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September 22, 2014 Puzzle Piece Who is the Villain, Saturated Fats or Sugars?

September 22, 2014 Puzzle Piece  


Who is the Villain, Saturated Fats or Sugars?


A Quote from Mark Hyman MD,

"Even today, as new studies emerge showing saturated fat does not cause heart disease, you'll occasionally find a misguided journalist incorrectly lump it with trans fat or use "artery clogging" to describe saturated fat.

The tiding is slowly changing. One recent meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded "current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats."

Other researchers ask we reconsider stigmatizing saturated fat.

"The adverse health effects that have been associated with saturated fats in the past are most likely due to factors other than SFAs [saturated fatty acids]," writes Glen D. Lawrence in a 2013 Advances in Nutrition review, who then asks "for a rational reevaluation of existing dietary recommendations that focus on minimizing dietary SFAs, for which mechanisms for adverse health effects are lacking."

The question becomes, why did saturated fat ever develop a bad reputation that it needs to be vindicated today? We have a very influential researcher named Ancel Keys to thank for that.
In 1955 at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Keys offered what became known as his lipid hypothesis, which claimed dietary fat raised cholesterol, subsequently increasing heart disease.
Initially, Keys targeted dietary fat as the culprit, but over time, he modified his argument to point the finger solely at saturated fat. Whereas unsaturated fat in vegetable oils could benefit health, he claimed, saturated fats create adverse affects.

The American Heart Association quickly embraced Keys's hypothesis, warning that butter, eggs, meat, and other saturated fat-rich foods contributed to heart disease and emphasizing a low-fat diet to prevent heart disease.

Eventually, Keys presented his Seven Countries Study, which argued countries where people ate more fat-particularly saturated fat-had more cases of heart disease.

Why Saturated Fat Is Not the Enemy

"Saturated fat has been demonized ever since Ancel Keys's landmark 'seven countries' study in 1970," writes Aseem Malhotra in a British Medical Journal review appropriately called "Saturated fat is not the major issue."


It seems Key's did what has been done in many studies, yielding inaccurate conclusions.  That is, only look at the evidence that points to your predetermined conclusion.  The countries that ate the most saturated fat also ate the most sugar and refined carbohydrates.  He failed to factor in the sugar intake in his equation.

It is amazing how many myths we have followed that have taken us down a path of dis-ease causing actions.  This is a good example of how ignoring high sugar intake, eliminating or reducing healthy fats and adding pro inflammatory vegetables and trans-fats such as margarine have had a negative impact on our helath.

Some fats do raise cholesterol and at the same time raise HDL cholesterol.  HDL is called the good cholesterol because it carries fats from the arteries to the liver to be burned as fuel.  The VLDL's are the most concerning since they carry fats toward the arteries and away from the liver.  Sugar lowers HDL and increases triglycerides.  The ratio of HDL to the other values is far more important than total cholesterol.

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The quality of fats and the type of sugars does make a difference.  A fast food burger is not the same as grass feed beef.  Fortunately we have family that raises grass feed beef and is a staple in our diet.  Grass fed beef is lower in saturated fat than grain-fed beef, by an average of 40 to 50 percent.
Grass-fed beef contains more stearic acid, which is a saturated fat that doesn't increase cholesterol. Grass-fed beef contains lower amounts of palmitic acid and myristic acid, two saturated fats, which have been shown in to raise cholesterol overall.

The type of fats we eat is of most importance.  Dr Perlmutter speaks often about coconut oil for health and wellness promoted by this saturated fat.  The saturated fat from extra virgin coconut oil has been shown to increase mitochondrial resuscitation and therefore increases energy.

Let's take a look at the real enemy as sugar and especially high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and other sugars man has created.  The calculation is the each child eats thirty-four teaspoons of sugar each day.  Most of our sweeteners in drinks and fast foods come from HFCS.  The statistics tell us we went from 10 pounds of sugar per person in the 1800s to 150 pounds today.  When a new non-food (that we pretend is food), such as HFCS and new chemicals are introduced into our internal environment, the body is not prepared to process or eliminate it.  This greatly adds to our body burden and yields dysfunction.

Our forefathers lived on meat, eggs, butter and even lard with a much less rate of heart disease.  It is since the increase of sugars, we have increased our heart and blood vascular disease.  JAMA  Internal Medicine published sugar intake had a four-fold increase risk of heart attacks compared to people that had the lowest sugar intake.

One reason stated for these bad statistics is sugar contributes to inflammation, which by many researchers is considered to be the root of most diseases, including heart disease.  We already pointed out sugar intake raises triglycerides, lowers the good HDL cholesterol, and raises the bad small LDL and very small and bad VLDL cholesterol.

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I hope this article gives you added insights into fats, sugars, cholesterol, cardiovascular  health and proper function.




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