I’ll let you in on a little secret. My Wednesday afternoon calls are often an opportunity to have a one on one conversation with me at a time when you know I’ll be on the phone and available. No voice mail, no phone tag. Last Wednesday was such a day and I never got around to turning on the recording but I will will share one of the highlights from that conversation.
The caller brought to my attention an article that she had just read in The Wall Street Journal titled The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease. The article beautifully outlines where the myth that saturated fat is bad for us began and how that false belief has negatively affected the health of generations of people.
In addition to explaining that saturated fats are not the culprits in causing heart disease, the article also explains how this misunderstanding lead to an increase in consumption of carbohydrates and the epidemic rise of Type 2 diabetes.
The truth about dietary fats and cholesterol may not be news to many of you. I wrote about it in 2005 in my newsletter titled A Healthy Heart . However, in my naturopathic practice I continue to meet people who believe that they should avoid fats such as eggs, cheese, butter and red meat, and take cholesterol lowering medication for the rest of their life. Because this false understanding is so prevalent in our culture I am excited that the true information is reaching the mainstream through articles like that in The Wall Street Journal.