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Fat and heart disease

Fat and heart disease…

For years we’ve been told that fat and heart disease go hand in hand but I want to tell you that according to the research eating butter (or other saturated fats) will not give you heart disease, in fact it’s more likely to be the pasta, bread and breakfast cereal that we are told we should be eating instead!

You see,  I just wanted to make sure that you are not one of the people who have been tricked by the food industry into eating margarine and breakfast cereal (simple carbohydrates) and think butter is bad for you. Because eating damaged fats and simple carbohydrates are giving people diabetes, gall stones, high ldl cholesterol, constipation and fatigue.  Meaning these people are struggling to get through the day, have trouble losing body fat and now according to the latest research, have an increased risk of heart disease.

It continues to amaze me the power of the food industry’s marketing budget and officialdom’s ‘buy in’ to the fat and heart disease agenda they are pushing.  It shouldn’t really surprise me considering the margins that are made on cheap, damaged poly-unsaturated fats like Canola and Margarines or heavily processed grains like breakfast cereals.

It’s been known for over a decade that saturated fat and heart disease are no longer associated.  A group of German scientists in the late 1990’s found that it is inflammation NOT cholesterol and saturated far that causes heart disease.  I am constantly coming across research that supports this assumption.  For example,  in a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2010 (1), looking at studies involving 347,747 subjects the researchers concluded “there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of Coronary Heart Disease”.  That’s right, saturated fat and heart disease are not associated!

In another recent study I came across in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, the researchers found that people who ate fruits and vegetables daily had a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease – no surprise there.  But what I want you to know is that when people ate full fat dairy products along with the fruits and vegetables on a daily basis this resulted in a massive 61% reduction in heart disease risk.  Basically, eating low fat dairy products increased the risk of heart disease by 4 times (2)!!

In fact, it looks more like carbohydrates are causing heart disease and heart attack… In a study published in the American College of Cardiology only this year, the researchers found what they believed to be a causal relationship between blood sugar and heart disease…meaning the higher your blood sugar levels the greater your risk of heart disease.  There’s only one thing that raises your blood sugar levels… and that’s carbohydrates!

Another study, I was exposed to, as part of my Masters degree, involved looking at the diets of 121,700 nurses, over a 10 year period in America (3). The researchers found that eating high glycemic foods like breakfast cereals was the biggest risk factor for heart disease.  Yep you’ve got it, the nurses that ate breakfast cereal had the highest risk of heart disease.

I know, I know, this completely flies in the face of what we are being told to eat to avoid heart disease, which is crazy!
Or is it?

Who is to gain from us eating lots of highly processed grains??

The commercial food industry?……………      Yep

The pharmaceutical industry?……………..      Yep

Agricultural corporations like Monsanto?…………  You bet!

You see it’s not really about nutrition or heart disease, it’s about money, your money in fact…

Listen, this whole saturated fat causing heart disease thing is b*llsh*t.  Back in 1988 a study came out in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looking at heart disease trends in America.  They found that in pre-1920 less than 10% of deaths were caused from heart disease, while steadily increasing to 45% of deaths in the modern day.

Think about this logically, who was eating more butter, lard and dripping, you or your Great Grand Parents?

Your Great Grand Parents were, right?

Well they had a lower chance of dying from heart disease than you, yet they were eating more saturated fat!  That’s what I’m talking about!!

Yes, heart disease is very complicated, however as far as fats and heart disease is concerned you want to eat natural, minimally processed, minimally damaged fats only.  Fats such as Extra Virgin Olive oil, butter.  For high heat, highly saturated fats like coconut oil, lard, dripping and ghee.  If you want to know more about fats, or anything else about nutrition for that matter, I highly recommend you watch the video I made called the ‘Truth about fats.’  I know that some of you are going to want to know more about how cholesterol is involved, so you’ll also learn about that through this video.  Click here to learn more about fat and heart disease…


O.k so now you know the truth, it’s not saturated fat that’s causes heart disease and in fact it might well be simple carbohydrates.  It’s now down to us who know the truth to tell the people who don’t know!  And there’s a lot of people out there that don’t know.

So, please share this blog with everyone you know who still eats breakfast cereal and avoids butter, we’ll set them right regarding fat and heart disease and lets get New Zealand the healthiest country in the world!

As always,

In health and happiness
Ben Warren – Founder of the BePure Health Revolution
“Helping people live happier, healthier lives”


1  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2010, Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease.  Patty W Siri-Tarino, Qi Sun, Frank B Hu, and Ronald M Krauss.
2  J Am Coll Cardiol, 2012; 59:2356-2365, doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2012.02.043
3  Liu, S. Willett, W,C.  Stampfer, M, J.  Hu, F, B. Franz, M.  Sampson, L. Hennekens, C, H. and Manson, J, E. (2000).  A prospective study of dietary glycemic load, carbohydrate intake, and risk of coronary heart disase in US women.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2000;71:1455-61.
4.  Slattery M, L and  Randall D, E. Trends in coronary heart disease mortality and food consumption in the United States between 1909 and 1980. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1988, 47:1060-70.

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