Saturated Fat: After 60 Years Western Public Health Officials Still Refuse to “Follow the Science”

Fat Fiction

Directed by Jennifer Isenhart (2020)

Film Review

This documentary explores the failure of the Western public health bureaucracy (chiefly the USDA, the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association) to address more than 60 years of peer reviewed research showing that the low fat, high carbohydrate diet is responsible for a global epidemic of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other obesity-linked conditions.

Thanks to the “heart healthy” food pyramid, which recommends a diet consisting of more than 50% carbohydrates, 75% of Americans are overweight or obese, one out of three US children is overweight or obese and 25% of potential US military recruits are rejected because they are obese or overweight.

The documentary focuses on the work a half dozen doctors and dieticians who have successfully reversed type II diabetes (ie eliminated their need for insulin) by replacing their low fat diet to one consisting of 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbohydrate.

In switching to a high fat low carbohydrate (aka ketogenic) diet, all patients ceased to experience spikes and dips in their blood sugar. With a more stable blood sugar, they all felt less hungry, ate less and experienced significant weight loss.

In addition to examining the peer reviewed research supporting the ketogenic diet as a treatment for type 2 diabetes,* the filmmakers also explain why saturated animal fats are much healthier for you than vegetable oils. During production, the immense heat required to extract vegetable oils from seeds oxidizes it to create free radicals. The latter are linked both to cancer and the chronic inflammation** associated with heart disease.

The film also examines the shameless role played by sugar and vegetable manufacturers in lobbying the USDA, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and other public health institutions to ignore 60 years of research debunking the “heart healthy” low fat diet.


* One study shows it’s equally as effective as bariactric (stomach stapling) surgery for weight loss.

**See https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-acute-and-chronic-inflammation

 

 

2 thoughts on “Saturated Fat: After 60 Years Western Public Health Officials Still Refuse to “Follow the Science”

  1. Interesting. When I experimented with becoming a vegetarian, I felt hungry all the time. I have since focused on complex carbohydrates, protein complementary with beans and grains, dairy, and a little meat for flavor. I do like sugar, though, and always have. I get lots of exercise doing yard work and weight is good

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  2. When I first graduated from medical school, Katherine, the alternative health community used to talk about a condition known as “hypoglycemia,” where people were prone to low blood sugar and were hungry all the time. The solution was for people to eat lots of high protein meals. About 20 years ago, Western medicine decided the condition was epigenetic (owing to fetal exposure to excess corticosteroids in pregnancy). It now turns out the problem was iatrogenic, due to Western doctors putting women on a low fat high carbohydrate diet.

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