Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The government's best advice is killing you

For several decades it has been the consensus among government bureaucrats, scientists and your doctor that you need a low-fat diet.
"The science that these guidelines were based on was wrong," Robert Lustig, a neuro-endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, told Tonic. In particular, the idea that cutting fat from a person's diet would offer some health benefit was never backed by hard evidence. 
Just this week, some of Lustig's colleagues at UCSF released an incendiary report revealing that in the 1960s,sugar industry lobbyists funded research that linked heart disease to fat and cholesterol while downplaying evidence that sugar was the real killer.
By the 1990s, when the epidemiological data started piling up to show that a low-fat, high-carb diet did not help with weight loss or heart disease much of the damage was already done.
The US public was deep in what nutrition experts sometimes call the "Snackwell phenomenon"—a devotion to low-fat and low-calorie processed snack foods, which people pounded by the bagful because they believed them to be healthy. 
"This advice allowed the food industry to go hog-wild promoting low-fat, carb-heavy packaged foods as 'light' or 'healthy,' and that's been a disaster for public health," Lustig says.
The stats back him up. Since the US government first published its guidelines in 1980, rates of obesity and related diseases like diabetes have more than doubled. "Childhood diabetes was basically unheard of, and now it's an epidemic," Lustig said.

Remember this when they tell you that the consensus of scientists is that global warming is real.

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