The Truth About Cholesterol
The Original Research was Flawed
For decades fat has been blamed for many of our health woes. This thinking was the result of Dr. Ancel Keys and his study of seven countries diets finding "that those with lower saturated fat intake, had lower levels of heart disease". The American Heart Association embraced his recommendations and the consequence was a wave of low fat messages and products like skim milk, margarine, and the condemnation of the egg.
It has taken researchers decades to show that Keys' research was flawed. For instance he left out countries such as West Germany, and France that had high fat diets but low rates of heart disease. Additionally, Keys' study began after WW II, when the island of Crete which he highlighted, was working hard to rebuild from German occupation. Another Greek Island, Corfu ate far less saturated fat than Crete but had much higher rates of heart disease. Keep Reading