn, based on a report by the committee, will undo almost 40 years of public health warnings about eating food laden with cholesterol. US cardiologist Dr Steven Nissen, of the Cleveland Clinic, said: ‘It’s the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They’ve been wrong for decades.’
Doctors are now shifting away from warnings about cholesterol and saturated fat and focusing concern on sugar as the biggest dietary threat.
The Daily Mail’s GP Martin Scurr predicts that advice will change here in the UK too.
He said last night: ‘I think we’re at a tipping point where cholesterol is concerned. There have been a lot of vested interests in people talking about cholesterol because it’s easy to convey to the public that fatty foods like butter, cheese and red meat are furring up their arteries. In fact there are many other risk factors involved but somehow we’ve become obsessed with cholesterol.’
London-based cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, science director of campaign group Action On Sugar, wrote in the British Medical Journal that it was time to ‘bust the myth of the role of saturated fat in heart disease’.
He added that the food industry had effectively contributed to heart disease by lowering saturated fat levels in food and replacing it with sugar.
Matt Ridley, a Tory peer and science author, yesterday said there should be an inquiry ‘into how the medical and scientific profession made such an epic blunder’. [Didact: Well that’s really easy. Scientists and their research went where the government’s money was.]
Well, it’s about time that science caught up with what those of us who listened to our grandmothers have known for years and redesigned the food pyramid so that it starts with the real four basic food groups- beef, bacon, whiskey, and lard.
|This tests my belief that there is no such thing as TOO MUCH BACON to the very limit…|
In all seriousness, though- consider just how much damage the government food pyramid has done to our health, our physiques, our very mental well-being by promoting the nonsensical low-cholesterol, high-carb diet that the ubiquitous Food Pyramid has been promoting for the last 40 years.
|For some reason, Kate Upton shows up in the image search results for “Americans have gotten really fat”. Make of that what you will.|
The reality of cholesterol is very different from the evil, artery-clogging substance that the US government has wanted you to believe it to be for the last two generations.
In fact, every single cell in your body has the ability to produce cholesterol. It is an absolutely essential chemical compound in your body. Your brain runs on the stuff. If you starve your body of it, or try to reduce it through powerful drugs such as statins, you risk throwing your own body’s carefully evolved and calibrated mechanisms for self-repair, recovery, and defence out the window.
So why did this anti-scientific fraud persist for so long? Even though there were hundreds if not thousands of scientists worldwide- many of them of considerable renown in their chosen fields- and multi-decade studies arguing against it?
Well, for that, you have to go back to the work of one Senator George McGovern and his US Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, which set the precedents for the later Dietary Guidelines for Americans, issued by the Centre for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. The very same Centre, by the way, which just disavowed cholesterol as a “problem substance”.
Sen. McGovern’s abiding conviction was that fat and cholesterol were the causes of the growing rates of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions which were emerging at the time. And he used his Select Committee to make that point of view– which was contentious at the time and has remained so ever since- official government policy.
Given that this is the same Sen. McGovern who discovered, to his utter shock, that running a business is not quite as simple as his Leftist ideology would have liked him to believe, perhaps it’s fair to argue that maybe he and his Senate staffers were just a little overzealous and jumped to conclusions a wee bit too early.
The good news from all of this- aside from the fact that it means that eggs, meat, and high-fat dairy have now been confirmed as being rather good for you- is that yet another unscientific, unsupported fraud has now been cast upon the ash-heap of history. It won’t be too much longer before another unscientific, heavily government-funded, utterly absurd and unsustainable fraud joins it upon history’s funeral pyre for stupid ideas.
Yes, that’s right- it won’t be more than another ten years, in my opinion, before the US government will finally be forced to abandon its long-held view that humans are causing the world’s climate to change.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go celebrate this momentous occasion by devouring a large skirt steak… oh, wait, I did that already anyway.
Well, never mind- there’s always chocolate-covered bacon for desert…