Off Topic and On the Boil
I had hoped to take a break from writing articles for a while and spend more time working on my books, that was until this morning when, as I tucked into my bacon and eggs, sausages, tomatoes and a fried slice; a typical English breakfast, I read two conflicting reports which caused my blood to boil.
It all began when reading an article on the BBC’s, On-Line News-Cast.
“Fatty arteries may not just be a curse of modern unhealthy lifestyles, say researchers who used scans to look at the heart health of mummies.
A study in The Lancet of 137 mummies up to 4,000 years old found a third had signs of atherosclerosis.
Most people associate the disease, which leads to heart attacks and strokes, with modern lifestyle factors such as smoking and obesity.
But the findings may suggest a more basic human pre-disposition.
Previous studies have uncovered atherosclerosis in a significant number of Egyptian mummies but it had been speculated that they would have come from a higher social class and may have had luxurious diets high in saturated fat.”
Beginning to panic I somehow held myself in check as I opened another TAB on the browser and Googled’; Saturated Fat.
The first result which caught my eye was; from the “Independent,” a popular and, well respected Newspaper; read by more than 80,000 British people daily. The Headline stated; “Start spreading the news – saturated fat ‘is not so bad,’ says study …” It went on; “US research suggests that margarine might have been more harmful than butter and lard all along” Continuing with; “For 50 years we have been told to cut down on lard and butter while eating more sunflower oil and margarine.
The dietitians’ rule of thumb has been saturated animal fat = bad, polyunsaturated vegetable fat = good
But now US scientists are questioning the conventional wisdom, and asking whether margarine might have been more harmful for us all along.
Cutting down on saturated animal fat lowers cholesterol and thus reduces the risk of heart attack. However, the new analysis of a study conducted in the late 1960s and early 1970s, some of the data from which had been missing for decades, has revealed that people who followed the standard advice and substituted margarine in place of butter died sooner than those who made no change to their diet.
The researchers from the National Institutes of Health in the US say in the British Medical Journal that their findings could have important implications for worldwide dietary recommendations…”
This made me feel heaps better and I munched happily on another rasher of streaky bacon; whilst spreading liberal amounts of fresh Dairy Butter on my toast, until, three lines down; I read a headline that had me reaching for the Cholesterol tablets.
The British Heart Foundation states that; we should, “Avoid saturated fats”
“Avoid saturated fats wherever possible. Butter, lard, ghee, palm oil and coconut oil are all high in saturated fat.” It went on;
“Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which can increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease.”
And sadly, that was the end of my Breakfast.
Is it not possible, in this day and age of High tech wizardry and, huge advances in Medical science, that the ordinary working man, can sit down to his breakfast in peace, happy in the knowledge that the “Professionals” have one unified opinion on the issue of, saturated fat?
Food for thought….For the coffee Table Series.
James A Bresco
Authors and Writers Blog.