Real question for the pro-saturated fat crowd:
I’m not a scientist, nor a nutrition expert, but my understanding is that while some recent studies have cast some doubt on this, the majority of evidence suggests excessive saturated fat intake is likely harmful. Like, decades of large, well-designed studies. Hence why most traditional experts advise low to moderate consumption of animal fats.
As stated above, I understand that there are SOME studies that contradict this. I also understand that there have been some concerning conflicts of interest in terms of study funding.
Ultimately, though, why shouldn’t we believe the consensus? Surely not ALL mainstream experts are in the pocket of “big sugar”, right? It seems like it would really have to be a gigantic global conspiracy for the consensus advice to be totally wrong.
Help me understand. Again, not trolling, just genuinely curious how y’all think about this.
That particular study is completely useless. It has ALL of the following flaws:
* Low hazard ratios for all results.
* Relies on food frequency questionnaires.
* Healthy user bias seems to run rampant: high saturated group was more sedentary, smoked more and had a higher BMI. Low saturated fat group also ate more multivitamins than high saturated fat group (not that multivitamins necessarily do anything, but it suggests that one group was more health-conscious than the other).
* Interestingly, the low saturated fat group had the highest incidence of hypercholesterolemia, while the highest saturated fat group had the lowest, with a linear relation between the quintiles.
If anyone thinks that this study says anything useful in any way with all those confounders and limitations, I really feel sorry for them.
I know people want to believe they can keep eating chicken parm and sage brown butter cheese-filled ravioli, but the facts are what they are. You can defy the scientific opinion of the people who basically define human physiology, but you do so at your own peril.
Was this taken from a magazine circa 1982?
So just reading the article briefly.. is this study largely just food frequency questionnaires again? Have we not already done that many times already? Im pretty sure studies like this are what are predominantly causing the controversy surrounding Sat fat intake and I kinda fail to see how this adds anything new or novel to the discussion.