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SWISS RE: DIETARY GUIDELINES A ‘FAILED HUMAN EXPERIMENT’

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By Marika Sboros

Global reinsurer Swiss Re is calling for radical reform of low-fat, high-carb dietary guidelines. The call follows global investment bank Credit Suisse’s damning report on the guidelines in 2015. Swiss Re devotes its last medical newsletter of 2016 to a research demolition job of the guidelines.

In it, Swiss Re Chief Medical Officer Dr John Schoonbee calls the guidelines a “failed human experiment” over decades.

Credit Suisse is a $23 billion a year company with 48,000 employees. Swiss Re is even bigger at $35 billion with under 13,000 employees. These are big players in global financial markets. So, what’s in it for them to research and take sides in the scientific controversy around low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diets? A former Swiss Re head of health underwriting and claims explains.



CREDIT SUISSE FIGHTS FAT PHOBIA, BOOSTS BUTTER

By Marika Sboros
It’s no surprise that global investment bank Credit Suisse is fighting dodgy science behind fat phobia. Its research arm, the Credit Suisse Research Institute, has produced an extensive report, Fat: The New Health Paradigm. Global head of equity research and report author Stefano Natella says the conclusions have “distinct implications for investors”.

The Institute works with distinguished experts, academics, institutions and a global network of 400 analysts. The report authors considered data on saturated fat intake – in this case butter, lard and palm and coconut oil. They conclude that the evidence shows that saturated fat intake poses “no risk to our health and particularly to the heart”.

That’s a big change to conventional low-fat “wisdom” that some doctors and dietitians regularly dish out to patients. Here’s why: