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This post originally ran on November 19, 2010.

A different recipe was used in the original post.

The Lypid Hypothesis Part 2
What If They Are Wrong?

In my last post about the Lipid Hypothesis I left off with Ancel Keyes cherry picking his data in his “Seven Countries Study.”

The reason this is so important is because it was the cherry-picked data from this particular study that is now the basis of the contention that cardiovascular disease is largely the result of and is brought on by a diet high in saturated fat.

From smart-heart-living:

Subsequent and independent analysis of the data that were available to Keys shows that he “cherry picked” only those countries with numbers that supported his hypothesis and omitted a significant amount of data that showed there was actually no correlation between dietary fat, cholesterol, and arteriosclerosis. But this information has been largely ignored. [Emphasis all mine.]

For two decades after Keyes, other studies failed to find a definitive link or correlation between dietary fat and heart disease. In 2002 the New York Times published an article by Gary Taubes, “What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?” In this article, Taubes wrote:

the scientific evidence supporting this theory remained stubbornly ambiguous. [Emphasis mine.]

and this:

…..the N.I.H. spent several hundred million dollars trying to demonstrate a connection between eating fat and getting heart disease and, despite what we might think, it failed. Five major studies revealed no such link. [Emphasis mine.]

If there is no clear link between saturated fat and heart disease, then why is there all this emphasis on eating less saturated fat?

Good question. Why indeed!!!!

Taubes’ article suggests the issue was settled by politics, or by the  government.

 In January 1977 a Senate committee led by George McGovern published its ”Dietary Goals for the United States,” advising that Americans significantly curb their fat intake to abate an epidemic of ”killer diseases” supposedly sweeping the country. It peaked in late 1984, when the National Institutes of Health officially recommended that all Americans over the age of 2 eat less fat.

From there the free market took over. Today we have a multi-billion dollar industry built around lowering fat and losing weight: expensive designer diet drugs, diet plans, diet books, magazines, diet equipment, vitamins, supplements, low-fat foods, to name but a very few of the items people have used to sell you something so that they get rich and/or get famous on the talk show circuit.

And science is no longer a help either. Science is supposed to be neutral. Science is supposed to be objective. Scientists are supposed to simply report their findings.

What a quaint and old-fashioned idea that is.

Today too many scientists have turned from reporting findings to telling us what we HAVE TO DO. They have turned into social activists with a strong authoritarian mindset who say things like, “You must reduce your fat intake, you must change your lifestyle in this way or that way.”

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Well this free American does not take well to that.

Furthermore, that type an attitude is not science. This is propaganda masquerading as science!

Instead of reporting findings, too many scientists today want to decide for me. And for all of us.

Too often these days’ scientists appear to me as being little more than money grubbing, publicity seeking, socially activist, authoritarian enforcers of the nanny state for what should be a personal decision on what foods I choose to consume.

Has it worked? Has the heavy handed scientific-medical-sales industrial food complex made us any healthier?

In a word: NO. Obesity has risen in America since the no-fat fanatics have taken over.

For a more reasonable answer I go back to smart-heart-living.com:

Since the early 1980’s the consumption of red meat, butter, and other sources of the “evil” saturated fats are down, while consumption of carbohydrates and polyunsaturated fats are way up… just as we’ve been told to do. We, as a society, have dutifully followed the experts’ “advice”.

But look at the current state of affairs. Obesity is at epidemic proportions, the rates of diabetes have increased dramatically. This should, at the very least, raise some major red flags about the dietary advice we’re getting.

But the official response to this is seems to be a deafening silence.

Why? Could it possibly be because it would mean an admission that they were wrong? [All emphasis mine.]

Now wait just a cotton-pickin minute. Did I read that right? Let me read it again. Put my glasses and put thinking cap on: “Consumption of fat down.” Yep. Got it. “Obesity up.”  

Yep. I read that correctly too!!!!

Why???? I think it is not just because it would mean having to admit they were wrong. It would also mean having to give up their very lucrative money making ventures.  GREED. That’s what I believe.

So just what is a poor, dumb schumck like me to do? Who can I believe? What can I believe? And more importantly, what should I do if I want to be healthy?

Next time, (Sunday, June 19th) in Part 3, and the last of this series, I will deal with some common sense health and nutrition strategies that you can consider (or throw out as dumb, I don’t care. I am not selling anything) as you make decisions on your health and what and what not to eat.

Featured Recipe
Marvelous Mandarin Salad

I LOVE this salad!!!!! I adore this salad. I pledge my alligence to this salad!

It is probably my absolutely favorite salad in the whole wide world. I fix it in any and every season, but it is best when strawberries are at their freshest.

If you can pick the strawberries yourself in the morning and make the salad that very day this salad will be absolutely positively heavenly.

I don’t even remember any more where I got the original of this recipe.

I have been making it and tinkering around with it for 20+ years.

The original only had the oranges and the pecans and also called for croutons according to the handwritten version in my personal cookbook. I do not use the croutons any more, and I have added the strawberries and the red onion.

I sometimes use almonds in place of the pecans if I do not have pecans in the house. I also add other berries if I have any in the fridge, such as blueberries or blackberries. But my favorite remains the strawberries. You can also substitute fresh spinach for the Romaine lettuce. 

This is the result. This salad goes with anything and everything.  

 Here is what you will need for the salad for 4 people: 

2 small bunches Romaine lettuce cut or torn into small pieces

1 can 6 ounces mandarin oranges, drained, juice reserved

6-7 medium strawberries, sliced

¼ to ½ cup pecans

1-2 very thin slices of red onion, halved and then separated

Here is what you will need for the dressing: 

3 tablespoons of the reserved mandarin orange juice

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

Place the cut lettuce in a bowl.

Top with the drained oranges.

Add the sliced strawberries.

Next add the pecans.

Slice 1 or 2 very thin slices off the onion.

Cut each slice in half and then separate the onion pieces.

Top the salad off with the thin red onion slices.

To Make the Dressing:

Mix the reserved mandarin orange juice with the Dijon mustard, olive oil, and salt and pepper and whisk until it emulsifies.

Pour dressing over the salad, serve, and savor summer’s bounty.

Bon Appetit!!!

Cost

Salad

2 small bunches Romaine lettuce                 $2.00

1 can 6 ounces mandarin oranges                $0.50

6-7 medium strawberries                            $0.63

¼ to ½ cup pecans                                    $0.93

1-2 very thin slices red onion                       $0.10

Total Cost Salad = $4.16
Cost per person = $1.04

 Dressing

Mandarin orange juice                      N/A ~ in cost above

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard                $0.06

2 tablespoons olive oil                       $0.45

S&P

Total cost = $0.51
Cost per person = $0.13 
Grand Total for salad and dressing = $4.16
Grand Total per person cost = $1.17

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  A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.

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1 comment to The Best of MTTD…………..

  • What a gorgeous salad!!

    As for your lipids story. I’m old but I remember my father and my grandfather before him both eating pie or donuts for breakfast, two big meals during the day and I swear my dad always ate butter on his french fries. Both lived a good life and ate anything they wanted. Both were thin.

    I watch what I eat and try not to eat too much animal fat. I eat butter and I don’t eat margarine. Have you ever left some margarine and some butter outside? Animals will eat the butter and leave the marg every time. If they won’t eat it, is it good for us? I suspect not.

    Looking forward to next week !