Saturated Fat

No, American Heart Association, butter, steak, and coconut oil won’t kill you.

I consider this reckless disregard for the truth. Any lawyers out there who can tell me why they wouldn’t be subject to massive class action?

Related: Moving on from “Let’s Move”:

In 2010, Michelle Obama kicked off the “Let’s Move” campaign to help combat childhood obesity. This well-intentioned effort drew national attention to a serious topic that needed to be addressed.

Sadly, I knew the campaign was doomed to fail; because failure is easy to spot when you wage war against the wrong enemy.

Exercise and healthy eating were central themes of her effort. I am the first to admit that exercise is vital to maintaining overall health, considering that I made my living as a personal trainer. But as I explain to all of my clients, exercise is a lousy way to lose weight, in spite of its many benefits.

Every week, I interview doctors, scientists, and researchers who are on the front lines of combating obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and other metabolic syndrome conditions.

The fact is our diet is almost exclusively to blame for these issues. For years, we have been focusing on the wrong enemy, as healthcare professionals, encouraged by the federal government, told us that fat in our diet was the root cause of these diseases. The so-called ‘experts’, aided by activist front groups, demonized saturated fat, and advised us to eat ‘heart-healthy’ grains and lean proteins. It turns out that this was exactly the wrong strategy.

Yes. And yet they continue to recommend it, and commit massive physical child abuse in Michelle’s school-lunch program.

10 comments on this post.
  1. Icepilot:

    I disagree with Mr. Tortorich.
    Eating the ‘right’ foods will solve nothing if consumed in similar quantities. Having lost 65 lbs over the last two years (at the same age), I say wilh confidence – exercise is everything. Do it every day & 95% of your diet, plumbing & self-regard problems will disappear.

  2. Rand Simberg:

    Eating the ‘right’ foods will solve nothing if consumed in similar quantities.

    If you’re eating the right foods, they cannot be consumed in similar quantities. I get full very quickly eating meat and leaves.

  3. Icepilot:

    Can’t swear to it, but I believe that Americans eat as much if not more meat per capita, than any country in the world. So does the ‘bad’ food counter the anti-too-much-consumption qualities of the ‘good’ food? Or does the ‘good’ food’s anti-too-much-consumption qualities only apply to more ‘good’ food? 😉

  4. Rand Simberg:

    The issue isn’t eating enough or too much meat, but eating too many processed carbohydrates, generally grain based.

  5. George Turner:

    I saw a finding yesterday that drinking sugary drinks with meat changed how we process it and makes us store more as fat. This seemed to be based on measuring something (which is not a given in nutrition studies).

    It would be rather interesting if you couldn’t just count up the extra calories in that large Coke, that it instead has a multiplier effect on the calories in the Big Mac.

    However, I’d be hesitant to stand by the research because prior research to find out how fast different foods spike blood sugar found that they couldn’t predict anything. Some people spike after meats, some people spike after carbs, some people spike after sugars, as if they had entirely different gut flora and metabolic responses. That article was amusing because its conclusion would throw whole idea of generalized dietary advice right out the window.

  6. Edward M. Grant:

    Yes. One benefit of eating fewer carbs is that I don’t get hungry again so quickly. I presume it’s because fat and protein take longer to digest?

  7. Rand Simberg:

    May be, but I think it’s also because you become satiated from fat more quickly, and stop eating sooner.

  8. FC:

    And ingestion of carbohydrates suppresses fat oxidation and ketogenesis.

  9. George Turner:

    I’m of the opinion that wiping out our gut bugs with antibiotics is the root of the problem, and preservatives probably cause trouble too, because if a preservative inhibits bacterial growth on the shelf, it probably inhibits bacteria in your intestines, too.

    So the most important tip might be to eat live things or things that haven’t been dead too long, or which were preserved by either heat or cold, and not chemicals aside from perhaps vinegar, spices, lactic acid, or salt.

  10. wodun:

    The comments at the first link were not so kind.