So, a happy special day to all you mothers out there. None of us would be here without you.
Just a brief note before heading off to visit my own mom and family, and what better gift to you all than to let you know that the decades long scam to implicate saturated fat and cholesterol -- such that drug companies can make big bucks selling you drugs to combat nature, multi-national BigAgra can make big bucks growing and selling unnatural, crap commodities, and processed "food" giants can make big bucks manufacturing and selling crap-in-a-box, calling it wholesome and healthy -- maybe just might be coming to an end.
Now, even someone as mainstream as Dr. Andrew Weil is singing a different tune.
You're correct that my thinking on saturated fat has evolved. One catalyst was a scientific analysis of 21 earlier studies, which showed "no significant evidence" that saturated fat in the diet is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. The 21 studies analyzed included nearly 348,000 participants, most of whom were healthy when they were enrolled. They were followed for five to 23 years, during which 11,000 developed heart disease or had a stroke. Looking back at the dietary information collected from these thousands of participants, the investigators found no difference in the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, or coronary vascular disease between those individuals with the lowest and highest intakes of saturated fat. This goes completely against the conventional medical wisdom of the past 40 years. It now appears that many studies used to support the low-fat recommendation had serious flaws.
Yea, and who has been saying that forever? Lots of us lowly bloggers, that's who. The article isn't perfect, as you'll see toward the end of it, but I hate to bash a serious step in the right direction, so I'll just leave it at that.
The next article is the sort of thing I'm seeing more and more, chipping away at the cholesterol con bit by bit. In ScienceDaily: 'Bad' Cholesterol Not as Bad as People Think, Study Shows.
The so-called "bad cholesterol" -- low-density lipoprotein commonly called LDL -- may not be so bad after all, shows a Texas A&M University study that casts new light on the cholesterol debate, particularly among adults who exercise.
Steve Riechman, a researcher in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, says the study reveals that LDL is not the evil Darth Vader of health it has been made out to be in recent years and that new attitudes need to be adopted in regards to the substance. His work, with help from colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh, Kent State University, the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, is published in the Journal of Gerontology.
Riechman and colleagues examined 52 adults from ages to 60 to 69 who were in generally good health but not physically active, and none of them were participating in a training program. The study showed that after fairly vigorous workouts, participants who had gained the most muscle mass also had the highest levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, "a very unexpected result and one that surprised us." ...
"LDL serves a very useful purpose. It acts as a warning sign that something is wrong and it signals the body to these warning signs. It does its job the way it is supposed to.
"People often say, 'I want to get rid of all my bad (LDL) cholesterol,' but the fact is, if you did so, you would die," the Texas A&M professor adds. "Everyone needs a certain amount of both LDL and HDL in their bodies. We need to change this idea of LDL always being the evil thing -- we all need it, and we need it to do its job."
It doesn't surprise me and it shouldn't surprise you. The notion that LDL is in any way a problem is rather like concluding that police are the cause of crime, since they always seem to show up at the scene. No, what's happening is that other dietary factors, such as replacing saturated fats and cholesterol laden foods with "fortified" crap-in-a-box, jacks up inflammatory factors and the LDL is simply there to repair the damage. The additional problem is that the damage is so chronic that LDL sits around too long, becoming oxidized.
So there, mothers. Have your sons & daughters treat you to a nice big steak, chock full of saturated fat and cholesterol. Resolve to stop starving yourself on rabbit food and eat luxuriously and healthfully, just as nature intended.