The medical community is coming to the shocking realization that 40 years of dietary advice may be completely wrong.
In a revolutionary reversal, more cardiologists now say unprocessed saturated fat is healthy and has been wrongly blamed for causing heart disease, obesity and other degenerative illnesses.
"The mantra that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has dominated dietary advice and guidelines for almost four decades," cardiologist Aseem Malhotra wrote in the British Medical Journal Oct. 22.
"Yet scientific evidence shows that this advice has, paradoxically, increased our cardiovascular risks. It is time to bust the myth of the role of saturated fat in heart disease and wind back the harms of dietary advice that has contributed to obesity."
For the past four decades, the medical and diet communities have vehemently advised people to avoid fat, especially the saturated fats found in animal proteins. During that time, the obesity rate in the United States has skyrocketed, as has diabetes and heart disease.
Dr. Malhotra, a heart specialist at Croydon University Hospital, told the Independent that the low-fat diet dogma was driven by corporate greed and not by public-health considerations.
The food industry has profited from the low-fat mantra for decades because foods that are marketed as low-fat are often loaded with sugar. We are now learning that added sugar in food is driving the obesity epidemic and the rise in diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”
In his research, Dr. Malhotra found no evidence that a high-fat diet causes heart attacks, obesity or diabetes. If anything, he says consuming healthy fats (such as grass-fed butter, olive oil, avocado, animal proteins, and eggs) helps protect against such conditions.
"Recent prospective cohort studies have not supported significant association between saturated fat intake and cardiovascular risk," he wrote. "Instead, saturated fat has been found to be protective."
He says what fuels obesity, diabetes and heart disease is inflammation, which is caused by a high-carb diet, especially sugar intake. Malhotra echoes the sentiments of other medical experts, who blame the low-fat diet craze for the tsunami of obesity, heart disease and diabetes we now see.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiac surgeon, recently raised eyebrows after conceding that a high-fat, low-carb diet can prevent and even reverse Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and ADHD. Dr. Oz is a vegetarian who has long advocated a low-fat, high-carb diet featuring lots of whole-grain wheat.
In another ground-breaking revelation, cancer researcher Dr. Dominic D'Agostino discovered that a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet starves cancer cells to death.
And Dr. Eric Westman, a nationally recognized obesity expert, underscored that a high-fat, low-carb diet not only produces rapid weight loss, but also combats epilepsy and type 2 diabetes. "I tell my patients not to fear the fat," said Westman.
Eat lots of fat. Fat makes you feel full. There's no problem with fat. In fact, saturated fat, the fat that we've been taught not to eat, raises your good cholesterol best of all the foods you can eat."
Dr. Malhotra is not the first cardiologist (or physician) who has extolled the virtues of a high-fat diet. Endocrinologist Richard K. Bernstein has successfully managed his type 1 diabetes for over 65 years on a high-fat, low-carb diet. Dr. Bernstein, 79, has preached the health benefits of a ketogenic diet for the past five decades.
And the late Dr. Robert Atkins (a cardiologist and creator of the Atkins diet) was viciously attacked for promoting a high-fat diet, but it appears he is finally being vindicated.