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The independent, peer-reviewed Journal of the American College of Cardiology publishes a comprehensive meta-analysis of randomized trials and observational studies in June 2020 that declares saturated fat is safe and that its consumption reduces stroke risk.

The independent, peer-reviewed Journal of the American College of Cardiology has just accepted a comprehensive study for publication in its June 2020 edition entitled “Saturated Fats and Health: A Reassessment and Proposal for Food-based Recommendations”. (1)

In a nutshell, this meta-analysis of randomized trials and observational studies found no beneficial effects of reducing saturated fats on cardiovascular disease and total mortality.

Instead, the scientists found a protective effect of saturated fat consumption against stroke.

Why has the misguided, downright HARMFUL recommendation against saturated fats persisted for DECADES despite the mounting evidence to the contrary?

There are likely many reasons why…chief among them being, you guessed it, cha-ching for the edible oil companies who make billions every year making low quality, inferior replacements for butter, eggs, cream and other healthful, natural sources of saturated fats in the diet.

What About Saturated Fats Increasing LDL?

Some of you in the medical field may be initially confused by this study, as some studies suggest that saturated fat intake can increase low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol, the so-called “bad” cholesterol.

According to the study authors, this is not problematic for the following reason:

Although SFAs increase low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol, in most individuals, this is not due to increasing levels of small, dense LDL particles, but rather larger LDL which are much less strongly related to CVD risk.

The authors also noted that the effects of saturated fats in the diet cannot be predicted in a vacuum. The overall macronutrient distribution must be considered.

They concluded that:

Whole-fat dairy, unprocessed meat, eggs and dark chocolate are SFA-rich foods with a complex matrix that are not associated with increased risk of CVD. The totality of available evidence does not support further limiting the intake of such foods.

It’s Been a Long Time Coming!

As someone who has strokes galore in my family tree, I sure am glad I ignored conventional dietary advice for the past 3 decades, eating my fill of butter, cream, eggs, full-fat dairy, and the tasty saturated fats around my grass-fed steaks.

While I knew at the time that the prevailing “wisdom” about saturated fats was 100% wrong, what I didn’t know is that consuming them would actually lower my risk for stroke!

It just goes to show how LONG dietary myths can persist once they take hold in the public’s mind…it can take many years to dispel the prevailing “wisdom” even if it is totally and utterly wrong.

Takeaway?  Question everything and take no “nutritional dogma” at face value. Always research both sides and come to your own conclusions.

Experts Speaking the Truth Repeatedly Attacked in the Media

Dr. Dwight Lundell MD, a cardiologist who has been viciously and repeatedly attacked by mainstream media for many years, was one of the first experts in the field to blow the whistle on the saturated fats cause heart disease scam.

As a heart surgeon who performed over 5,000 open heart surgeries, Dr. Lundell warned many years ago that the notion that saturated fats are unhealthy is wrong. Not only is it completely and utterly wrong, but Dr. Lundell goes so far as to say that avoiding saturated fats is scientifically and morally indefensible.

By following the recommended low-fat diet, Dr. Lundell warned that people are unknowingly causing “repeated injury to their blood vessels”.  This repeated injury, day in and day out, is what is causing rampant inflammation across all population groups which has resulted in the epidemic of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

What Else are the “Experts” Wrong About?

What else about conventional dietary advice is also wrong, you might wonder?

How about pretty much ALL of it!

If you want to truly be healthy, examine the ancestral diets of vibrant, chronic-disease free societies, and notice how drastically they deviate from today’s accepted nutritional wisdom.

Hint: not one of them was plant-based! Blue Zones is 100% baloney and the China Study is loaded with flaws.

Reference

(1) Saturated Fats and Health: A Reassessment and Proposal for Food-based Recommendations (Journal of the American College of Cardiology, June 2020)

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