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Dietary fats do not cause vascular disease, and dietary fats do not make you fat. From The Last Anti-Fat Crusaders - The low-fat-diet regimen is turning out to be based on bad science, but the USDA has been slow to catch on:
The most current and rigorous science on saturated fat is moving in the opposite direction from the USDA committee. A landmark meta-analysis of all the available evidence, conducted this year by scientists at Cambridge and Harvard, among others, and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, concluded that saturated fats could not, after all, be said to cause heart disease.
USDA has every incentive to perpetuate the myth that a diet high in grain products (read pasta, breads, rice) and leaf vegetables is ideal for humans.
It's called farming subsidies, which have artificially inflated the supply of those goods, and the power of the government over farmers, since world war 2.
If you create a history of farm subsidies as set against the composition of the "food pyramid" it becomes blatantly obvious that the latter is constantly adjusted to inflate the demand for whatever is most heavily subsidised.
Vegetable oil fat is wonderful for your body. It, not protein, is the primary thing you need. Dr. Pritikin was the health guru who wanted everybody to cut out almost all fat. (He had many good ideas but missed the biggie.) He contracted leukemia and killed himself while in the hospital. In contrast my father in law has leukemia BUT we put him on the high-fat Budwig diet and he's recovering. We NEED fat! Now, animal fat is not good for you and should be minimized but vegetable based fat should be enjoyed.
nothing wrong with animal fat. Nothing wrong with carbs, proteins, sugar, whatever.
As always, the dose makes the poison.
Eating a pound of raw lard is bad, so is drinking a pint of olive oil, or eating a pound of sugar.
A small amount of lard to cook your steak, or a tea spoon of sugar in a mug of tea or coffee isn't going to kill you.
Animals fats are more natural and less processed than vegetable fats (although olive oil is wonderful stuff). I am back to regular butter for toast (not that I eat that much, toast, but when I do, I use the real stuff!). Vegetable oil based spreads are junk.
I sautee with real butter. Bake with real butter. Etc. YUM!
As a connoisseur of bacon I have to agree fat is good. When I cook bacon I save the "grease" and the little bits to make a delicious gravy. It is like culinary gold. My mother in law says the same thing about duck fat. I find chicken fat to be far less tasty. Beef fat is good and bone marrow is excellent. I especially like the beef fat that is crisped and blackened by the barbecue.
I don't think fat or too much fat hurts a healthy person. I don't think salt or sugar or pretty much anything you eat "hurts" you unless you have a medical condition that causes it to be a problem. Generally speaking there are two "problems" that food can present: 1. That you are allergic to something or have a medical condition where something is contraindicated. 2. That you fail to get your MDR's. Pretty much everything else people believe about food is personal bias and myth.