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Pulling a 180

By Marcus | In Nutrition | on November 13, 2013

We’ve posted before on how misguided the conventional wisdom is regarding saturated fat, and it’s been disappointing to see low- or non-fat items still so heavily promoted. Of course, in between ads for highly refined foods are commercials talking about statins.

Perhaps that is why I found it so refreshing to see an article in which a cardiologist had written for a medical journal, speaking out against the status quo. If you follow our nutrition posts, this is probably going to sound familiar:

Butter, cheese and even red meat are not as bad for the heart as has been maintained, a cardiologist has said in a leading medical journal, adding that it is time to “bust the myth” of saturated fat.

Aseem Malhotra, interventional cardiology specialist registrar at Croydon University hospital, London, also argues that statins have been over-prescribed because of the government’s obsession with lowering cholesterol in an attempt to reduce heart disease – and that the side-effects outweigh the benefits for millions of people who take them every day.

Trans-fats found in many fast foods, bakery goods and margarine are indeed a problem. But saturated fats in milk, cheese and meat are another matter.

He goes on to observe that the advice that has been doled out over the years has in fact increased the risk of heart disease. Malhotra comments that saturated fat can in fact be protective, and many of the common sources of saturated fat contain other beneficial nutrients, such as vitamin D, calcium and phosphorous. Instead, “people have wrongly embraced low-fat products thinking they are better for their health or will help them lose weight, when many are full of sugar”.

It may still be some time before we see the average doctor realize that the infamous Ancel Keys study was highly flawed. However, it’s a good thing to see more in the medical profession starting to question what so many accept as fact.


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WOD 11.13.13

Back Squat 3×5

AMRAP 9

  • 1 Strict Handstand Push Up (sub ring dips)
  • 1 Strict Pull Up
  • 10 Pistols
  • 2 HSPU
  • 2 PU
  • 10 Pistols
  • 3
  • 3
  • ….

No crashing head on mats. Any crashing, kipping, or hand adjusting while your head is on the floor will incur 5 burpees.

2 Comments to "Pulling a 180"

  • Nathalia says:

    November 13, 2013 at 4:12 PM -

    Awesome post as always Marcus.
    Since starting at CI, I’ve begun reading / following a few of the main ancestral health proponents but I must say the more I get into it the more I’m getting confused about paleo vs. primal vs. Whole30 vs. I don’t know what. Would be interested to hear your take on it…. as long as you tell me I can still eat cheese :)

  • CrossFit Intrepid » Cholesterol Conundrum says:

    November 20, 2013 at 6:03 AM -

    […] Last week, I posted about how some doctors are starting to see the light when it comes to saturated fat. Coincidentally, some new cholesterol guidelines were hitting the news at the same time. The news report I saw had experts predicting much greater numbers of people being prescribed statins, in greater dosage, as part of the fallout of these new recommendations. […]

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