By Marika Sboros
It is official: Harvard scientists say butter is not back. Saturated fat will kill you. Fat phobia is back – with a vengeance.
The scientists from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Brigham Women’s Hospital don’t say that in quite so many words. Those are just implications of conclusions in their new study in the JAMA Internal Medicine.
They say the more saturated fat you eat, the shorter you’re likely to live. The more unsaturated fat you eat, the longer your days on this planet. They say you should replace saturated fats, such as butter, lard, and fat in red meat, and trans fats with unsaturated fats from plant-based foods, such as olive oil, canola oil, and soybean oil. They say this should “continue to be a key message in dietary recommendations”.
They say their study is “further support” for the 2015-2020 US dietary guidelines – that are high in carbs and low in saturated fats (HCLF). But is this study really a fatal blow to the science behind low-carb, high-fat (LCHF)?