Step two: do interviews with media types who have been on the anti-fat bandwagon for years …because if we were right all along, it means they were right all along too.(So much for a low-fat diet keeping cholesterol down.) Since she just knows that a “heart healthy” level should be below 200, Ms.Brody dutifully stopped eating cheese and went on a diet to lose a few pounds. – when she underwent another test a few months later, her cholesterol had risen to 236, and her LDL had gone up, not down. After all, she’s been telling her readers for decades to cut the fat, cut the fat, cut the fat. She stopped eating red meat, switched to low-fat ice cream, took fish oil, and increased her fiber intake.So she dutifully took a statin and declared victory over the cholesterol monster.Yup, if I were the American Heart Association and needed a useful idiot to explain why we were right all along, that’s who I’d choose.Yes, it’s true: the AHA has finally stopped putting its logo on sugar-laden cereals and other sugary foods. Keys, as you probably know, waged a very bitter and very personal war of words against British researcher John Yudkin throughout the 1970s. Because Yudkin insisted it was sugar causing heart disease, not saturated fat.Keys replied over and over, in paper after paper, It is clear that Yudkin has no theoretical basis or experimental evidence to support his claim for a major influence of dietary sucrose in the etiology of CHD; his claim that men who have CHD are excessive sugar eaters is nowhere confirmed but is disproved by many studies superior in methodology and/or magnitude to his own; and his “evidence” from population statistics and time trends will not bear up under the most elementary critical examination. The man who steered the American Heart Association onto its anti-saturated-fat path insisted that sugar doesn’t cause heart disease and the very idea had already been disproved.
(“See, this diet made my cholesterol worse, but I know someone who had good results, so you should do exactly what didn’t work for me. That’s why it’s called a cholesterol-lowering drug! Her own experience demonstrated that restricting saturated fat (which she believes is good for the heart) caused her cholesterol to shoot up (which she believes is bad for the heart).Alas, the advisory team noted, there have been no trials to date testing the cardiovascular benefits of replacing dietary fat with “healthful nutrient-dense carbohydrates and fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes that are now recommended in dietary guidelines.” No trials proving the cardiovascular benefits of replacing dietary fat with whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and legumes …and yet that’s exactly what the American Heart Association tells us to do. Brody echoes that advice in her article: In other words, if you are truly concerned about preserving good health over all, focus on a Mediterranean-style diet heavy on plant foods and unsaturated vegetable oils, with whole grains like brown rice and bulgur, fruits and vegetables as the main sources of carbohydrates.That’s the point where a person blessed with a healthy capacity for skepticism would question the entire theory.But Brody can’t question the theory because she’s been a very public promoter of it.