Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Great Fat Debate

Does anyone have access to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association?  Looks like they have an interesting feature  on Fat this month:

The Great Fat Debate: A Closer Look at the Controversy—Questioning the Validity of Age-Old Dietary Guidance


Ben said...



Anonymous said...

No, but I'm prepared to smack my forehead at their definition of "age-old." Unless its intentionally ironic.

Anonymous said...

I do and can email the article to you, but need to know where

Unknown said...

You can download the 3 PDFs here:

Great Fat Debate PDFs

Unknown said...

No access, but I searched for the author’s contributions elsewhere. Among them: http://www.uhc.com/source4women/health_wellness_tools_resources/nutrition/confusion_on_fats.htm

She recommends the same old same old of the past fifty years—avoid saturated and trans fats, vegetable oils are ok.

Note that she is associated with United Health Care. Draw your own conclusion.

Unknown said...

Well I just skimmed the pdf’s from Susan and was surprised to see that the old dogma may be finally be crumbling. I will read these files more carefully when I have a change.

Unknown said...

Well, let’s just say it’s a start. The devil is in the details of all those studies in the footnotes. The conclusion is contradictory, wherein saturated fat maybe isn’t so bad, but still let’s eat healthy whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and less red meat, mixed PUFAs and MUFAs are good for you. It’s like changing the direction of a glacier.

Chris said...

Thanks for the comments - especially Susan

I'll comment with something Steven emailed me off line:

To be honest the main thing they're saying overall (in the end if you read the Q&A) is that

Sat fats have same risk as refined carbos but polyunsats (regardless of source) are better. Thus dont go low fat because total fat doesnt
matter... but fat content does

1. They still promote polyunsats (vegetable oils) over sats and refined carbs
2. they still promote whole grains/grains
3. Generally plant based
4. Don't believe in the O3:O6 issues

I think the Q&A is the most illuminating on where they stand on issues despite what the previous articles say.