Saturated Vs Polyunsaturated Fats: How Health Consensus Was Reached

The history of animal fats and so-called ‘vegetable oils’ is one guided by passionate scientists, industry financing, and powerful institutions. Testing the theory In the 1950s, biologist Ancel Keys created the ‘diet-heart hypothesis’, the theory that saturated fat consumption causes heart disease. A prolific researcher, Keys was always careful to state that his epidemiological studies only showed anContinue reading “Saturated Vs Polyunsaturated Fats: How Health Consensus Was Reached”

The Origin of The Low-Fat Diet

The history of the low-fat diet recommendations is rich with interesting characters, powerful institutions and twisted studies. A funding explosion In the 1940s, the American Heart Association (AHA) went from a small unfunded group, to an extremely well funded one, when Procter and Gamble (P&G) awarded them a million dollar prize, the equivalent of $17 millionContinue reading “The Origin of The Low-Fat Diet”

How Ancel Keys Created The Diet-Heart Hypothesis

The idea that saturated fat is unhealthy is assumed to be common sense, but this theory has only been in existence since the 1950s, when biologist Ancel Keys created it. Built on fear Americans were terrified of heart disease, a scary new killer suddenly taking men in their prime. The theory at the time wasContinue reading “How Ancel Keys Created The Diet-Heart Hypothesis”

Human Nutrition Basics

Are you looking to understand what our bodies need to survive at a basic level? Then this is the article for you! Overview Our body needs fuel to make energy, and materials to repair and build. Our body uses both fats and carbohydrates for energy. Our body uses protein to repair and build new cellsContinue reading “Human Nutrition Basics”

Is tallow an unhealthy saturated fat?

What is tallow? Tallow is a natural animal fat obtained from beef or mutton fat. The fat is rendered (purified by heating and removing impurities) then cooled to form a white fat that is solid at room temperature. Tallow is a stable fat which can be stored without refrigeration for extended periods, as long asContinue reading “Is tallow an unhealthy saturated fat?”