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It Is About “Time”: Fat Facts and The Cover Up


What do steak, eggs, coconut, dark meat, chicken and turkey with the skin on have in common? They are all high in healthy saturated fat and are safe foods to eat.

Bryan Walsh’s report made the cover of Time magazine, “Eat Butter.” His article describes a 43 year “human experiment” using the consumer as guinea pigs to test lowering dietary fat and reducing heart disease risk starting back in 1977; when a senate committee urged Americans to “eat less high-fat red meat, eggs and dairy; eat more carbohydrates and increase fruit and vegetable consumption”.

What happened?

  • Heart disease is still the number one cause of death
  • Obesity now effects 33% of the US  population
  • Type 2 diabetes escalated by 166%

I do not have any statistical analysis but there are many more health conditions caused by excess carbohydrate intake that are on the rise, like metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, certain types of cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome etc…

Why did this cover-up happen?

  • The establishment refused to publish controversial research.
  • Unethical researchers cherry picked the data used for analysis
  •  Puppeteers were good at disseminating the low-fat dogma put forth by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).

The research supporting the safety and efficacy of fat and saturated fat exists. In his article, Walsh interviews researchers who explain:

  • “Americans were told to cut back on fat to lose weight and prevent heart disease. There’s an overwhelmingly strong case to be made for the opposite.” –Dr. David Ludwig, Boston Children’s Hospital


  • “The argument against fat was completely flawed. We’ve traded one disease for another.” –Dr. Robert Lustig, University of California, San Francisco


  • “Willett (Walter Willett, Harvard) found that when high saturated fat foods were replaced with carbohydrates, there was no reduction in heart disease.”
  • “Simple carbs like bread and corn may not look like sugar on your plate, but in your body that’s what they’re converted to when digested.”
  • “Studies (by Eric Westman, Duke University) found that replacing carbohydrates with fat could help manage and even reverse diabetes.”

Mind you this TIME article is not late breaking news. I have blogged on the “BIG FAT” topic before:

  1. Seeking Saturated Fat,
  2. Follow The Nutrition Guidelines Or Follow Your Heart,
  1. When It Comes To Saturated Fat Use Your Noggin’,
  2. Carbohydrates Are Worse Than Saturated Fat,
  3. Andrew Weil: Saturated Fat Is Not Associated With an Increased Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke or Vascular Disease,
  4. Eat saturated Fat For Good Health,
  5. Fat Functions To Promote Good Health,
  6. Have We Created Our Own Heath Crisis? High Fat Must Have Foods For Good Health,
  7. The Low Fat Nutrient Less Diet Cannot Nourish The Body,
  8. Eat Foods With Fat (5): Balance Foods With Fat,

So now what?

It is hard to break bad habits and we have been brain washed for a while into believing low-fat foods are healthy. But now it is time, no more cover ups, to open our eyes to the truth about food, fat, carbohydrates, what we eat and how it affects health.

If you want to undo the damage caused by 40 years of eating low-fat refined and processed foods avoid carbs. Eat real meat, natural fats and veggies to let the healing process begin.


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Eat Foods With Fat (5): Balance Foods With Fat


Oil3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Healthy foods with fat are natural foods:

Red meat










When I say eat foods with fat, I do not mean eating only fish or olive oil. Saturated fats need to be part of the balance. Why?

A healthy omega 6 to omega 3 balance should be in a 1:1 ratio but no more than 6:1. Twenty to one is what most people eat today. How?

1. Omega 6 foods are cheap (soy, corn, vegetable oil) and are used in many commercially prepared foods.

2. Consumers have bought into the idea that unsaturated fats are healthy.

3. As consumers buy into conventional dogma and avoid meat/ saturated fat they eat more unsaturated fat.

So I’m here to open your mind to adding saturated fat as part of a variety of foods that should be added to your shopping list. The omega 6/omega 3 ratio is too high. Eating less omega 6 foods and adding back saturated fats can help improve this ratio and keep you healthy.

Here’s why, here’s how:

  • Excess Omega 6 is linked to  inflammation on the cellular level that can lead to  many health issues (heart disease, arthritis, obesity and diabetes, metabolic syndrome, stomach issues, cancer, asthma, mental health issues).
  • When you use vegetable oils at high heat to microwave,  bake, sauté or fry, the high temperature oxidizes the oil and unsaturated “good” fat changes to bad cholesterol leading to heart disease,
  • Omega 6 also can compete with Omega 3 and reduce the body’s ability to use Omega 3.

Saturated fat is more stable at high heat cooking temperatures. Use olive oil as a salad dressing but cook with natural sources of saturated fats that are not hydrogenated to avoid oxidation,

Fats can oxidize over time and saturated fats are more shelf stable than unsaturated fats,

Plant sources of Omega 3 ,like flax and chia seed, cannot be converted to the essential type of Omega 3 we need to utilize unless saturated fat is present.

Research supports saturated fats:

help prevent essential fats and skin cells from oxidation;

promote utilization of essential fats;

help balance the good bacteria in the gut and boost the immune system;

help in the process of calcium absorption and bone development;

lower  lipoprotein(a) ,  a risk factor for heart disease;

protect the liver from alcohol and other toxins created by medication metabolism.

There are a few simple ways to balance the foods you eat with fat.

Will let you know…next blog :)

But maybe you have some of your own ideas. I’d love to hear one or some?


Posted by on September 14, 2012 in diet, FAT


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The Low Fat Nutrient-Less Diet Cannot Fully Nourish The Body

English: A photo of ribeye steaks

English: A photo of ribeye steaks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What do foods with fat have that low or non-fat foods don’t? Aside from the obvious more fat and calories, they contain many more nutrients that can help keep waistlines slim, skin, hair and nails looking young, the immune system strong and the heart healthy. And this does not even scratch the surface of what the benefits are.

If you can look beyond calories and fat to focus on nutrient rich foods like, eggs, coconuts, beef and other healthy higher fat foods you will find better health. Last week I posed the question, “Have we created our own health crises?”,

This week will shed some light on the answer. You will get the “low-down” on the low-fat nutrient-less diet and the nutrients that are not provided when following it.

Five reasons to eat fat and get many more nutrients that will stave off health problems:

  1. Real food sources of saturated fat (meat, coconut) and cholesterol (eggs) have nutrients that are essential to good health. These are nutrients that are not found in low-fat foods include:

Arachidonic acid (AA) is a polyunsaturated fat but is mostly found in red meats, egg yolks, organ meats and breast milk. AA is a key factor for brain development, nerve function and keeping cells flexible. But many may be familiar with AA because of its involvement in muscle growth and repair. AA and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, fish oil) are often talked about together because they make up a large component of the brain,

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) also found in saturated fats: whole milk, butter, palm oil and coconut. MCT’s have metabolic benefits that aids weight loss, digestion, lower the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease by increasing HDL cholesterol, supports thyroid function and boosts the immune system. Coconut also contains lauric and capryllic acid which helps fight bacteria and infections.

Choline is found in the membrane of the cell good sources ground beef, whole eggs (yes, especially the yolk) and peanut butter. Choline functions to protect the liver from fat  accumulation (check out the recent spike in fatty liver disease, , helps prevent advanced age memory loss and may help lower cholesterol and homocysteine levels and may also assist in protecting against some types of cancers.

But you do not hear too much about these nutrients when the focus on cutting fat trumps all else.

Over the next few weeks, you will learn much more about the nutrient density and importance of health promoting fatty foods. Look for the next 4 points over the next few weeks.

There are many sources you can read to get a more detailed picture. Here are some:



Posted by on August 5, 2012 in eggs, good health, Healthy Eating


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Low Fat Diets Trigger Heart Disease

Roast beef cooked under high heat

According to Ron Krauss, “Carbohydrate intake not fat emerged as the main risk factor for heart disease,” “Other studies using beef as the food source had similar results.”

So Happy Father’s Day!!! Enjoy steaks and burgers on the BBQ forever more.

Can’t wait to write more next week :)


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60 Minutes And The War Against Carbohydrates

60 Minutes

Low carb heaven, now where was I? Here’s a link:, to last weeks blog if you are interested in how 60 minutes started all this :).

Let me continue summing up from last week:

REFINED carbs and sugar, most REFINED foods created by food companies to reduce food cost and incresae profit coupled with the “best of intentions”  message from science research, “cut out fat to improve your health” has created huge health concerns for all of us. We eat 130 pounds of sugar/person/year and this has led to;

1. Cancer

2. Food addiction

3. Diabetes

4. Heart disease

5. Obesity

6. Fatty liver disease

7. Advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs are created from carbohydrates, both simple and complex.  Carbs are absorbed by your body to  affect your blood sugar levels.  Blood sugar is then glycated to form AGEs.

8. Kidney disease

9. Alzheimer’s disease

10. Skin, nerve and eye diseases

Now people are getting paid to figure out how to reduce all this damage, for what? It really is not rocket science.

Wanna cut off glucose supply to cancer, wanna reduce your cocaine-like addiction to sugar, wanna reduce your risk for diabetes, obesity, heart disease… just don’t eat sugar and foods that are made up mostly of carbohydrate containing foods.

It really seems prudent to eat balanced low carb whole food, paleo diets to help you live a long healthy life!


Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Carbohydrates Are Worse Than Saturated Fat

The Healthy Eating Pyramid, from the Harvard S...

The Healthy Eating Pyramid, from the Harvard School of Public Health (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Healthy” complex carbohydrates like potatoes (starchy unprocessed vegetable) and bread (processed), non-fat fruited yogurt and many fat-free or low fat food options  may put you at higher risk for heart disease. Frank Hu from Harvard explains that by following the directions of National diet guidelines and using high carbohydrate  low fat foods that are especially low in saturated fat may actually increase your risk for heart disease and be a fundamental cause of obesity and diabetes.

The basis is logical for:

Heart disease:  carbohydrates can raise triglycerides, reduce HDL (good cholesterol) and raise small dense LDL

Diabetes: carbohydrates raise blood sugar and insulin levels

Obesity: Carbohydrates are perceived to be “non-fattening” so many people over eat them. Vegetables that contain 25 calories/serving contain fiber and nutrients that prevent disease yet are typically not consumed. Many low fat snack choices (100 calorie snack packs,  baked potato chips, pretzels) only provide excess calories and are not filling.

You can read, “Are refined carbohydrates worse than saturated fat?” in AJCN, April 21, 2010. Interesting title since both “refined” and “complex” carbs were described to have similar health effects. OK, I’m headed off topic :).

Hu discusses the results that show no relation between saturated fat and a heart attack. A significant increased risk for heart attack was seen when carbohydrate foods that had a high impact on blood sugar were consumed. When eating carbohydrate foods that had minimal impact on blood sugar, such as green and other colorful non-starchy vegetables, the risk for heart disease was lowered.

So, what will it be for lunch tomorrow, a green salad topped with salmon or a baked potato topped with non-fat yogurt?

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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Trying to Eat Healthy? Be Careful!

Everyone knows the risks associated with eating junk but what are the risks for eating blueberries and broccoli?

When we eat healthy fruits and vegetables we are not supposed to worry about overdosing on vitamins and minerals. Yet, it can happen. Too much of a good thing is NOT good for you.

However, it has not stopped scientists in England from genetically engineering our food supply. Check out this label,;lst;4.

“Super Broccoli” “Naturally higher in glucosinolates” What’s a glucosinolate? Glucosinolate is “a plant nutrient THOUGHT to prevent heart disease by breaking down fat in the
body.” The BIG word is “thought”.  Eating more “super broccoli” will not “prevent heart disease” if you continue to over consume trans fats, high fructose corn syrup and excess calories.

So now our “healthy foods” are being sabotaged by big business and at risk of becoming endangered or even extinct.

Think twice before purchasing these types of Genetically Modified (GM) foods. If you want an eye-opening education, check this out, and this

It’s your choice, how are you going to exercise your consumer dollar? Organic foods are a safe bet.

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Posted by on October 27, 2011 in GMO, Natural, natural foods, organic


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