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Eating fat is good for you: Doctors change their minds after 40 years

Eating fat is good for you: Doctors change their minds after 40 years

November 7, 2013 - Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra says the obsession with a low-fat diet has "paradoxically increased" the risk of heart disease.

Other experts have added their voices to his controversial call to end 40 years of advice to cut saturated fat - which has been described as "the greatest medical error of our time".

They claim the guidance has left millions of people at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and "led to the over-medication of millions of people with statins".

The public could just as effectively protect themselves by eating "real" food such as butter, milk and cheese and adopting the Mediterranean diet.

Dr Malhotra, an interventional cardiology specialist registrar at Croydon University Hospital, London, slammed the routine prescriptions of statins and claimed a diet high in saturated fats could be three times more effective at lowering cholesterol.

Writing on, he said a preoccupation with levels of total cholesterol "has diverted our attention" from the worse risks of a condition known as atherogenic dyslipidaemia, which is an unfavourable ratio of blood fats.

He said saturated fat has been demonised since the 1970s when a landmark study found a link between coronary heart disease and total cholesterol, which correlated with the percentage of calories provided by saturated fat.

He said: "But correlation is not causation. Nevertheless, we were advised to cut fat intake to 30 per cent of total energy and a fall in saturated fat to 10 per cent."

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  • properREDeye#online

    properREDeye wrote November 9, 2013 3:03:02 PM CET

    Why would it be healthy and normal for every other omnivorous mammal to consume fat but not us?! It is all about proportion and energy requirements and if it is only now doctors are realising that trying to remove fat from diets is bad then maybe we need to consider what else may be awry in the community. For example we could consider that the speed of light which is thought of as a constant has a measurable variation, which has big repercussions throughout science. Or another example is how Dr. Otto Warburg was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for revealing that cancer can only form in an acidic environment and if coaxed to return to an alkaline state the disease remises, yet in over 80 years no official treatment has been created using this premise. Instead we poison the patient with radiation to the verge of killing every cell in their body, then cry about a high mortality rate. No wonder most Radiotherapists and their families say they would not take the treatment

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