Saturated fats, not a villain

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Saturated fats, not a villain
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Wed, 05-14-2014 - 7:36am

Have you all been following the news on this?  Articles like this:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/17/study-questions-fat-and-heart-disease-link/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

I think the problem is people have followed sound bites, like low-fat, low-carb, high protein, etc. instead of thinking through the approach to eating. I will keep telling clients to stick to real foods, mostly vegetables, but  that every one's body responds differently.  I'd read years ago that the reason they thought saturated fats were bad for us was based on a study of nurses and they found that those who ate the lowest saturated fats were healthiest.  But, they never looked at the fact that those who watched their saturated fats attempted to be more healthier in working out, eating better.  My take away is that I'll stick w/ real food and not processed high protein/low fat/etc. stuff.  I've always bought regular yogurt, milk, etc not skim. I'll eat eggs but watch the bacon.  Lots of vegetables.  Pay attention to how I feel.






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 05-14-2014 - 9:54am

Huh?!  I would have to read the entire study before I would change my habits based on that article.  There may be other correlational factors at work here -- exercise, vitamins and supplements, pharmaceuticals, age, pesticides in food, stress levels, genetics, etc.  I have a hard time believing that vegetables are bad for you...but, hey, the more we know, the less we know!

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 05-14-2014 - 10:20am

I read this earlier this week and instantly thought of the Atkins diet. Wasn't that a low carb/high fat diet?

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Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 05-14-2014 - 3:10pm

There was nothing about vegetables being bad for you. It's about saturated fats not being worst for you than unsaturated fats.  And, the alternative to fats that people went to starches are worst than fats.  I've just bought this book that Michael Pollen was talking about on his facebook page. While he isn't a scientist, I think he researches his subjects well and really liked Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food.  

http://www.amazon.com/The-Big-Fat-Surprise-Healthy/dp/1451624425

The actual paper:

http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1846638

NPR article on the paper, in plain English:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/03/17/290846811/dont-fear-the-fat-experts-question-saturated-fat-guidelines






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 05-14-2014 - 3:15pm

Yes, but Atkins, the real diet, was nothing like what people thought was Atkins. The problem was people didn't read the book, didn't do the research. They just ate meat.  The people I know who did Atkins the right way ate things like a huge salad and then some steak on it. Or they'd have a huge plate of roasted vegetables and chicken.  But they didn't have endless plates of only bacon and eggs and cheese.  I don't think there is a problem w/ starch for most people but Americans eat way too much of it. A size of pasta is the size of a tennis ball, not a football which we are served in restaurants. It should be a side for dinner, not the dinner (which people did to be low fat).  Hopefully people will read this and get back to more moderation, not take this to do that extreme atkins again.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 05-15-2014 - 8:34am

Yikes, I started reading the book. I'm hoping it gets better but right now, the author has talked about hunting cultures and their dependence ONLY on saturated fats, not even muscle meat but the fat and offals, blood and how they discard the muscle meat we eat.  And, no vegetables. I'm ready to put it down but am wondering if it might get better.  I don't believe sat fats are worst for us than other fats but believe it all needs to be in moderation.






iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 05-15-2014 - 5:35pm
I think we have become a culture of disordered eating....and I am beginning to think the food we eat is tainted with hormones and pesticides...plus we have so much crappy food readily available and heavily advertised that I think most people (present company excluded) have no idea what a normal amount of food is. I am not a good eater unless I work at it, and the more I eat crappy food, the more I crave it. I love fruit, vegetables, meat, a little butter....but I also love crackers, ice cream, cookies....I do the best when I have a plan to eat healthy stuff and as long as I am filled with the good stuff, I have less room for crap...but even knowing this, it is so easy for me to get off track....I have to say I think everything is ok in moderation, and nothing is ok in excess,....
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 05-16-2014 - 7:56am

Yeah, junk food is so good!  I love real foods, too, but I can't keep junk food in the house. If it's a choice between Cheetos and broccoli w/ hummus during my afternoon slump, I know myself too well on what I'd pick!  I'm reading a really sad book right now, called Heavy. It's about a woman w/ disordered eating/poor body image (although she never says it, it comes off clear that she's 5'4", considers herself overweight at 115 and is constantly doing things like juice fasts to lose weight) who is raising a daughter who is sixa and obese.  While she's patting herself on the back for being vigilant, I think she's borderline abusive.  She throws a fit because her daughter has not only a piece of cake but a cookie at a birthday party.  She gets angry that her daughter is hungry at a friend's house because she's only eaten the small dinner her mother allowed her and is offered a salad which the child eats.  She throws a fit over 30 calories of whipped cream added at Starbucks.  All the while, she's feeding her daughter Cool Whip Lite and all sorts of bad processed foods that are low calories.  I was hoping the book would end w/ her finding the error of her ways but apparently she keeps patting herself on the back for being an amazing mom.  I needed to stop reading it because I was feeling so bad for the little girl and wanted to shake the mom.