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As I have been saying here for years, forget about it. Dietary fat has nothing to do with cardiac disease. Lowering saturated fats does no good. This video h/t SDA
Keeping thin is a good idea, though, for many medical reasons. Yes, people have been conned. Low-fat is foolish, and science and politics is always a mess. Junk science, indeed. Carbs make you fat and harm your arteries, joints, energy, and everything else.
The creation of the "food pyramid" coincides with the establishment of large scale subsidies for farmers producing grain...
And this is no coincidence, the "food pyramid" was created to push a population reluctant to buy a lot of grain based foods (breads, pasta) into doing so by making them think such foods are more healthy than what they'd been eating all their lives.
And you can see that if you trace the changes in the "food pyramid" as compared to changes in farm subsidies. They're in lockstep, the subsidies preceding the "food pyramid" always by a small amount.
For some people cholesterol is a health problem. There are some people with a genetic predisposition to very high cholesterol levels and they generaly die young from heart attacks. Others have a plaque problem and even normal cholesterol levels can contribute to heart attacks because of the plaque. But for most of us cholesterol is not a problem. In fact low cholesterol can be a big health risk.
Any hope for those who have naturally high cholesterol no matter what they do (genetic pre-disposition)? Do people with this problem experience a higher death rate by heart attack? Or are they drugging themselves needlessly with cholesterol-reducing meds?
My personal opinion is that for people with a genetic predisposition to very high cholesterol the drugs do work to reduce their risk of early death from heart attack. The risk is that doctors also prescribe these medicines to individuals with moderately high cholesterol out of a belief that there is some red line cholesterol level that is universally dangerous to exceed. The drugs in question are themselves quite dangerous and should only be prescribed when the risk of doing nothing exceeds the risk imposed by the drugs. However, having said that I also recognize that it is difficult to know with certainty what a person's individual risk is. What is needed is good science and informed decisions that involve both the doctors and the patients.