The dubious science behind the anti-fat crusade

May 3, 2014

Nina Teicholz, for The Wall Street Journal:

Too much whole-grain oatmeal for breakfast and whole-grain pasta for dinner, with fruit snacks in between, add up to a less healthy diet than one of eggs and bacon, followed by fish. The reality is that fat doesn’t make you fat or diabetic. Scientific investigations going back to the 1950s suggest that actually, carbs do.


It is also fair to say that the food industry has simply been responding to the dietary guidelines issued by the AHA and USDA, which have encouraged high-carbohydrate diets and until quite recently said next to nothing about the need to limit sugar.

Indeed, up until 1999, the AHA was still advising Americans to reach for “soft drinks,” and in 2001, the group was still recommending snacks of “gum-drops” and “hard candies made primarily with sugar” to avoid fatty foods.

Read the entire article (with an open mind.) It’s not only refreshing to see information like this finally coming through big media, but also to see authors back up their claims with facts and explanations and not just blanket statements. “Artery clogging” is so 20th century. Pass the bacon.