A LOW-FAT DIET WILL PREVENT HEART DISEASE
In the 1940s, heart disease was the top killer in the United States. To identify the causes, many studies were launched, including the landmark Framingham Heart Study and the Seven Countries Study. The latter examined risk factors across cultures and linked diets high in saturated fat to heart disease. The American Heart Association endorsed the findings and sounded the alarm on saturated fat. Companies responded with low-fat processed foods. Belief in the hearthealthy benefits of a low-fat diet still persists today, even though heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the nation.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent trying to replicate the Seven Countries Study, without success. In November, new research in The Lancet spanning 18 countries across five continents concluded that “total fats and types of fat were not associated with cardiovascular disease.” We now know that sugar is extremely harmful to health. A 2014 JAMA Internal Medicine study found that people who get 25 percent or more of their daily calories from added sugar are more than twice as likely to die of heart disease as those who get 10 percent or less. That’s regardless of age, sex, and BMI.