The Endless Pendulum Swing of Fat is Good, Fat is Bad Continues

“Is a diet rich in saturated fat  a health risk or not?” (Johnson, 2016, p.18). A dog whistle question to get researchers/scientists, food commentators and self-styled experts hot under the collar. New evidence would suggest it is a health risk (Wang et al., 2016). Actually, the new evidence is a new statistical analysis of historical… Read More


Americans Eating More Fat & Less Carbohydrate

While nutrition experts continue to debate the risks and benefits of dietary fats, consumers seem to have made up their minds, judging by their changing eating habits – consuming more foods rich in saturated and monounsaturated fats and cutting the amount of carbohydrates in their diets, a report by Credit Suisse has concluded (Credit Suisse… Read More

Associations between Intake of Saturated & Trans Unsaturated Fatty Acids & Risk of All Cause Mortality, CVD & Type 2 Diabetes

Research Paper Title Intake of saturated and trans unsaturated fatty acids and risk of all cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. Objective To systematically review associations between intake of saturated fat and trans unsaturated fat and all cause mortality, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and associated mortality, coronary… Read More

What’s the Real Secret to Weight Loss?

The below article, written by Sue Dunlevy – National Health Correspondent for the News Corps Australia Network, is about sugar which initiated a variety of responses (Reader Replies to, What’s the Real Secret to Weight Loss). Three things I note from the article: Moderation: noted in the reader replies; and Physical Activity: not mentioned at… Read More

Evidence Does Not Support Guidelines on Saturated Fat, Researchers Say

An article by Jacqui Wise of the BMJ (British Medical Journal): Current guidelines that promote high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease are based on inadequate evidence, a new analysis concludes (Chowdhury et al., 2014). Nutritional guidelines generally encourage eating a relatively… Read More

Red Meat Linked to Diabetes through Saturated Fat

A diet rich in red meat is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. In three long-standing cohorts from the US, adults who increased their intake by half a serving a week in a four year period had an increased risk of diabetes over the next four years (pooled hazard ratio 1.48, 95%… Read More

Research: Linoleic Acid, CHD & Death

Research Paper Title: Use of Dietary Linoliec Acid for Secondary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease and Death: Evaluation of Recovered Data from the Sydney Diet Heart Study and Updated Meta-analysis. Study Question: Does increasing dietary omega 6 linoliec acid in the place of saturated fat reduce the risk of death from coronary heart disease? Summary… Read More