We’re in Austin getting ready for #ketocon2017 (you can stream the presentations). Naturally, we went to get some Texas Barbecue last night. The waiter asked if we wanted the leaner cut of the brisket… “no we want the fattiest portion you can get!” because we want to live longer. Isn’t that the opposite of what everyone says? Yes, it is. Fortunately there a new study published in The Lancet showing that eating more fat correlates to longer life and that “Total fat and saturated and unsaturated fats were not significantly associated with risk of myocardial infarction or cardiovascular disease mortality.” Not to get all confirmation bias but it is good to see another study showing the conventional wisdom is messed up.
High carbohydrate intake was associated with higher risk of total mortality, whereas total fat and individual types of fat were related to lower total mortality. Total fat and types of fat were not associated with cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, or cardiovascular disease mortality, whereas saturated fat had an inverse association with stroke. Global dietary guidelines should be reconsidered in light of these findings.
The great thing about this study is the media coverage of it. People are flabbergasted that what they’ve been taught for so long is completely bogus. Which brings me to: there was a really interesting presentation by Gary Fettke regarding the ACTUAL origin of the US Dietary guidelines and their foundation in vegetarian evangelism. This is the one Gary discussed on the 2keto dudes podcast (this was the episode I listened to while driving at 3AM to Idaho to watch the eclipse – fascinating stuff, interesting enough to make me wide awake!).