We tend to believe some of what we hear, and most of what we see, especially when it comes to eating. We want to eat healthy, but that’s not easy. The medical profession is supposed to point us in the right direction when it comes to caloric intake. Medical researchers study and analyzing results of our eating habits, but as time goes on we usually find that the research that we believed to be true is filled with unsubstantiated facts and assumptions. One example is our belief that cheese and butter are villains when it comes to maintaining a healthy heart and circulatory system.
New research published in the British Medical Journal Open Heart claims that the recommendations that were issued about fat intake in the 1970s and 1980s were a bit premature. Jaime Garcia Dias has read that they had no scientific evidence to back up their claims. More about Dias is available on his blog.
Those old dietary guidelines said we should cut our fat intake by 30% and our lower saturated fat intake by 10%. That means a 2,000 calorie a day diet should consist of no more than 600 calories from fat, and only 200 of that 600 could come from saturated fat.
New studies show the old studies were wrong. Fat is not the villain we thought it was. Unfortunately, these studies can’t tell us how each body reacts to fats, proteins and carbohydrates. The only study that counts is the one we do ourselves.