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Myth Busted: Saturated Fats Aren't Bad For Your Health

The science behind low-fat diets has long since been debunked but the damage caused by this flawed dietary research remains. It will take years to undo the damage caused by a food pyramid that once recommended hearty portions grains and carbs. To emphasize the past failings of nutritional science, a Hindustan Times article argues that saturated fats, once roundly vilified, can be effectively incorporated into a healthy diet.

The attacks on saturated fats can be traced back to the 1950s and the notorious Seven Countries Study. Ancel Keys, Ph. D., was responsible for this irresponsible dreck. He selectively analyzed only seven specific countries to prove his correlation rather than all of the data available. If all 22 countries had been analyzed, there would have been no correlation found whatsoever.

Whatever his motivations for suppressing information that would have disproved his hypothesis, the fallout from Ancel Keys’ flawed study is still visible today in the form of increased obesity rates, heart disease and rampant diabetes. The knowledge about the benefits of healthy fats has gained considerable traction but has yet to completely displace the outmoded fat-phobic model first championed over 60 years ago.

If you are looking for either a quick synopsis or a detailed breakdown of cutting edge dietary science, the best place to turn is to my nutrition plan. It lays bare the flawed reasoning behind conventional nutritional wisdom and recommends 50 to 75 percent of your daily caloric intake should be in the form of healthy fats. It provides actionable information that can be quickly referenced by beginners and a detail oriented structure that can help even the most conscientious gastronome take control of their health.
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