Proven: no scientific basis to government UK and US low fat guidelines

New article has found that public health advice to eat low fat was wrong

An article by a group of UK and US researchers published in the journal Open Heart has found that public health advice by the UK and US governments to consume less fat had no evidence base, was wrong and should never have been introduced.

The review examined randomised controlled trials (RCTs) available to the US and UK regulatory committees at the time that national dietary guidelines were introduced in the 1970s and 1980s.

The advice was given because it was thought that it would help reduce coronary heart disease (CHD).

The paper’s authors concluded: “Dietary recommendations were introduced for 220 million US and 56 million UK citizens by 1983, in the absence of supporting evidence from RCTs.”

They also stated: “…clinicians may be more questioning of dietary guidelines, less accepting of low-fat advice (concomitantly high carbohydrate) and more engaged in nutritional discussions about the role of food in health.”

The original article can be found here:

My view: Most of us who were around in the 80's can remember being given this 'health advice' and in response started replacing natural, saturated fat dietary staples that had been around for hundreds of years, such as butter, with lab-manufactured so-called low-fat 'heart-healthy spreads'.

We dutifully increased our consumption of 'heart-healthy whole grains' by eating whole-grain cereals which lured us in by their claims to help our hearts stay healthy - never mind the high levels of salt and sugar that were also in these convenient packages!

I can remember being sucked into the Rosemary Conley world of the low-fat diet in the 80's, sticking faithfully to it despite the fact that I was constantly hungry, suffered from dreadful health and mood swings and didn't manage to budge more than a couple of pounds. 

No wonder: 'low-fat' often equals 'high sugar'.

What on earth were we thinking?!

Thanks to this 'advice' from health officials we are now, nearly 40 years on, facing the most serious crisis in obesity and poor health this country has ever seen - and our children are developing metabolic diseases such as diabetes at an earlier and earlier age - in fact they are now developing diseases that were once only seen in old age.

How could this situation ever have been allowed to happen? 

Unfortunately, it would seem that our health and wellbeing has been sacrificed so that huge food conglomerates can rake in ever larger and larger profits by using cheaper and cheaper low-quality ingredients such as sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and vegetable oils in our foods - all for the sake of convenience. 

Just have a look at the amount of sugar in any supermarket cereal - especially the ones aimed at children...

I am hopeful that with articles such as this, the low-fat, high-carb (aka high sugar) dietary tide is finally beginning to turn and maybe we will slowly begin to see a return to eating the fresh, natural foods our great grandparents used to eat.

For more information on saturated fats such as butter and why we need to have them in our diets please see articles such as this one from the Weston Price Foundation:

If you are concerned about what we have been told regarding saturated fat being the villain which is causing cholesterol levels to rise, I recommend:

'The Great Cholesterol Con' by GP Malcolm Kendrick

Posted: Feb 16, 2015