Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
February 04, 2005

Saturated Fat To The Rescue

Further to the post "BUTTER VERSUS MARGARINE" here is more on this much maligned usual it's all about profits and not much about health. But of course health is a good pretense to meet the bottom line!

See also: Low-Fat, High-Carb Diet for Morbidly Obese

Chris Gupta

The "American Paradox?"

I've spent a good chunk of the last thirty years debunking the notion that saturated fat (specifically, fat derived from animals) in the diet leads to increased rates of coronary heart disease ­ an absurd assertion that the politically correct, yet medically ignorant mainstream media has been trumpeting for an equally long spell. As usual, the boob-tube-and-byline pundits have got it all wrong…

Yet they'll likely not spill one drop of ink reporting on the latest in a long string of studies that point to saturated fat as a boon to the heart-healthy, not the scourge the headlines routinely portray it to be.

The new study, published in a recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, flies directly in the face of some of the fat police's most widely-cited research: A 1959-1971 Finnish mental hospital study which seemed to show that a diet high in saturated fat (in this case, an institutional diet which was no doubt also sky-high in refined carbohydrates and sugars) correlated to an up to 65% greater incidence of coronary heart disease among test subjects than did a diet higher in unsaturated fats.

But in this latest research, an American study of post- menopausal women with heart disease, saturated fat in the diet proved to be associated with a LESSER progression of the disease than did higher consumption of "healthy" unsaturated fats. Higher fat intakes in the study were correlated with favorable trends in both HDL (good) cholesterol and harmful triacylglycerol levels. In other words: Hated saturated fats effectively slowed down heart disease.

To refresh your memory, saturated fats are those that remain solid at room temperature (like animal fats). They are also a major component of healthy cells, the preferred fuel for the heart and muscles, powerful antiviral and antifungal agents, and serve as cancer-fighting genetic "regulators" in the body. Why didn't you already know these things (if you haven't been with me for a while)? Because our fat-phobic, animal- rights obsessed mainstream media wouldn't report on it if it were the cure for cancer…

Since this under-reported study used today's "gold standard" evaluative method (quantitative angiography) to derive its results, it poses a direct challenge to less precise prior research ­ as well as to the misguided popular assumption that saturated fat in the diet drives heart disease. Now that we Americans are finally starting to realize the heart-healthy, waistline-trimming benefits of a higher-fat, low-carbohydrate diet (thanks to the late, great Dr. Atkins and others), it will be interesting to see whether this "American Paradox" will get any play at all in USA Today, Time magazine or on the evening news...

I'm not holding my breath.

Extracted from Jan. 17, 2005 William Campbell Douglass, M.D. Newsletter archived at:


posted by Chris Gupta on Friday February 4 2005
updated on Saturday September 24 2005

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Readers' Comments

Dr. Garg, please see:

The Benefits of Saturated Fats

Posted by: Nelthon on February 5, 2005 02:53 PM


Dr. Garg, please see:

The Benefits of Saturated Fats

Posted by: Chris Gupta on February 6, 2005 02:46 AM


Dr. Garg, please see:

The Benefits of Saturated Fats

Posted by: Nelthon on February 6, 2005 08:03 PM


Show me the deaths form alternative medicine and we can go from there. The 100,000+ are well documented in mainstream literature and there are no documents that support your contention "How many of these people had their lives prolonged by medicine?" this is just flapping the mouth. In fact their is data that when doctors go on strike - deaths drop. The only think medicine is good for is simple things like accidents and similar emergencies rest is smoke and mirrors. Regarding Hulda Clark, I have seen her non toxic methods work when the traditional toxic ones did not and the patients had no where to turn as they where told by their doctors to put their things in order. Imagine what these methods could do for those whose immune systems have not be damaged? Your comments sure are entertaining though....

Posted by: Chris Gupta on February 7, 2005 05:06 AM


Dr. Garg, please see:

The Benefits of Saturated Fats

Posted by: Nelthon on February 7, 2005 01:47 PM


Dr. Garg, please see:

The Benefits of Saturated Fats

Posted by: Andrew Fletcher on February 10, 2005 04:15 AM


Dr. Garg, please see:

The Benefits of Saturated Fats

Posted by: John Smith on February 18, 2005 11:11 PM


If the medical system was so good why would people use their time and money on alternative disciplines to get free from their illness? Is over 50% of the Amercian and 60% of Europeans stupid when they use alternative practioners each year? Time will show.

A nice quote from Arthur Schopenhauer: "All truth passes through 3 stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

What stage are we on now regarding alternative medicine? First or second?

I bet 10.000$ that the supporters of the medical hegemony on this page have not passed any more serious illnesses than the common flu. All MD's i know that got sick themselves used a vide range of alternative methodes.

Please ridicule me or even violently oppose me. I can handle it! :)

PS: John Smith, you should try the zapper yourself insted of talking about things you have not tried. Great device which 65 of my nearest relatives have had a great advantage of. Using so many questionmarks and exclamationmarks in your text tells me you are a man of much frustration. Maybe you have some flukes in your brain which needs to be zapped....hehe! :)

Posted by: Fredrik L.A. on August 16, 2005 07:49 AM


i am a hypertensive and having a high lipid profile too without medicine.I am practicising internal medicine in India for last more than 25 years and is now confused should i start taking the butter again or not.

Posted by: Dr B S Garg on May 23, 2006 03:52 AM


Dr. Garg, please see:

The Benefits of Saturated Fats

Posted by: Chris Gupta on May 23, 2006 07:56 PM


I saw this as logical until I saw the low carb part at the end, 60 of my 3500+ kcal diet is carbohydrates. I wouldn't be able to do a usual 12 mile run or bicycle on the highway for 2 hours straight on a low-carbohydrate diet. And I'm underweight with this diet

Posted by: utz on March 21, 2009 08:35 PM


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