Wednesday, January 12, 2005


The Fatwa Against Animal Fat

In the United States, if a person is overweight, he or she will be told invariably by doctors, nutritionists, magazines, diet books and personal trainers to cut out the saturated fat. For decades, the conventional wisdom has been that saturated fat makes you fat, clogs up your arteries, makes your cholesterol skyrocket, and will ensure that you die of a heart attack. This is the reasoning behind the Lipid Hypothesis.

Just today, the American dietollahs issued another warning that Americans should stick to low fat or fat free milk. Not surprising.

How is it that French (and I'm no Francophile) enjoy butter croissants, triple cream cheeses, sausage, and steak au poivre, among another things, and generally remain slimmer than Americans? And how is it that the French have lower rates of heart disease and cancer than Americans? The dietollahs blatantly ignore this since it contrasts their dogma.

Yet there fortunately have been some dissenting voices. The Cleveland based dentist, Dr. Weston A. Price traveled all around the world and studied the differences between so-called "primitive" cultures and those eating Western foods. Dr. Price's data is presented in his book "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration."

Clinical nutritionist, Dr. Mary Enig and the current president of the Weston A. Price Foundation Sally Fallon are continuing where Dr. Price left off here, here, and here.


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