saturated fats

  1. Trans fat ban falls short

    FDA saves the day? No way!

    When the guy who "saves" you from a burning building turns out to be the guy who set it on fire in the first place, you don't thank him.

    You toss him in jail!

    So lock up everyone at the FDA, CDC, USDA and any other DC agency with the nerve to dish out health advice -- because the government's new ban on artery-clogging trans fats is confession of a crime against Americans.

    Half a century ago, government know-it-alls -- with a big assist from the American Heart Association -- led the push to get people away from animal fats and onto vegetable oils.

    Out with the butter... and in with the margarine.

    Just one problem: Plant oils are harder to work with than animal fats. They're watery, like pus, and they go rancid easily. But the mad scientists of the food industry figured out that if you add hydrogen, the oils firm up and don't go bad so fast -- and they can be used in everything from margarine to snack cakes to fast food.

    That's how you get hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, that's how you get trans fats and that's how you get heart disease -- along with a higher risk of a heart attack and an early death, all from foods the government has been pushing on you as "healthier" than animal fats.

    These risks aren't new; we've known about them for ages. The FDA admitted trans fats are dangerous more than a decade ago, and did nothing. Heck, even the new ban isn't really a ban, because they've left one heckuva loophole in place: Low levels of trans fats can be rounded down to zero.

    Would you expect anything less from the FDA?

    Luckily, there's one way to avoid all the unhealthy trans fats from vegetable oils, and that's to pass on processed foods -- especially anything with hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.

    Since these are always junk foods, you shouldn't be eating them anyway whether they have trans fats or not.

    Stick to fresh foods, minimal carbs and natural animal fats instead.

    I'm not done with food yet. Keep reading for how NOT to cook your vegetables.

  2. Bogus omega-3 study finds 'no benefit'

    Fish oil study misses the boat

    A recent study tested two completely natural heart-friendly fats in high-risk patients -- and everyone improved.

    So what's the headline here?

    FAILURE! FISH OIL DOESN'T WORK!

    That's because the researchers didn't bill the study as one natural heart-friendly treatment versus another, finding benefits for both. Nope -- instead they claimed it was a study of fish oil versus a placebo.

    Just one problem: The so called "placebo" was olive oil.

    You don't even have to be a scientist to know that olive oil is an excellent source of heart-friendly saturated fats and beneficial fatty acids. It's not quite on the same level as fish oil, but in the new study of more than 12,500 high-risk heart patients, it was good enough do the trick.

    (I guess sometimes you really can't teach an old dog new tricks because either there's an echo in here or scientists already pulled this same lame-brained move last year. If you missed those laughable findings you can click here to catch up.)

    In fact, these turned out to be the healthiest high-risk patients you'll ever see -- so healthy that they failed to drop dead as predicted and even failed to suffer the expected number of serious heart problem such as heart attack and heart failure.

    So what'd the researchers do? They cooked up some lies, of course!

    Instead of declaring victory for both -- or starting over with a REAL placebo -- they pulled one of the oldest (and dirtiest) tricks in the journal: They switched the study's goals (the primary endpoint) midway through the trial.

    That's right, folks -- when your study doesn't meet its goal, just move it!

    You just can't make this stuff up, and that's not the only major disqualifier here They also pulled another classic dirty trick, giving the patients low levels of fish oil -- in this case, just 1 gram a day.

    We know from other studies that some of the biggest benefits of fish oil in high-risk heart patients kick in at double, triple, and even quadruple those levels.

    So don't be fooled by the hype or the headlines. For a healthy heart -- not to mention good circulation, brain health, vision support, and more -- make sure you take an omega-3 supplement each day.

    And if anyone tells you different, you KNOW there's something fishy going on.

  3. Schools ban butter

    In New York City, school chefs are being threatened over their use of butter in cafeteria recipes.
  4. The taboo foods that will power your brain

    All the know-it-alls spewing that nonsense know absolutely zippo -- because the very foods they're telling you NOT to eat will actually supercharge your brain.
  5. Why I 'sin' every day -- and you should, too

    One of the last freedoms you have left is the freedom to choose what's on your dinner plate tonight -- but get ready to stick a fork in that one.
  6. Fat facts and follies

    For decades now, one of the staples of my campaign to re-educate (or counter-educate, as it were) Americans as to what's healthy has been to promote a proper understanding of the vital role fats - especially the mainstream-maligned saturated ones - play in your good health.

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