Dietary Shocker! (not really)

Posted by joe rigs on Thursday, February 7, 2013 Under: Health
“New” study concludes that PUFA's ( specifically omega 6 in this case), not saturated fat, is associated with heart disease as well as death from all other causes.

This is certainly no surprise to many of us. We've known for a while that omega-6 is highly inflammatory, and inflammation is the underpinning of heart disease (and pretty much everything else). Still, the conventional "wisdom" has been to reduce saturated fats and increase polyunsaturated fats in their place. In other words: “Use more vegetable oil and less butter.” Crazy talk from crazy people indeed!

Interestingly, this is not a "new" study. The study was originally conducted from 1966 to 1973 but the data were "lost." Lost, in the same way I "lost" my homework everyday in 8th grade. I'm sure there are other data out there that implicates PUFAs as well but the researcher's dog probably ate it. It should also be noted that this is was actually a randomized control trial, not an observational study. Meaning, these was the real deal, gold standard in research.

Here are some highlights from the article:
"The results show that the omega-6 linoleic acid group had a higher risk of death from all causes, as well as from cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, compared with the control group."

"Calder says the findings argue against the "saturated fat bad, omega 6 PUFA good" dogma and suggest that the American Heart Association guidelines on omega-6 PUFAs may be misguided. They also "underscore the need to properly align dietary advice and recommendations with the scientific evidence base."

The study itself, published in the British Medical Journal, concluded: "... linoleic acid intervention trials showed no evidence of cardiovascular benefit. These findings could have important implications for worldwide dietary advice to substitute omega 6 linoleic acid, or polyunsaturated fats in general, for saturated fats."

My conclusion: Next time you hear Dr. Oz tell you that polyunsaturated fats are healthier that saturated fats, throw something heavy at your television.

Sources of PUFA to avoid include but are not limited to: Canola oil, soybean oil, vegetable oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil.

Consider reducing these foods or enjoy them in moderation: nuts, seeds, dark meat chicken, avocado. I would also say pork but I’m not about to low my bacon intake but hey, I like to live life on the edge. Your results may vary.

Healthy sources of saturated fat include: butter, ghee, lard, tallow, coconut oil, palm oil, grass-fed beef.

There’s also a lot of confusion out there regarding what fats are what. Specifically, I often hear people say that saturated fats can be found in things like french fries, and other fried foods. In fact, most of the time those foods are fried in vegetable oil, but saturated fat.

Finally, here’s a video I made a couple of years ago on this subject (feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel for more videos):

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Tags: butter  bacon  fat  pufa  omega 6 


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Joe Rignola, HHC, FDN Joe Rignola is an author, Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist and Health Counselor. More importantly, I hate talking in the 3rd person. I'm really just a guy who took control of my own health and overcame several ailments including metabolic disorders, digestive issues, depression and ADD. Actually, my recovery from ADD however is questionable.