"Your brain's worst enemy,"
says Dr. Cate Shanahan of processed vegetable oils like corn, soy, and canola.
NOT real food.
In case you missed any of these newsworthy stories, here is a wrap on the best real-food-more-fat headlines last month.
- Prominent Canadian cardiologist, Dr. Yusuf, President of the World Heart Federation, delivered a breakout lecture, presenting new PURE study findings on the connection between diet and heart disease. Excellent summary here. Yusuf asserts saturated fat consumption is neutral to protective, high carbohydrate intake is bad for heart health, salt intake guidance is far too low, and vegetables are not really that important. Mic drop.
- Exactly what are Americans eating? USDA released a report on the food available to Americans, and how it has changed since 1970. A big deal, as this data is only issued every 10 years. Get the CliffsNotes version in this short post from Nina Teicholz. But basically, as instructed by our dietary guidelines, we are eating more fruits and vegetables, more grains, more lean meat (chicken), more fish/seafood, more low-fat dairy, and way more vegetable oil. And we are eating less red meat, fewer eggs, and less animal fat (butter and lard). And it is NOT WORKING. (Obviously.) We are eating far too much refined grains and oils—they are in everything processed... Again, not real food.
- The Washington Times reports on a BMJ review of data from a long buried study that shows removing butter and replacing it with vegetable oil increases death rates.
- Should low-carb diets be widely recommended for diabetes management? A UK literature review finds in favor of low-carb and states, "It is possible that the current [low-fat] dietary advice [for diabetic patients] may actually accelerate beta cell exhaustion with elevated blood glucose diminishing the islet cells ability to produce insulin." Separately, a small RCT of patients with T2 diabetes shows strong results for online low-carb intervention.
- The international debate over grain-heavy and vegetable oil-centric dietary guidelines rages on in the prominent journal The Lancet. An excellent post by the always thoughtful Professor Schofield takes on the scientists who continue to support the failing status quo. Teicholz weighs in and slays, asserting that the body of evidence to support replacing saturated fat with vegetable oil that mainstream authors refer to "does not exist."
From the ETB archives... a favorite post about why wheat flour and vegetable oils are part of the problem, not the solution.
About a third of American adults have Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). Big Pharma targets this juicy market with expensive, ineffective drugs. But scientific research tells us that the cure is simple: DON'T EAT SUGAR.
Cancer doc Colin Champ explains why "eat less, exercise more" is bad advice for cancer patients.
Manhattan celebrity chef Seamus Mullen eats his way back to health with a very low-carb ketogenic diet.
Obesity emerges among Siberian indigenous folk as they transition from venison and fish to processed carbs (noodles and sweet treats).
From the ETB Wall of Shame:
- Coke 'supports' World Health Organization's sugar guidelines... while a 20oz Coke contains entire day's suggested limit??? Corporate doublespeak.
- Wisconsin bans Kerrygold butter. Because it's Irish. Time for a butter road trip.
- A bacon shortage? False alarm.
- Food giant Nestlé USA snuggles into new DC headquarters to improve access to lawmakers and regulators.
- Government agencies hijack the 'independent review' of the dietary guidelines mandated by Congress.
Finally, some fun with BUTTER...
Backup butter. Lemon curry butter. Coffee butter (yuck—sweetened and processed—try butter coffee instead!) Butter, delivered. Parsing butters. Why eat packets of butter?
The Moms @ Eat the Butter