Monday, April 16, 2007

AHA's Boorish 'Bad Fats Brothers' Brainwashing

"Sat" and "Trans" make up the heart-breaking "Bad Fat Brothers"

The impetuosity of the American Heart Association (AHA) regarding the dietary information they provide the general public has now reached a new low with the introduction of the cute, jovial, and innocent-looking, but very sinister, spurious, and smug cartoon characters named "Sat" and "Trans"--aka "The Bad Fat Brothers."

Have you seen this new perverted propaganda piece from the anti-fat adversaries at the AHA attempting to hoodwink the general public about how allegedly "unhealthy" consuming fat--specifically saturated fat and trans fat--is in your diet? You are never gonna believe this until you see if for yourself. It sorta reminds me of the Spuddy character that the potato industry created to try to endear people to their unhealthy carb-loaded products.

As the names imply, "Sat" is short for saturated fat and "Trans" is for (you guessed it!) trans fat. These two can't-help-but-love-them chaps go blabbering all about what they love to eat as you navigate around the web site. The purpose of this dynamic duo is to attempt to warn the public about how dangerous it is for them to be consuming all that saturated fat and trans fat lest they "break your heart."

Get a load of this and this to see how disgusting the malicious lies from the AHA have become. How can they get away with flaunting such unfounded statements like these without any recourse?

Standing in front of a diner on a street scene, "Sat" and "Trans" are yucking it up with one another bragging about all the foods they just absolutely love. I couldn't help but notice much of the foods they brag and boast about the most are extremely high in carbohydrate--pot pie, sugary desserts, French fries, doughnuts, biscuits, pancakes, croissants, loaded potatoes, fast food, cookies, double scoop ice cream sundae, and more.

Of course, "Sat"--who describes himself as "the original 'bad' fat"--couldn't help but also talk about having a "big, fat juicy steak with loads of butter and don't forget the sausages." He also lists beef, bacon, and all kinds of other meats as his favorites--as if these foods are supposed to be harmful to your health. The same goes for the "cheese platter...oooh, Swiss and cheddar and Monterey Jack!" Yeah and what's so wrong with eating all of that?

While I certainly do not disagree that trans fat is bad news for your health (although I'm not in favor of the current trend to ban trans fats in cities across America), saturated fat is another issue entirely and has gotten a very bad rap by health policy groups like the AHA, American Diabetes Association (ADA), the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

It is a sad day in America when every kind of fat there is gets lumped together under the guise that it is bad for you. But that message has unfortunately been so hammered down our throats for most of our lives that most people have bought into the lie that eating fat makes your fat (when the research has not shown this to be true!).

And, no, saturated fat does NOT "clog your arteries" as this "Sat" character contends. Actually, just the opposite is true and consuming fat--even SATURATED FAT--is extremely healthy for you (read a thorough explanation why in this blog post).

Keep in mind the wise words of noted low-carb reseracher Dr. Jeff Volek who said that as long as you keep your carbohydrate intake low, fat will be burned and not stored. Even more importantly, though, is what Dr. Volek had to say about this nonsense that saturated fat will "clog your arteries." Not if you are livin' la vida low-carb!

"The same holds true for the atherogenic effects of saturated fat," Dr. Volek said in my interview with him last year. "The body handles saturated fat better when carbohydrates are low."

Let me translate that for you in case you missed it, AHA! If you are consuming a low-carb diet--like butter, cheese, and steak--then the risk to your heart is a non-factor. It's time to face the reality of the nutritional science rather than repeating the same old failed dietary information we've had to put up with for decades. Get with the times already!

Of course, that would mean the AHA would have to swallow some major humble pie to admit they were wrong, so instead they are pushing more of the same with their "Face The Fats" link where the misinformation campaign continues about fat. Sigh. And these are supposed to be semi-intelligent people educating the public about health.

Too bad they couldn't be more wrong if they tried! The AHA's boorish "Bad Fats Brothers" brainwashing is one of the most despicable acts of desperation I've seen in a while from these low-fatties. Do you think they have finally realized the low-fat lie is now on its last leg and they're pulling out all the stops to slow the momentum of the healthy alternative that livin' la vida low-carb has become thanks to the preponderance of the evidence from the mountains of research?

It certainly appears that way to me! How about you? :)

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Blogger Science4u1959 said...

The health- and dietary advice of the ADA is as rancid and detrimental to health as the polyunsaturated fats they so heavily promote.

Useless bloody bureaucrats, that's all they are. I have no respect whatsoever for these pathological liars. The fact that they consistently and systematically ignore hard, undeniable scientific facts and studies is bad and sad enough, but that they keep up these outright LIES at the expense of the health of the unsuspecting populace is the ultimate travesty.

I wish I was outrageously rich... I would sue them for their last penny, until they choke on their bloody soynuts!

4/16/2007 11:14 PM  
Blogger Perpetual Knowledge said...

Hi - Dr. Volek was also involved in a very good book called The Testosterone Advantage Plan. If you haven't read it, it's a very good read. Basically describing why the traditional diet rules don't apply very well to men in particular.

4/17/2007 10:51 AM  
Blogger renegadediabetic said...

And to compound the hypocracy, the AHA puts its "Heart Healthy" stamp of approval on products that contain trans fat. Their "No Fad Diet" book includes foods with trans fat.

Plus, sugar seems to be of no concern. There are plenty of sugary cereals and snacks (some with HFCS no doubt) with the AHA "Heart Healthy" stamp of approval. Since sugar raises triglycerieds and lowers HDL, how can they call all that "Heart Healthy?"

The AHA, just like the ADA, has very little credibility with me. They are more about promoting the interests of their "sponsors" than about improving health.

4/17/2007 10:55 AM  
Blogger Pot Kettle Black said...

Science4U: It's the AHA not the ADA. The AHA is private industry, not public servants (or as you might say Useless Bloody Bureaucrats). The same thing with the ADA, as a matter of fact.

Perpetual: TAP is a good book, but the T is 2g/kg of protein and then 50/50 carb and fat to fill your calories for the day. It is lower carb, but not low (for me, on TAP, I get 195g protein, and somewhere under 195g carbs per day to lose... not low by anyone but the USDA's definition). I have hope for Dr. Volek & Adam Campbell's new book due out soonish.

At some point, far in the future, we might see some kind of Nuremberg trial for Dr. Ornish, the AHA, the ADA and everyone else who flogged the lipid hypothesis when it was clearly not working. That'd be something.

4/20/2007 3:24 PM  
Blogger Ahavah bat Sarah said...

You know, if you just do it God's way - eat all the beef, lamb, goat, buffalo, deer, etc. you want, but don't eat cheese at the same meal with the red meat. If you do it this way, you will never, ever eat too much sat fat or cholesterol. God's a pretty smart - why not try following the user's manual for your body and your life? It might not seem like it's helping from the human perspective, but it couldn't hurt.

4/23/2007 11:06 AM  
Blogger Pot Kettle Black said...

Ahavah bat Sarah: Shalom.

When all the traditions can agree on what God had to say on diet, perhaps I will be convinced. But one suggests no shellfish, and no milk and blood together. Another suggests it's all good. A third suggests nothing sentient. The "user's manual" doesn't translate well and is apparently open to a lot of interpretation (based on the wide range of divinely inspired diets available at your local bookstore).

There are lots of great things to eat that can fit into a healthy nutrient dense diet that are forbidden on your chosen version of God's plan.

4/25/2007 4:09 PM  

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