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The Saturated Fat Studies: Buttering Up the Public



Dairy industry campaign to “neutralize the negative image of milkfat among regulators and health professionals as related to heart disease” seeks to undermine latest guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

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So how did they do it? Sorry for the cliffhanger, but then the next video,
The Saturated Fat Studies: Set Up to Fail ( would have gone from too long to way too long.

For those unfamiliar with Trans Fat in Meat and Dairy ( (and refined vegetable oils), that’s why I made a video about it.

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine “as low as possible” position, echoed by the European Food Safety Authority, is described in my video: Trans Fat, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol: Tolerable Upper Intake of Zero (

What happened when a country tried to put the lower saturated fat guidance into practice? See the remarkable results in Dietary Guidelines: From Dairies to Berries (nutritionfacts.org/video/dietary-guidelines-from-dairies-to-berries).

Don’t think the dietary guidelines process could be undermined by underhanded corporate tactics? Sad but true:
• Dietary Guidelines: Just Say No (
• Dietary Guidelines: The First 25 Years (
• Dietary Guidelines: Science versus Corporate Interest (
• Dietary Guidelines: Advisory Committee Conflicts of Interest (
• The McGovern Report (

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  1. Very interesting video. I don't what chicken contains that much fat shown in the calendar animation. I am from Denmark, and just looked up normal groubd beef of 8-12% fat. I calculated that eating 200 of this meat with 4,3 g of saturated fats per 100 g on a 10000 kj diet only accounts for 3,1 % of total calories. By this logic i could ear substantial amount of meat each day without hitting hitting my daily unhealthy fat limit. Just found it curious where you got 2/7 days of eatinf chicken would exceed the limit of the week. Must be a fat chicken. Otherwise great video.

  2. Another nonsensical bias video from preachy vegans ! Veganism is a religion NOT a science!

    Debunking of :Dr Michael Greger is a strident vegan. The first article claims “Yes, this really is food to help you LIVE LONGER!” book is called “The How Not to Die Cookbook.”
    http://www.zoeharcombe.com/2018/01/food-to-help-you-live-longer/

    1977 McGovern commission report – The birth of the rubbish USDA food pyramid!

    https://youtu.be/fxk1Yhf1vEM

    How Big Government Backed Bad Science and Made Americans Fat: New at Reason

    https://reason.com/blog/2018/05/03/how-big-government-backed-bad-science-an

    The differences between plant and animal proteins
    https://youtu.be/T6D6FKANp8E

    A brief history of why we get fat, why we hate it
    https://youtu.be/Vinqph-g5QI

    Associations of fats and carbohydrate intake with cardiovascular disease and mortality in 18 countries from five continents (PURE): a prospective cohort study

    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)32252-3/fulltext

    The cholesterol and calorie hypotheses are both dead — it is time to focus on the real culprit: insulin resistance ++

    http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/opinion/insight/the-cholesterol-and-calorie-hypotheses-are-both-dead-it-is-time-to-focus-on-the-real-culprit-insulin-resistance/20203046.article

    The cholesterol corundum and root cause solution( technical talk) **

    https://youtu.be/fuj6nxCDBZ0

  3. OK, the major vegan doctors tell us it's ALL fat whether saturated or otherwise in excess of 10% of calories that causes heart disease, and they've got studies to prove it. But then who doesn't have studies to prove anything they want? So, nuts and seeds along with oils are ALMOST as bad as is saturated fat. Is that so? One has to wonder why our mom's milk has more saturated fat than cow's milk? Is her and nature's function to start us on the road to heart disease from the day we're born? OR maybe for six months and up to two years we've been given a special dispensation by God to make all that saturated fat in breast milk temporarily harmless? Then, we also have to wonder WHY every single excess calorie that we eat from carbohydrates is turned into saturated fat and fed back to us on a daily basis during low level activities , between meals and while we sleep. Has God decided to give us heart disease? You would have thought that maybe those carbs should have been turned into omega three fat instead of saturated fat. I guess millions of years of natural selection isn't working that well? So, it isn't just big pharma, big food, and our doctors in a conspiracy trying to kill us. Somehow the powers that be have also gotten to mom, our body and God in order for them to participate in trying to kill us with a lifetime ingestion of saturated fat.

  4. Thanks for clearing it up. I read The China Study seven years ago (as a lifelong vegetarian considering going vegan) and felt convinced, but then I saw internet trolls talking about how 'everyone knows that has been debunked', and I wondered if I was biased. That's happened many times since. I consume quality content such as Nutrition Facts videos, which are obviously evidence-based, that support a plant-based diet, and then I see all this counter-media that claims the opposite. I am a vegan now primarily because it feels right, and so I want to be aware of my own bias, but my critical thinking also supports the decision. Then I hear intelligent people I know talking about how now "we" know eggs and cheese are good for us and I wonder if I'm deluded? Anyway, thanks!

  5. You're right dairy industry pamphlet, milk is nature's most perfect food–if you're a baby cow! I know dairy as an industry had to come from some where, but it just baffles me how they make milk out to be this product designed to improve human health went it is the completely opposite. There is a way better case for saying that about meat because people actually used it to survive at one point. Yet milk is entirely superfluous for humans but it's touted as the most wholesome healthy thing ever!

  6. To be honest it's the processed foods, factory farmed animals, and rancid industrial seed oils causing chronic inflammation of the body leading to all of the lifestyle diseases. Eat a whole foods plant based diet to ebb inflammation. A little dairy or grassfed/pastured/
    butchered meat isn't going to hurt you, such as the Okinawans who eat up to 5% meat/Fish. It's having a largely plant based diet that going to save you from chronic disease.

  7. I disagree strongly. If you look at history, it tells a different story..  before 1900 the American diet was loaded (!) with saturated fatty acids e.g. butter, eggs, cream, meat, organ meats, bonebrothes, raw (!) milk and ALL the western disseases where uncommon. I agree there are a lot of cofounders for the horrible health situations we are in now (like sugar, processed carbohydrates, physical activity, stress, poisonous additives, trans fatty acids, oxided fatty acids, general pollution etc.)

  8. Buttering up the public? The author of this video seems to be so bent against fat that he does not bear in mind that 80% of the human brain is made up of SATURATED FAT AND CHOLESTEROL as the nerve cell threadlike extensions (axons) is covered by a myelin layer. What is myelin? SATURATED FAT!! Why multiple sclerosis patients can not walk and Alzheimer patients lose their memories? because the myelin layer on their nerve cell projections start to melt down, that is to say, their brain start to lose the vital saturated fat and cholesterol! Human kind evolved eating meat and saturated fat from the prey the hunted! We are designed by evolution to consume animal products!!!! Wise up!!

  9. The truly crazy part is how the dairy industry gets "Eat butter" on the front cover of Time magazine. And people think the US media is not corrupt to the core. LOL

  10. This is just more left wing faggot bullshit. Dr. Bernstein has no connection to the meat or dairy industry is an impecable scientist and can either cite or has developed a great deal of compelling evidence that shows there is no link between fats and heart attack or any other chronic disease but shows that their is link between high blood sugars, diabetes, and a host of other chronic illnesses including heart disease, obesity and cancer. Dr. Bernstein and a number of other scientists over the past two millenia have conclusively proven that high carbo vegan diets that faggots, animal rights activists, and other left wing secular religionists including the communist homosexuals at the Center for Scientists and the Public Interest are pushing on the American people cause diabetes and high blood sugars. The faggot asshole fuckers at the Center for Science and Public Interests need to pour themselves a nice big cup of shut the fuck up and the all the sheeples and lemming need to stop being mesmerized and hypnotized every time atheist left wing pro homosexual groups like the Center for Science in the Public Interest use the word science. Their positions aren't scientific just because they don't believe God and believe fucking other people up the ass is good for you. Saturated fats don't cause heart attacks. Cows don't cause global warming. You don't pick your gender but you do pick you have sex with unless you are being raped. Sticking your cock up someone's ass isn't love, its abuse.

  11. I'm confused by this. I increased my saturated fat intake – including eating butter and full fat milk. I also reduced my carb intake quite significantly. The result is that my bad cholesterol has gone down, my HDL cholesterol has gone up and I've lost weight – Why?

  12. In the 1970s, obesity rates were only about 2% in Britain and people ate a high fat diet. By 2014, and following over thirty years of dodgy low-fat advice, obesity had soared to a massive 28.5%. The facts speak for themselves.

  13. I'm listening to this and the points seem to be 1) It's a conspiracy by the dairy producers, err, ok… 2) Reducing saturated fats reduces trans fats.. well, not really: 100g of butter is only 3% trans fat and over 50% saturated fat 3) Rest talks about cheese, pizza, sausages etc – I believe it is true for those, but seems irrelevant as the the research/articles quoted are focusing on butter

  14. I don't care about editorials. I want the science. Why saturated fat is good or bad. That would be much more helpful than pushing an opinion one way or another.

  15. You guys are not good scientists at all.  You all believe that a plant based diet is good, and base all your beliefs on that theory.
    A good scientist believes what the real evidence says, and does not cherry pick evidence to support an existing belief or mindset.
    Believe me, if the real evidence supported a vegetarian or low fat lifestyle, I would agree with you all.  I have studies both sides of this argument like a good scientist should with an open mind.  The vegetarian and low fat anti saturated fat arguments just do not stand up to real scientific scrutiny or common sense in my opinion.
    If I am wrong, provide some real evidence.  You can change my mind because it is open.

  16. The American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, The USDA, Mayo Clinic all still say that saturated fat is bad for you.  The US government subsidizes studied to prove saturated fat is bad, to no avail.
    Most doctors still believe the dogma. 
    My belief that saturated fats are good is based on the evidence, not what the miniscule promotional campaigns of the dairy industry say.

  17. "Low Fat Diet darn near killed me!!!! After my heart scan in 1998 my cardiologist put me on low fat diet and 80 mg Lipitor per day

    After that I had only 2 pieces of red meat a year, for me it was skim milk, whole grains, no butter, eggs, or cheese, I ate chicken without skin, lots of fish and pasta – Dr said I should have 5 stars as I got my LDL down to 90 – Diagnosed type 2 diabetic spring 2002 told to stay on AHA-ADA low fat diet diet – I did have trouble controlling blood sugar and blood pressure –

    In July of 2003 Dr. was so pleased with my cholesterol numbers he wrote me a letter congratulating me and went on to say that if I kept up following his recommendations I probably would not have to worry about any cardiovascular problems – 2 MONTHS LATER I HAD A QUADRUPLE BYPASS!!! WHAT THE HECK????

    The surgeon who did the bypass remarked "I DON'T KNOW WHEN THESE DRS ARE GOING TO GET IT – IT'S THE SUGARS AND CARBS NOT THE SATURATED FAT, RED MEAT, BUTTER, FULL CREAM MILK, OR CHEESE – AND I HAVE BEEN TELLING THEM THAT FOR OVER 11 YEARS"!

    After the bypass I started doing my own research – and switched to low carb high fat and gained control of blood pressure and sugar."

    To read more reviews…

    The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Big-Fat-Surprise-Healthy/product-reviews/1451624425/ref=cm_cr_dp_qt_hist_five?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addFiveStar&showViewpoints=0

  18. Totally true! That just one of the reason of why i begun vegan. One year yet and i still not been sick, even any cold or flu. Before i was getting sick like 20 times at year.

  19. People have been eating butter and dairy fat for ~8500 years, the rates of heart disease increased with the increase in the consumption of Vegetable oils with tons of trans fats, and Polyunsaturated fats that oxidize and cause inflammation. Saturated fat consumption went down in favour of polyunsaturated fats, yet heart disease increased. There is nothing to debunk about saturated fat being harmful, as there was no evidence to show it in the first place. Check out the studies in the 80-s which they based it on. Not that I suggest that its great, but many people are on a Ketogenic diet eating 200 g of fat daily mostly saturated, they can continue to do this for years, if saturated fat would clog their arteries they would be dead within a few weeks, stop putting out misinformation. Butter up for health guys.

  20. Manipulating and lion for the purpose of corporate profit, profits before health.
    People like to hear good news about there bad habits even if they know it's a lie.

  21. People who think dairy is good for them have been brainwashed from an early age. It is okay, I used to be one of these people and can freely admit it. It's just when I read the science, I changed from bad to good habits.

  22. What is even worse than anything you consume are carbohydrates/sugar that raise your level of insulin which have been validated to increase inflammation. Fats can heal, sugars can damage your system. Sugars are the culprit! Do your research.

  23. The human body makes saturated fat through a process called de novo lipogenesis. It is extremely suspicious that Dr. Greger consistently avoids that nutrition fact.

  24. Very interesting. I'm just wondering what Grain-based desserts (some items below pasta) are doing on the cholesterol raising foods list!?

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