High Fat Diet and Heart Disease

High Fat Diet and Heart Disease


You know clearly one of the biggest pushbacks
to the idea of eating more fat is that somehow it’s going to cause a stroke or heart attack.
And this was actually recently looked at in the New England Journal of Medicine where
they compared the standard low fat diet that everyone still recommends to a diet that has
a lot of extra added fat and we’ll look at this study in a moment but it’s so incredible
that this study was actually halted midway through because there was such a dramatic
disparity. Those people eating the most fat had an incredibly improved outcome. Let’s
take a look. So here’s the study from the New England Journal of Medicine in February
of 2013 over 7,000 individuals either on a low-fat diet or a Mediterranean diet with
added fat, olive oil, nuts at the end points of the study are either having a stroke, a
heart or actually becoming dead. What were the foods that were encouraged in the Mediterranean
diet? Things like olive oil, nuts, fruits and vegetables, legumes and sofrito, we’ll
look at sofrito in a moment, and actually even some wine. The low-fat diet encouraged
things like bread, potatoes, pasta, and rice. And these are foods that you know we really
discourage on the grain brain program. The foods that you were discouraged from eating
on the Mediterranean diet were things like sodas, bakery goods, sweets, and pastries
-really good recommendations. And on the Low-fat diet you were told not to eat things like
fatty fish and even something called “sofrito”, which is this wonderful sauce, made from tomatoes
and onions aromatic herbs and lots of olive oil. And as I mentioned, this isn’t a profound
study, those individuals eating the most fat in their form of extra-virgin olive oil or
added nuts had a 30% reduction in the risk of major events such as stroke, heart attack
or even death. And so compelling were these results that the study, again as mentioned,
was halted halfway through because the researchers could not in good conscience let the people
on the low-fat diet continue. It was that scary. It was that detrimental to their health.
They said we got to stop the trial and tell the people who are eating low fat that this
is risky business. The message here is let’s welcome good fats back to the table. That’s
what our most well respected researches are telling us. I’m Dr. David Perlmutter.