In the previous article, I discussed some of the effects of the typical amount of protein in the average diet. We talked about weight gain, sickness and toxicity.
Today we'll look at an interesting bit of research that has been twisted to be used for exactly the opposite purpose of what it proved.
Many advocates of high fat and high protein diets use a strange methodology for proving their case.
They refer to a study conducted in 1953 by Ancel Keys who claimed a link between heart disease and total fat intake. His results were debunked in 1957 by two other researchers, Yerushalmy and Hilleboe.
His results were debunked in 1957 by two other researchers, Yerushalmy and Hilleboe.
Pro high-fat and high-protein people claim that because Keys (1953) was shown to be wrong about fat's link to heart disease, fat must therefore NOT be linked to heart disease. Makes sense right? WRONG!
It's slightly complicated, but here comes the spin.
What Yerushalmy and Hilleboe ACTUALLY found was that animal protein had the greatest link to heart disease. So while fat may not be the main contributor to heart disease, the place it is found in its most abundant form, animal flesh, is the thing we should be avoiding.
Eating a high-fat, high-protein diet - like a packet of bacon and some eggs for breakfast - and thinking it's healthy is quite commonplace now. But it's SIMPLY NOT TRUE.
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