Originally Posted by Temple_Grandin
Haha, guilty as charged!
Do butt in, what's your opinion on the subject?
Is it wise to advise people to not reduce their saturated fat intake as a healthy eating strategy?
hmmm... My advice to the average joe (no background medical issues etc considered) would always be to be carb conscious (ie. zero processed sugar, low sugar fruits only and small amounts of wholegrains - 2 portions a day and only 1 of them a flour product if they were someone prone to weight gain)and to stick to unporcessed organic and preferably free range meats, fish and eggs without paying much attention to how much sat fat they take in.
I'm not a fan of dairy at all so in that sense I would
be against a high sat fat food, but I have no problem with sensible amounts of good quality meat and eggs. So I guess its wise to advise against certain sat fat foods and not others, but it hasn't really got much to do with the type or amount of fat in them rather I just don't think milk and it's products are appropriate for humans beyond human breast milk as a child.
I think the cholesterol thing is a bit of a joke at this stage and am fairly sure the saturated fat thing is too the more I learn about it, but that being said I'm not the best person to judge at this stage in my education I've a hell of a lot to learn before I can fly against the wind as you do.
It would depend on the person too though and how clued up they were, like corkcomp said if I were to say that to the wrong person they might go off and start eating fries 3 times a day with no veg or fruit (I lived with a guy for a year who did exactly
that and his diet was supplemented only by huge amounts of beer every night
) and ignore the advice that didn't
appeal to them (ie. the masses of vegetables part)
This is the issue as far as public health goes is how much can we trust people to use the advice appropriately without ruining their health.
At the end of the day your average joe doesn't give much of a damn about what he puts in his mouth as long as it tastes good so it's not realistic to expect people to eat as well as the likes of people on this forum would so even the most up to date knowledge we have about these things could be construed into a very dangerous message in the minds of the public. Hence the far from ideal food pyramid.
I think a moderate fat and moderate carb approach is most sensible for losing weight and general health and that a focus on quality and unprocessed foods is the most important thing without focusing too heavily on exact quantities of one macronutrient or another. If you ask me it should be micronutrient intake (ie. nutrient density) we should be concerned about.
I'm starting to be fairly concerned about gluten the more I look into it and I think there's a lot to be said for some of the research done in that area too and it that sense advocating a high carb low fat diet could be a serious no no.
I personally am always unsure of veg oils as you never really
know what they've had done to them before you get them. I mean even sitting around on the supermarket shelves in sunlight and more than likely having a huge surface area exposed to the air during the pressing, filtering and bottling process is a scary thought.
I personally use coconut fat for cooking, I think stable saturated fat is a safer option than polyunsaturated and low quality veg oils for cooking at least.
It's a terribly tricky situation really, how do we make sure we only get clean, non-rancid and good quality fats in our diets without going too low fat or too high (so as we end up obese).
Communnicating any nutritional advice to the public is so risky too as they are prone to cherry pick the advice that they like and ignore the rest.
If people actually had the time and motivation to cook their food from scratch and only used wholefood ingredients I don't think we'd have to worry so much about RDA's and precise guidlines for the exact amounts of each nutrient to be healthy.
I don't think this post is going to make any sense and I don't think I really answered you question, sorry!
I barely know what
I think anymore, the more I learn the more dissilussioned I become with everything I thought I knew and have been taught and I'm going to be a qualified in 4 months.