What If It Wasn’t Bad For You?
Under the rubric of questioning authority, what if you found out that saturated fats aren’t bad for you?
Suppose you were forced to live on a diet of red meat and whole milk. A diet that, all told, was at least 60 percent fat — about half of it saturated. If your first thoughts are of statins and stents, you may want to consider the curious case of the Masai, a nomadic tribe in Kenya and Tanzania.In the 1960s, a Vanderbilt University scientist named George Mann, M.D., found that Masai men consumed this very diet (supplemented with blood from the cattle they herded). Yet these nomads, who were also very lean, had some of the lowest levels of cholesterol ever measured and were virtually free of heart disease.
Think it might be genetic? Then why did these Masai’s cholesterol skyrocket when they moved to Nairobi?
But – but study after study has confirmed the relationship between saturated fats and heart disease, right?
[T]he findings from these cultures seem to contradict the fact that eating saturated fat leads to heart disease, it may surprise you to know that this “fact” isn’t a fact at all. It is, more accurately, a hypothesis from the 1950s that’s never been proved.
You mean to tell me that the science was never really done? Imagine that!
[That darn sarcasm button is stuck again…]