Research & Commentary on Fat and Cholesterol

Saturated Fat & Cholesterol

You often see comments that claim the research shows that saturated fat is bad, but I suspect the authors haven't really looked carefully at the research and evaluated its bias and flaws (or maybe they have a conflict of interest and actually represent industry). There is a dietitian who has done just that when she was called on the carpet by the dietetic police. Her assignment was to demonstrate why she should recommend vegetable oils rather than animal fats, the stance of conventional dietitians, but her research showed there was no solid scientific basis for that recommendation.  Her careful analysis is posted here: 

QUESTION EVERYTHING YOU HAVE BEEN TAUGHT -- A Registered Dietician's Letter to the ADA

Her paper is also posted here on Facebook: 

Massive review shows conventional advice to reduce or change fat intake does not prevent disease or save lives by Dr. John Briffa - 

LDL and HDL: Is there bad and good cholesterol? by Alan Watson, author of Cereal Killer. There's lots more on his website and his blog

24 Reasons the 2010 Dietary Guidelines are wrong about cholesterol, saturated fat, and carbohydrates also by Alan Watson

Saturated Fats, Cholesterol, and Heart Disease by Michael Chu on
Beware of some of the comments, which sound like they come from industry moles.

Dr. Peter Attia's lengthy series on cholesterol


Milk Fat Does a Body Good
By Karen Giles-Smith, MS, RD

The Milk Debate

"According to a cohort study of 12,829 US children aged 9 to 14 years, weight gain is associated with excess calorie intake and consumption of low fat or skim milk, but is not associated with drinking whole milk products. This finding although surprising is consistent with some animal findings. Pigs fed reduced-fat milk gain weight easily while pigs fed whole milk stay lean. Male rats fed whole milk had significantly lower concentrations of plasma triglycerides, very low-density lipoproteins and apolipoprotein B than rats fed low fat milk. The effects of whole milk on lipid profile and body composition are not well understood, but the process of removing fat from milk may in part be responsible for some of the observed effects."

Here is the original study:

Milk, Dairy Fat, Dietary Calcium, and Weight Gain - A Longitudinal Study of Adolescents  also here

Polyunsaturated Fat (PUFA) - more on PUFA

Omega-6: Friend or Foe? An Interview with David Brown

Your Brain on Omega-3 by Emily Deans, MD, a psychiatrist



Low-Carb, Higher-Fat Diets Add No Arterial Health Risks to Obese People Seeking to Lose Weight - posted on