The Saturated Fat MythSubmitted by Bob-45 on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 22:16
by David Jockers, DC on Feb 13, 2013 in Opinion
Heart Disease was considered a very rare disease in the early 20th century. The lipid hypothesis theory that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease changed the shape of the nation in the 1950s. Society began to run away from saturated fat and cholesterol and turned to man-made processed fats as a replacement. As corporate food processing machines began to become more popular so did the occurrence of heart disease. Today, the lipid hypothesis can be considered one of the greatest scientific myths to date.
The Lipid Hypothesis:
The lipid hypothesis was developed by Ancel Keys in the 1950s. This theory states that there is a direct relationship between the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet and the incidence of coronary heart disease. With questionable evidence, Keys went about writing articles and promoting this hypothesis throughout the medical world. Meanwhile, hundreds of subsequent studies testing this hypothesis have found differing conclusions. Despite the lack of evidence this notion took off throughout the healthcare world and was fueled by the vegetable oil and food processing industries that sought to benefit from this key finding.
Close to 90% of all well-planned, properly documented studies investigating the lipid hypothesis do not support the claim that “artery-clogging” saturated fats and dietary cholesterol cause heart disease. Scientists examining a clogged artery will only find that about 26% of the fat in the plaque is saturated. More than half of the fat is polyunsaturated.