Advice for keeping to a low-fat diet also played directly into food companies’ sweet spot of biscuits, cereals and confectionery; when people eat less fat, they are hungry for something else. Indeed, as recently as 1995 the AHA itself recommended snacks of “low-fat cookies, low-fat crackers…hard candy, gum drops, sugar, syrup, honey” and other carbohydrate-laden foods. Americans consumed nearly 25% more carbohydrates in 2000 than they had in 1971.
Yet even now, with more attention devoted to the dangers posed by sugar, saturated fat remains maligned. “It seems now that what sustains it,” argues Ms Teicholz, “is not so much science as generations of bias and habit.”
The article is in essence a summary of Nina Teicholz’s new book The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet (which I have added to my Amazon Wish List for Kindle Books. Hint hint.) It’s got some solid information though, and—I keep saying this—I’m just glad to see large publications finally talking about this stuff.