Saturated fats protect the heart

Break out the steak knives!

It's time to enjoy your favorite cut of beef -- served rare, of course -- and do it without an ounce of guilt, because the saturated fats you've been so afraid of aren't bad for you.

They're GOOD for you, and now it's not just me telling you this.

A new report in the British Medical Journal details a half-century of lies on saturated fats -- lies that led directly to today's deadly low-fat diet packed in sugar and carbs and the current epidemic of heart disease.

Since the 1970s, our fat intake has fallen from 40 percent of diet to just 30 percent of diet -- but we haven't gotten healthier.

In fact, we've gotten fatter and sicker, with obesity and diabetes rates skyrocketing.

And that cholesterol everyone's so obsessed with? Time to find a new obsession -- because as Dr. Aseem Malhotra points out in BMJ, 75 percent of all patients admitted to the hospital for heart attack symptoms have normal cholesterol levels.

Something else those heart-attack patients share is high blood sugar -- and many have either metabolic syndrome or diabetes, too.

These aren't conditions caused by fats or cholesterol. They're caused by the foods that have replaced fats and cholesterol in the low-fat diet -- they're caused by carbs, especially sugars.

If all this sounds familiar, it's because the BMJ report reads a lot like a Daily Dose "greatest hits" column. And if you're a longtime reader, that means you're already a step ahead of the BMJ audience.

Now, let me put you another step ahead. Dr. Malhotra is a cardiologist, so he's just looking at the heart angle here -- and that's certainly a biggie.

But it's not the only angle.

The blood sugar spikes caused by a high-carb diet can do more than lead to metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease and heart attack. They can damage brain tissue, leading to memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Carbs (especially sugars) can also fuel certain tumors, which is why an ultra-low-carb diet could actually cure some cancers.

There's one answer here folks, and one answer only: Give up the carbs... say no to sugar... and give your body all the healthy fats you never should have given up in the first place.