Articles and Studies

Okay, so maybe you’d like to see some support for the major points I made in the film, but don’t like slogging through studies and trying to figure out what the heck a p-value is. No problem. We’ll start with a few informative and consumer-friendly articles that appeared in online publications:

Gary Taubes’ NY Times article, What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?

Slate Magazine: End The War On Fat.

Los Angeles Times: A Reversal On Carbs.

CBS News: Calorie-Count Laws Don’t Change What People Eat.

U.K. Telegraph: The Benefits of Statins are HUGELY overrated, and millions of people are taking them needlessly.

Okay, now for some actual studies. David Evans has done a bang-up job of categorizing and summarizing hundreds of studies on his Healthy Diets and Science website, so I’m not going to repeat his Herculean efforts here.  If you’re trying to find a study on a particular topic, I’d urge you to visit his site.

But in the meantime, here’s a short list of studies to back up the major points of the film:

Margarine consumption is associated with heart disease, but butter consumption isn’t.

A low-fat, high-carb diet (the kind recommended by government “experts) increases small, dense LDL … that is, the type of LDL suspected of causing heart disease.

People who consume full-fat dairy products are no more likely to develop heart disease than people who don’t.

People on a low-carb diet lost more weight and improved their cholesterol profiles more on a low-carb diet than on a low-fat diet.

Different study, same conclusion as above: obese people lost more weight and lowered their triglycerides (the dangerous blood fats) more on a low-carb diet than on a low-fat diet. 

Statins may do your heart more harm than good.