Where Dietary-Fat Guidelines Went Wrong

From the Department of ‘We Got That Memo Already’


A little fat may not be harmful, while too much of it can be unhealthy, and even fatal. But in the latest review of studies that investigated the link between dietary fat and causes of death, researchers say the guidelines got it all wrong. In fact, recommendations to reduce the amount of fat we eat every day should never have been made.

Reporting in the journalOpenHeart, Zoe Harcombe, a researcher and Ph.D. candidate at University of the West of Scotland, and her colleagues say that the data decisionmakers had in 1977, when the first U.S. guidelines on dietary fat were made, did not provide any support for the idea that eating less fat would translate to fewer cases of heart disease, or that it would save lives.

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“The bottom line is that there wasn’t evidence for those guidelines to be introduced,” she says. “One of the…

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[VIDEO] Macro Photography: ‘This is Sugar’

The Department of Awesome Macro Photography invites you to play a game where we watch “Amazing Worlds Within Our World,” a stunning video of incredibly clear, beautifully lit and close-up macro photos shot by Pyanek, and try to guess what each object or substance is before the video reveals the answer. It’s harder than you might think, but that just means that each answer provides you with a fresh moment of wide-eyed amazement. The larger you’re able to view this video, the more astonished you’ll be….(more)

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Too Sweet: Experts suggest cutting sugar intake by half

I normally question official expert recommendations about food consumption, since health expert advice has often been notoriously misguided (the infamous food pyramid, which promoted unhealthy amounts of wheat, grains, carbohydrates, and erroneously demonized fats and oils, for example) but here’s one I’m inclined to agree with. Sugar consumption is something to pay attention to. So much is consumed mindlessly. Compared to our most recent ancestors, the easy abundance of it is problematic. Deducting half is not extreme. A realistic measure that could have proven benefits.

This is something that got my attention a while back: the amount of refined sugar the average American consumed annually in 1900, compared to the amount of sugar consumed per person by the end of the 20th century, is pretty drastic. Though I’m unsure of the exact figure, it’s exploded, multiplied from about one pound per year, per person, to 10-20 pounds per year, per person. How would that affect the health of a population?

From Mail Online:

Touching the limit: A single Mars bar contains five teaspoons of sugar

Touching the limit: A single Mars bar contains five teaspoons of sugar

Adults could be advised to halve the amount of sugar in their diets under new guidelines from the World Health Organisation.

Experts are considering lowering the recommended limit of ten teaspoons a day to just five over fears that it is contributing to heart disease, obesity and tooth decay.

Food companies may have to change their products to lower the sugar content, which would be hugely expensive and could prove unpopular with some consumers.

A single can of cola contains ten teaspoons of sugar, a Mars bar has five, a bowl of Coco Pops has about four and there are eight in some ready meals…

 More – via Mail Online

FAIL: Obesity up 25 percent in NYC, Bloomberg’s Nannytown Misadventure Exposed as Failure

Mayor Bloomberg discusses sugary drinks at a 2012 press conference.

Mayor Bloomberg discusses sugary drinks at a 2012 press conference.

Reduce the obesity rate in New York City? Fat chance!

More New Yorkers than ever are living large, despite Nanny Bloomberg’s war on sugary drinks and fast foods, statistics obtained by The Post reveal.

The city’s obesity rate among adults has skyrocketed 25 percent since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2002, city Health Department figures show.

That year, nearly one in five New Yorkers was considered obese. Now almost one in four is. Read the rest of this entry »