Oh good grief, here we go again:
Saturated fats in yoghurt, cheese and butter do NOT increase the risk of heart disease — and may actually prevent a stroke
Eating full-fat dairy actually reduces the risk of dying from stroke by 42 percent, a study found.
Lead author Dr Marcia Otto, from the University of Texas, Houston, said: ‘Our findings not only support, but also significantly strengthen, the growing body of evidence which suggests that dairy fat, contrary to popular belief, does not increase risk of heart disease or overall mortality in older adults.
‘In addition to not contributing to death, the results suggest that one fatty acid present in dairy may lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, particularly from stroke.’
Dietary guidelines in the US and UK recommend people people opt for low or no-fat dairy, however, the researchers warn such options are often high in sugar, which can drive heart disease.
Milk, yoghurt and cheese contain nutrients such as calcium, which lowers blood pressure, as well as anti-inflammatory fatty acids.
And next week, the same group of researchers will say Oops! that’s not strictly true, and all those tasty foods actually lead to brain cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
The war against saturated fats was total bullshit from the start, was based on distorted and in many cases untrue data, and the whole “no-fat / low-fat” campaign was akin to heeding the advice of a guy wearing a wizard’s hat.
A pox on all of them. Eat what you want, in moderation. It’s gluttony that kills — hell, drinking too much water is deadly — so go out there and live your life the way you want, not the way some busybody doctors or (even worse) government flunkies want you to.
I like Michael Pollan’s rules. First, eat food, but in moderation. Second, if it has more than six ingredients, it probably isn’t food. Third, if your grandmother couldn’t figure out the ingredients (of the sliced, diced and recombinant variety) then it probably isn’t food. (Granny – “texturized soy protein … don’t they make fertilizer bombs out of that stuff?”)
Not a purist though – I loves the preservatives that keep spoilage at bay.
I eat full fat dairy – no sugar or reduced sugar. My wife buys low fat cheese – stretchy, rubbery stuff. No thanks. Same attitude towards other adulterated products – who thought peanut butter needed sugar? Reese’s Cups meet my MDR for that combo.
The problem is lack of exercise. The best exercise is thrashing a smelly leftist hippie. Be sure to deliver punches with both hands, kicks with both feet.
It’s like the old joke about the weather;
Don’t like the dietary advice you’re getting? Wait five years.
And while we’re at it, I have a bone to pick with the hysterics who lose it over the ‘obesity epidemic’
Ok, people are getting fatter. That’s a problem, maybe. But before we start funding programs and passing laws, could we set aside a week to celebrate the apparent fact that the primary dietary problem of our poor is that they are too fat? That hasn’t happened much….
Evangelistic food faddies are victims of the human urge to be high priests of a religion.
We should remind them that new religions are most successful if their founders are publicly killed in some interesting, horrible and painful fashion.
Any suggestions? Take those who want to super-tax soft drinks and boil them in coca cola?
“drinking too much water is deadly”
A few years ago, a woman runner in the Chicago died from overhydration. She became dizzy, and well-meaning volunteers kept giving her water to drink. (A real tragedy – she was a wife and mother of two young children.)
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