PSA on Saturated Fat: Maybe We Were Too Hasty

Saturated fat has been demonized since the early 70s, but increasing numbers of cardiologists and dieticians are questioning the wisdom of that move. Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiology specialist, says evidence shows that reducing saturated fat intake “has paradoxically increased our cardiovascular risks.” Further, the obsession with total cholesterol levels “has led to the overmedication of millions of people with statins and has diverted our attention from the more egregious risk factor of atherogenic dyslipidemia [unfavorable blood fats].”

A recent JAMA study shows that a “low fat” diet decreased energy expenditure, encouraged unhealthy lipids, and increased insulin resistance when compared to a low carb and low glycemic index diet. Sugar is a much bigger culprit than fat ever was.