New book in Dutch

Eet vet word slank

Eet vet word slank gepubliceerd januari 2013

In dit boek lees je o.a.: * heel veel informatie ter bevordering van je gezondheid; * hoe je door de juiste vetten te eten en te drinken kan afvallen; * hoe de overheid en de voedingsindustrie ons, uit financieel belang, verkeerd voorlichten; * dat je van bewerkte vetten ziek kan worden.

Trick and Treat:
How 'healthy eating' is making us ill
Trick and Treat cover

"A great book that shatters so many of the nutritional fantasies and fads of the last twenty years. Read it and prolong your life."
Clarissa Dickson Wright

Natural Health & Weight Loss cover

"NH&WL may be the best non-technical book on diet ever written"
Joel Kauffman, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

No evidence that dietary saturated fat is a cause of cardiovascular disease

There are two prime 'healthy eating' mantras that are drummed into us incessantly. The first, that we should eat at least '5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day', was comprehensively refuted by three studies published in 2020-2004. The other piece of dogma is that saturated fat cause heart disease and should form no more than 10% of our calorie intake.

Now a large review of the evidence for this piece of advice finds that this is also unsupported nonsense. In a quote from this study, the authors say:

"Our results suggested publication bias, such that studies with significant associations tended to be received more favorably for publication. If unpublished studies with null associations were included in the current analysis, the pooled RR estimate for CVD could be even closer to null."

Siri-Tarino PW, Sun Q, Hu FB, Krauss RM. Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease. Am J Clin Nutr 2010; First published ahead of print January 13, 2010 as doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2009.27725.

Background: A reduction in dietary saturated fat has generally been thought to improve cardiovascular health.
Objective: The objective of this meta-analysis was to summarize the evidence related to the association of dietary saturated fat with risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and cardiovascular disease (CVD; CHD inclusive of stroke) in prospective epidemiologic studies.
Design: Twenty-one studies identified by searching MEDLINE and EMBASE databases and secondary referencing qualified for inclusion in this study. A random-effects model was used to derive composite relative risk estimates for CHD, stroke, and CVD.
Results: During 5-23 y of follow-up of 347,747 subjects, 11,006 developed CHD or stroke. Intake of saturated fat was not associated with an increased risk of CHD, stroke, or CVD. The pooled relative risk estimates that compared extreme quantiles of saturated fat intake were 1.07 (95% CI: 0.96, 1.19; P = 0.22) for CHD, 0.81 (95% CI: 0.62, 1.05; P = 0.11) for stroke, and 1.00 (95% CI: 0.89, 1.11; P = 0.95) for CVD. Consideration of age, sex, and study quality did not change the results.
Conclusions: A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding tha dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD. More data are needed to elucidate whether CVD risks are likely to be influenced by the specific nutrients used to replace saturated fat.

So, what has been happening for years is that scientists (I really shouldn't legitimise them with such a title) have been knowingly misleading us by only publishing the studies that support their own prejudices - any paper that doesn't agree is not published.

A doctor friend of mine told me "I have learnt that one of the most difficult things to affect is to have someone unlearn something, even when it is demonstrated that what they have learnt, and have believed, is wrong. I base this on my experience over many years with students and residents." The American journalist, Upton Sinclair made a similar comment when he once remarked: 'It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.' It's not that every scientist is greedy, but they do have to make a living.

But getting back to this review, as it could rock many corporate boats, I doubt it will even get a mention in the media outside of websites such as this one as it doesn't toe the party line. But, if it does get a mention, it will be interesting to see what spin the diet police put on it to make it seem that's what they've saying all along.

I also wonder, as I have many times before over the last quarter century, how they have managed to survive for so long already. It really is about time that dictocrats in quangos like the UK's Food Standards Agency, were sacked for incompetence and for the quangos themselves to be closed down. At a time when money is strictly limited for useful purposes, it is a criminal waste for these people to be paid out of our taxes to ruin our health.

As an aside, you may find it interesting that the authors of this review found well over 600 studies purporting to demonstrate that saturated fat was a significant cause of heart disease and strokes. Most were entirely without merit. These days, scientists have to publish or lose funding. So the majority will write any old stuff, merely designed to get their names on works published in prestigious journals. Seeming to have no other raison d'Ítre, they really are a drain on society.

Last updated 14 January 2010

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