Tag: saturated fat

Has Low Fat Failed the Test of Time?

| June 14, 2013 | 18 Replies
Has Low Fat Failed the Test of Time?

“The Dietary Guidelines are the cornerstone of federal nutrition policy…” Since 1980, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have recommended a high carbohydrate, anti-fat diet. According to the Secretary of Agriculture, “Our Dietary Guidelines provide a way for the government to speak with one voice on nutrition and promoting […]

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13 ways to improve your health in 2015

| January 16, 2013 | 16 Replies
13 ways to improve your health in 2015

1.  Use butter – especially from pastured cows. Butter is our best daily source of infection-fighting Vitamin A. Margarine has none. Also, use lard from outdoor-living pigs. Lard is our best daily source of infection-fighting Vitamin D. Together fat soluble Vitamins A & D fight infection as they help our bodies absorb minerals. 2. Stop […]

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True or False? – questions about fat

| November 2, 2012 | 3 Replies
True or False? – questions about fat

We’ve been told to remove chicken skin because it is saturated fat? True – that’s what we’ve been told, but chicken fat is 70 percent unsaturated fat! Chicken fat is dominantly monounsaturated oleic acid, the dominant fat in olive oil (and in our bodies). Chicken fat is also our best source of antimicrobial palmitoleic acid, a monounsaturated […]

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Value of Fat – especially saturated fat

| September 17, 2012 | 4 Replies
Value of Fat – especially saturated fat

Even the Paleolithic or Stone Age diet went low fat. Jean Carper’s version of a Stone Age Salad includes “mixed greens, garbanzo beans, and skinless chicken breasts.”2 Not backed by any reference to lipid biochemistry – we’re told to remove skin from the chicken in the mistaken belief that it’s got to be saturated fat. […]

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Then (1950) and Now (2010): What changed, the science or the politics?

| September 13, 2012 | 27 Replies
Then (1950) and Now (2010): What changed, the science or the politics?

In the U.S. in 1950, obesity and diabetes were not public health problems. In 1980, USDA issued the first-ever low fat Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 2010 – the same year that even more stringent anti-fat Dietary Guidelines were reaffirmed – the CDC in Atlanta referred to diabetes as a dangerous “run-away-train.” What happened between […]

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25 Reasons the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are wrong about cholesterol & saturated fat

| August 18, 2012 | 13 Replies
25 Reasons the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are wrong about cholesterol & saturated fat

1. In 1937, Columbia University biochemists David Rittenberg & Rudolph Schoenheimer demonstrated that dietary cholesterol had little or no influence on blood cholesterol. Never refuted, why do the 2010 Dietary Guidelines limit dietary cholesterol to fewer than 300 mg per day? 2. Dietary cholesterol is poorly absorbed – 50 percent at best (Mary Enig, PhD; Michael […]

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The War on Cholesterol and Saturated Fat

| February 7, 2012 | Reply
The War on Cholesterol and Saturated Fat

In the U.S. dietary kingdom, saturated fat is most feared – fingered as the cause of heart disease and stroke. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), they have been warning us away from saturated fat since 1957. In 1961, at the urging of AHA board members Ancel Keys and Jeremiah Stamler, the AHA officially […]

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When you hear the words, “avoid saturated fat,” ask which one?

| February 6, 2012 | Reply
When you hear the words, “avoid saturated fat,” ask which one?

From the days of George and Martha Washington up through the 1940s, our traditional more saturated and monounsaturated fats – tallow, lard, and butter – provided safe, nutritious cooking options and provided diversified income for small mixed family farms, benefitting local communities. Then, beginning in the 20th Century, especially after 1950, the American Heart Association […]

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Saturated Palmitic Acid – the body’s stem fatty acid

| January 31, 2012 | 1 Reply
Saturated Palmitic Acid – the body’s stem fatty acid

“Too much of what has been written or said in textbooks or journals about fats and oils is either incorrect or unacceptably incomplete.”     Dr. Mary Enig, author, Know Your Fats Palmitic Acid (16:0) – the 16 means its a 16 carbon chain; the zero means there are no double bonds. A double bond introduces […]

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