Milk, cheese, butter, cream – in fact all saturated fats – are bad for you. Or so I believed ever since my days as a medical student nearly 30 years ago.
During that time I assured friends and family that saturated fat would clog their arteries as surely as lard down a drain. So, too, would it make them pile on the pounds.
Recently, however, I have been forced to do a U-turn. It is time to apologise for all that useless advice I’ve been dishing out about fat.
Mosley details the huge impact that Dr. Ancel Keys had on dietary advice (infamous in the LCHF and Paleo communities) with his manipulated study data and campaigns to silence those who disagreed with him publicly. Mosley himself gave up or avoided red meat, butter, and full fat dairy products based on the bad information being disseminated by the medical community. That, plus regular exercise, led to a steady weight gain over the years…and becoming a borderline diabetic.
So to what conclusion has the good doctor come now?
Eggs are a prime example of how we got it wrong on fats. In the Eighties we were told they were cholesterol time bombs and were warned to eat no more than one a week. So I gave up eggs and tried to persuade my family to do likewise. What a mistake that was.
A study in the British Medical Journal in 2013 concluded: ‘Higher consumption of eggs is not associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease or stroke.’
So eggs are back, and the protein means you’ll feel fuller for longer.
It’s always terrific to hear from a doctor who’s seen the nutritional light, so to speak. But readers in the extensive comment section under the original article do have a valid beef with Mosley. Take Alan from Newport, for example, who writes:
Why does he keep referring to “we”or “us” getting it wrong? It was him who was earning money from TV & books that got it wrong causing uncountable harm to people who followed his advice. What is he doing to put it right? Refund all the people who bought his books and whose health suffered as a consequence? No! He is trying to flog another book!
The man has a point.