Greetings! Let’s dive into the sweet stuff today in honor of Valentine’s Day. Yes, it is sugar that causes heart attacks, not saturated fats and cholesterol in our food. Oopsie! As Dr. Hyman explains in his recent blog post, fifty years of doctors’ advice and government eating guidelines have been wrong. We’ve been told to swap eggs for Cheerios. But that recommendation is dead wrong. In fact, it’s very likely that this bad advice has killed millions of Americans. A rigorously done new study shows that those with the highest sugar intake had a four-fold increase in their risk of heart attacks compared to those with the lowest intakes. That’s 400%! Just one 20-ounce soda increases your risk of a heart attack by about 30%.
This is a major paradigm shift. For years, we’ve been brainwashed into thinking that fat causes heart attacks and raises cholesterol, and that sugar is harmless except as a source of empty calories. They are not empty calories. As it turns out, sugar calories are deadly calories. Sugar causes heart attacks, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer and dementia, and is the leading cause of liver failure in America. And fats, including saturated fats, have been unfairly blamed. With the exception of trans fats, fats are actually protective. This includes omega-3 fats, nuts and olive oil, which was proven to reduce heart attack risk by more than 30% in a recent large randomized controlled study.
I recommend that you read the entire post because Dr. Hyman tosses truth bombs all over the status quo which has likely cost million of Americans their health and wellness.
I would add that it is STILL costing Americans their health and wellness. Just today, I was watching the cooking/talk show “The Chew” while eating lunch. Chef Michael Symon was teaching a group how to make a dish which required a stick of butter. One of the members of the group shouted “Hey I have high cholesterol, so I can’t eat all that butter!”. I wanted to throw my copy of Grain Brain through the television and into that studio! (If only it were possible!) This poor fellow has been brainwashed into fearing butter, and likely eggs, because *according to conventional wisdom which is WRONG* they contain saturated fat and cholesterol, and therefore cause cardiovascular disease. He’s probably starving his brain of necessary fats and cholesterol and is on statins, which are killing him slowly. ARGH!
There is solid evidence that this epidemic of obesity has resulted from replacing saturated fat in the American diet with carbohydrates and processed polyunsaturated vegetable oils starting in the 1980’s, as shown in the graph below . Of course, we can’t forget that GMO’s and artificial everything hit the scene around then, too, but the carbs/sugars are likely the major players:
The net? We all need to shout far and wide about these dietary falsehoods that have been drummed onto our heads because the standard American high carb, low fat diet is killing us – making us fat, sick, and stupid (yes, a bigger waistline has been correlated with a smaller brain ). Since an obese populace is a boon for Big Food and Big Pharma, we are not going to get real solutions to this health crisis from our government or industry. It’s up to us to find our way back to true health and wellness. Read this post by Dr. Miller  which is basically everything you wanted to know about fat but were afraid to ask, educate yourself , think for yourself, talk about sugar to your family and friends, shout about it from the mountain tops, or blog if you are so inclined.
In closing, I would like to wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day! This is a day to celebrate love for yourself and everyone in your life, so I hope it is a great day for you!