By Ethan Whiteford
An article on the Business Insider website is going over the “demonizing of fat” of recent public health. The nation decided to shift from fats to sugars back in 1967 when a food industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) bribed three Harvard researchers $6,500 to shift the blame from sugar to fat for causing heart disease. Their final paper was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and from then on set the diet for the US. The article then goes on to say how there was never enough evidence in the first place to curb our consumption of fatty foods. A recent documentary “Fed Up” goes to show this as well. Fed Up also makes the argument that sugar is much worse than fat in today’s obesity and diabetes epidemic.
This article to me was very interesting. I was always very skeptical of being told not to eat fat-rich foods because it was “bad for me.” There are a few examples of foods that are rich in fat and still healthy for you and also many examples of foods that are fat free which are not particularly healthy for you. One example of the former is the avocado. The avocado is a fruit which is extremely fatty( 21 grams in one cup) but is very rich in vitamins and minerals. No one has ever told me to eat less fruit. On the flip side, for example, we have Coke. Coca Cola has zero fat in it but lots of artificial sugars. According to past US diet, coke should be good for you because it is fat-free when in reality, it is the opposite. The article then links sugary sodas to the increasing obesity and diabetes rates in the US. This article relates to class in that we talked about diabetes and public health last Thursday.