It Was the Fat, Now It’s The Sugar
Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a leading English cardiologist, says that our obsession with a low fat diet has increased the risk of heart disease. He points to the U.S. where obesity has reached epidemic proportions despite fat consumption falling from 40 to 30 percent over the last 30 years. One reason is the food industry has replaced fat with added sugar. Malhotra says that this fact is the greatest medical error of our times.
Years ago Professor John Yudkin, another English researcher, reached the same conclusion. In his book “Sweet and Dangerous” he showed how the increased consumption of sugar was directly related to the increase in heart disease.
Malhotra reports that eight million people in the U.K. are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs (CLDs). Yet, in spite of this massive drugging of society, CLDs have not made a major impact on heart disease trends. Moreover, he believes the routine use of CLDs is wrong and that people should start eating “real” food such as butter, milk, cheese and adopting a Mediterranean diet.
A Mediterranean diet includes fruit, vegetables, fish, whole grains, a dash of olive oil and even a glass of red wine. And I say “amen” to all the above suggestions, particularly the red wine if you are a moderate drinker.
I say amen to all these remarks.