2015 Dietary Guidelines!
The 2010 Guidelines suggested a maximum of 300 mg. of cholesterol daily from all food sources. That’s the amount in 1 egg and 1 cup of chicken a day. Hold the omelette, butter, bacon, cheese, fish and steak….
After years of lobbying by the dairy and beef industries and complementary medicine physicians, the USDA Advisory Report quietly noted in one small paragraph in the spring of 2015 that cholesterol rich foods were “not a nutrient of concern.”
Why? Because science cannot back up long-standing claims that cholesterol causes heart disease….
Cholesterol Limit Removed, but….
The Advisory downgrade removes the 300 mg. cholesterol limit from the final Guidelines. It’s no longer a “food of overconsumption”. Or a “nutrient of concern”.
It’s clear that cholesterol does not cause heart disease.
Even the US government finally admits it…
That’s good news, but what about the remaining fallacies surrounding saturated fats and heart disease?
Why are we still being told to reduce saturated fat?
Flawed studies from the 1960’s and 70’s concluded that saturated fat causes heart disease. We all know the dogma. We all believe it. It’s deeply brainwashed into us, right?
Over the years, many authors and doctors have told us it’s not true. In fact, one of the strengths of the Paleo Diet community is its willingness to look at the real science on saturated fats.
There’s plenty of research cited in high fat – low carb books and blogs! For one, Dr. Terry Wahls’s books on reversing her MS. (Listen to Terry on two of my Primal Diet – Modern health podcasts here and here).
Spend some time with Mark Sisson, Jimmy Moore, Chris Masterjohn, author Denise Minger (here’s our podcast) and dozens more and you’ll see astounding studies and anecdotes of weight loss and health recovery when TRANS FATS and vegetable oils are eliminated, saturated fats are increased, and starchy carbs are removed.
The Difference Between Trans Fats, Vegetable Oil and Saturated Fat
Trans Fat is hugely inflammatory and contributes to dysfunction of the liver, gall bladder and arteries. Trans Fats are hardened hydrogenated vegetable oils such as margarine, Crisco and other spreadable vegetable fats.
The dangers of hardened hydrogenated fat were known in the 1950’s but it wasn’t until 2000 that the government required them to be labelled on bread, cereal, margarine spreads and more.
Once the technology advanced enough to make hydrogenated vegetable oils stay liquid instead of having to be hardened, bottled vegetable oil became the “safer” alternative to real lard and butter, and synthetic lard and butter (Crisco and margarine).
What’s so bad about vegetable oils?
Vegetable oils are made from canola, corn, peanut, soy, cottonseed and other seed plants. They’re different from fruit and nut oils such as Olive, Macadamia and Avocado oils.
The former group (corn, soy, Canola) are usually genetically modified and are infused with Roundup receptors. Heavily sprayed with Glyphosate pesticides, these are thought to be one cause of escalating Autism and Celiac. (Read more in this interesting article and interview with Dr. Stephanie Seneff, MIT Senior Researcher).
Vegetable oils are extremely unstable and oxidize rapidly when heated. High in Omega 6 fats, they are the worst contributors to imbalanced Omega 3:Omega 6 ratios worldwide.
Since virtually all restaurants and processed foods use vegetable oils, most of us are on a steady diet of rancid oxidized oils. They also release toxic aldehydes which damage lungs and intestines. This article from Dr. Mercola explains more and is easy to read and understand.
So what’s the best cooking oil??
Saturated fats from healthy pastured animals and coconuts provide smoke free sauteing and oils that don’t oxidize. Fruit and nut oils such as Olive, Macadamia and Avocado tend to do best when reheating or seasoning a food rather than cooking it.
Look for: Ghee (I prefer Pure Indian Foods ghee); pastured non-hydrogenated lard from online sources and ranchers; Coconut Oil (the refined oil has no coconut flavor and the unrefined does. Your choice, as I believe both are safe and healthy); and bacon fat or other homemade fats from chicken, etc.
Celebrate with some Pastured Eggs and Bacon!
Having the cholesterol limit removed is a 40 year victory over cholesterol dogma, but keep fighting the good fight over saturated fats. A healthy diet includes healthy animals eating their own best/natural foods. Pastured cows make leaner meat with higher levels of beneficial fast such as CLA. Pastured chickens and eggs are a totally different food in so many ways from their farmed counterparts. Eat The Diet For Human Beings and include all the foods we evolved to eat!