4 decades of bad nutrition advice based on ‘settled science’ was contradicted by rigorous study of the time – but it was largely suppressed

American Thinker:

Newly unearthed data from four decades ago contradicted gospel that animal fats are worse than vegetable fats — and was ignored.  All those climate alarmists who proclaim that they “believe in science” fail to understand that science is created by flawed human beings who are susceptible to ignoring findings that don’t confirm their hypotheses.  Or generate future grants for more research in the field.

Today, the “settled science” of nutrition as it stood decades ago is being questioned, in part because Americans have become obese after decades of following federal guidelines that turn out to be poppycock.

In The Scientific American, which is all in on global warming as settled science, renowned science writer Sharon Begley chronicles the rediscovery “in a dusty basement” of a rigorous study from 40 years ago that contradicted the dietary wisdom of the day.

[Christopher] Ramsden, of the National Institutes of Health, unearthed raw data from a 40-year-old study, which challenges the dogma that eating vegetable fats instead of animal fats is good for the heart. The study, the largest gold-standard experiment testing that idea, found the opposite, Ramsden and his colleagues reported on Tuesday in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal).

Despite the quality of the data and study, it went almost completely unnoticed: read more

29 Comments on 4 decades of bad nutrition advice based on ‘settled science’ was contradicted by rigorous study of the time – but it was largely suppressed

  1. I never believed that crap. I followed the idea from
    the ancient Greeks to use “moderation”. (Usually)
    Now “they” find that whole milk, butter and animal
    fats are good, margarine loads your cells full of
    permanent poisons and white heavily processed bread
    turns to sugar/glue and 2 sugar substitute beverages
    a day increase your chance of heart attack/stroke by 50%.
    Also if you’re taking Statins you had better read up on
    what those buggers really do and your doc doesn’t know or won’t tell you.
    Give us a break you fools.

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  2. And how long have we been eating meat with its high fat content compared to plants? Duh.

    I asked my Grandmother when she was about 90, why did she think she lived so long. “It’s all the meat I’ve eaten in my life.”

    She lived to 99+.

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  3. As a cardiologist I have advocated for more meat and fat in the diet. Restriction is stupid. There are zero studies that actually show a link between cholesterol and heart disease. This is much like the climate hoax. But this will fry you, why have we been restricting meat? Because Senator Dukakis wife want it.

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  4. I have a friend who was a Registered Dietician. She left the field because she couldn’t, in good conscience, tout the government spin about nutrition. She bucked the system until she couldn’t do it any longer.

    She also told me that the food pyramid should be upside down. Should be more protein and less carbs.

    And get away from processed foods. Eat your food as close to the way God made it.

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  5. I remember in high school when my physics teacher explained the equation for gravitational pull, which includes the square of the distance in the denominator. He explained that rigorous testing, trial after trial, showed that the exponent was definitely between 1.99 and 2.01, but that it isn’t like math with proofs but is science so is proved by observation. Point being that we can determine the best likelihood, if we are open to being skeptical about everything and including all testing, but if we are selective about testing then we may not end up with the truth.
    And as Anonymous said, there is a lot of money in creating a truth that suits you. A true ‘believer in science’ is always, always open to discussing the data and methods of studies.

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  6. Like Brad said, “if God didn’t want us to eat animals why did he make them out of food?”. I’ve used that a few times to good affect.

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  7. So then how do I get my cholesterol down if I already eat plenty of fatty red meat? Cut the vegetables and carbs? I’ve had high LDL cholesterol for years and they want me on statins, which I haven’t taken, but I’m running out of ideas to lower it. Maybe it’s just hereditary?

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  8. Cut out all carbs and ALL sugar. They are saying and backing it with studies that cholesterol is actually necessary food. Carbs which is sugar raises your insulin and that is the killer.

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  9. High insulin causes the protective tiny hairs that line your arteries to die temporarily and that causes the lining of the arteries to get damaged. Then with those tears in the arteries the cholesterol sticks to them.

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  10. A good series about the cholesterol scam can be found on you tube, called Heart of the Matter. It is a doc put together in Australia then banned by the government.

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  11. Gary Taubes & some others ha been writing for years about the suppressed dietary studies that did not support the low fat lipid hypothesis, which lead to the US FDA food pyramid and it’s inversion of what we ought to eat.

    But hey, the USA had not long before won WW2. The UK was a shell of it’s former empire and no one was willing to listen to anything German researchers had to say. (and they had extended research into the Banting diet, along with the French since its start in the 1860s. See William Banting’s ” Letter on Corpulence”)

    See “Live Long Eat Rich” by Ivor Cummins & Jeffery Gerber and Timothy Noakes’ “Lore of Nutrition”.

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  12. Grandpa : What the… what the hell is this?

    John : That’s lite beer.

    Grandpa : Gee, I weigh ninety goddamn pounds, and you bring me this sloppin’ foam?

    John : Ariel’s got me on a diet because the doc said my cholestorol’s a little too high.

    Grandpa : Well let me tell you something now, Johnny. Last Thursday, I turned 95 years old. And I never exercised a day in my life. Every morning, I wake up, and I smoke a cigarette. And then I eat five strips of bacon. And for lunch, I eat a bacon sandwich. And for a midday snack?

    John : Bacon.

    Grandpa : Bacon! A whole damn plate! And I usually drink my dinner. Now according to all of them flat-belly experts, I should’ve took a dirt nap like thirty years ago. But each year comes and goes, and I’m still here. Ha! And they keep dyin’. You know? Sometimes I wonder if God forgot about me. Just goes to show you, huh?

    John : What?

    Grandpa : Huh?

    John : Goes to show you what?

    Grandpa : Well it just goes… what the hell are you talkin’ about?

    John : Well you said you drink beer, you eat bacon and you smoke cigarettes, and you outlive most of the experts.

    Grandpa : Yeah?

    John : I thought maybe there was a moral.

    Grandpa : No, there ain’t no moral. I just like that story. That’s all. Like that story.

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  13. Ecp,
    Why do you need to lower your cholesterol? Try this, go to the American Heart Ass. web site. Pull up the risk calculator put your stats in, then put all your stats in another calculation except this time put in an ideal cholesterol. Compare the results. Most people will have only a single digit change.

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  14. Read Gary Taubes for thorough research and enlightenment. Low fat diets leave me hungry and irritable. I try and eat real food and that includes meat, butter, etc. I avoid refined carbs and sugar. Cholesterol has never been over 180 with ‘good’ cholesterol at 85 and triglycerides at 38. Bring on the Bacon, red meat and butter.

    http://garytaubes.com/

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  15. When I was a child we always had actual butter, but I don’t know if my mother was choosing to ignore the margarine scam or if she even knew anything about it. To be honest I never heard anything about it is a kid. I do confess to a love for bread, which I now have really restricted in my diet (and I can tell the difference in how I feel – way less stiff when waking, for example).

    I’ve never had high cholesterol and my BP has always been at a good rate, and sometimes I wonder if it’s because I ate garlic and onions all my life (or at least that is part of it)? My mom wasn’t a chef of the order in which a child remembers hardcore homemade approach, etc., but I do think she did mostly everything homemade – she didn’t buy many nukable items. She did use canned soup (which I’ve tried to move away from), but never brought home items such as Chef Boy Ardee or Vienna Sausage – they were just so easy for her to make herself. I also ate a ton of tuna as a kid, I loved it and never heard once in childhood about the danger of eating a lot of it – not until I was an adult.

    Funny thing is my mom was a nurse and she didn’t carry on about nutrition – and in fact my father taught her how to cook (and my brother later became a chef). I really don’t know if they both just had good instincts or they paid attention or what. We never really heard anything about all this stuff (perhaps with some exception I don’t recall at this moment?)

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  16. My last cholesterol showed my level at 151, and the witch doctor didnt know I had a copy of the blood work at my computer while he was listing all the foods wi should avoid and telling me i needed to start statins.
    He was more disturbed that I run a 9 minute mile, and do not take any medications at 54 years old. He spent more time trying to find out why i wasnt on anything than he spent on the rest of the physical.
    I can eat anything in moderation, and not feel guilty, I also can still wear the jeans i owned when dating my wife, and we are at 27 years now.
    Food pyramid is not nutrition, it is livestock management. ” To Serve Man”

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  17. My last cholesterol showed my level at 151, and tbe witch doctor didnt know i had a copy of the blood work at my computer while he was listing all the foods I should avoid and telling me i needed to start statins.
    He was more disturbed that I run a 9 minute mile, and do not take any medications. He spent more time trying to find out why Iwasnt on anything than he spent on the rest of the physical.
    I can eat anything in moderation, and not feel guilty, I also can still wear the jeans I owned when dating my wife, and we are at 27 years now.
    Food pyramid is not nutrition, it is livestock management. ” To Serve Man”

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  18. Milo,
    Why do you go to a doctor? When I was in practice I had my patients but a urine test kit on Amazon, a blood pressure cuff, and a weight scale. Then let me know if there were any problems. Had fewer deaths, fewer hospital and doctor induced illnesses, less expense for patients.

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  19. I have to keep my DOT card current fir my CDL, and get a full physical at the same time.
    I dont spend any more time or money with tbe medical field than i need to.

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