Originally published March 23 2015
Dietary recommendations to avoid fat were wrong, based on zero evidence
by Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Everything Americans and Britons have been told for the past 50 years about the "dangers" of cholesterol is patently false, admits an eye-opening new report by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a federal panel run by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.
In its Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the DGAC withdrew its longstanding recommendation that individuals avoid high-cholesterol foods, citing scientific evidence that there is "no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol."
"Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption," states the report with surprising lucidity.
The full DGAC report is available here:
Your body needs cholesterol to synthesize vitamin D, form cell membranes and manufacture hormones That cholesterol isn't a nutritional bogeyman to be avoided at all costs is hardly news to the natural health community, which never really bought into the "cholesterol is bad!" myth. The human body needs cholesterol to utilize vitamin D, form cell membranes and produce hormones, all processes that are vital to life.
"Cholesterol is the basic building block of all hormones, and most of it is made by our body rather than derived from the food we eat," explains the Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA), which has been warning the public for years not to take the government's misguided anti-cholesterol dietary advice.
In 2012, ANH-USA and several other consumer groups submitted a formal comment to the Food and Drug Administration opposing food and supplement facts labeling guidelines suggesting that dietary cholesterol is linked to elevated blood cholesterol levels. Ahead of their time, these groups noted that credible science simply doesn't support this position.
Study finds government recommendations against saturated fat consumption also unsubstantiated But what about saturated fat? The DGAC report misguidedly says it's still a problem, but a separate study published recently in the online journal Open Heart proves otherwise. Like cholesterol, saturated fat was vilified in both the U.S. and the UK based on faulty science that, frankly, never even suggested that saturated fat is actually unhealthy.
Guidelines recommending that people consume only 30 percent of their total energy intake as fat, and only 10 percent of total energy intake as saturated fat specifically, aren't based on science, admits the study. In fact, the only available studies at the time when these guidelines were published back in the late 1970s and early 1980s showed no difference in heart disease rates between people with high and low cholesterol levels.
"It seems incomprehensible that dietary advice was introduced for 220 million Americans and 56 million UK citizens, given the contrary results from a small number of unhealthy men," wrote the study's researchers.
"The results of the present meta-analysis support the hypothesis that the available [randomized controlled trials] did not support the introduction of dietary fat recommendations in order to reduce [coronary heart disease] risk or related mortality."
So there you have it, folks -- neither cholesterol nor saturated fat are the health-destroying poisons that the government has long claimed they are. The real killers, as we've pointed out, are simple carbohydrates and refined sugar, which create an inflammatory response in the body that leads to cholesterol buildup in the arteries.
At the same time, the DGAC did not withdraw its warnings against so-called "bad" cholesterol, even though there's no science to back the theory that LDL cholesterol is in any way harmful. Doing so would kill the multi-billion-dollar statin drug scam, and eliminate a major Big Pharma cash cow.
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