One nutrition researcher speaks out.
I can empathize with the author. Our campus' health department has been sending out mass e-mails to all of the faculty with SAD propaganda on a "heart healthy diet." I can smell the stink of Ancel Keys and the billions of dollars spent fueling the ever growing statin industry in between every word and in the margins of every info-graphic. I would love to respond with the same tone and intent as the article linked above, but it will not do any good. It seems that if a lie is repeated enough, it becomes the truth.
Here is an example:
There are several steps you can take to lower your cholesterol level, like losing weight if needed, being more active, and choosing healthy foods. Here are three simple steps toward a healthier, cholesterol-lowering diet:
â€¢ Choose healthy fats. Avoid saturated fats, which increase unhealthy LDL levels, and steer clear of trans fats, which both raise LDL and lower protective HDL. Instead, substitute healthier unsaturated fats, found in fish, nuts, and vegetable oils.
â€¢ Go with whole grains. Whole-grain breads, pastas, and cereals help prevent a blood sugar roller coaster and make you feel full longer. Many of these foods contain fiber, which can help lower LDL levels.
â€¢ Make other healthy choices. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Ideally, substitute these for processed foods and sweets. Choose fat-free milk instead of whole milk. Opt for low-fat yogurt and pick brands that are not loaded with sugar.
If lifestyle changes donâ€™t get your cholesterol to a healthy level, ask your doctor if a cholesterol-lowering drug makes sense for you.
Speaking of Ansel Keys and the whole cholesterol issue have you seen this? It's an interview with Joe Hibbeln of the NIH about how vegetable oil consumption is associated with more heart deaths.
I had not seen that article, but I was familiar with the study:
They need to redo the study without hydrogenating the oils. They will get the same result, but this study has not picked up ground in the scientific community because of that.
Lineoleic acid has a direct effect on the bio-synthesis of arachidonic acid in mammalian biology - hydrogenated, or not. It does, however, yield in lower LDL which makes the "pop-scientists" happy. The whole thing is one big mess.