This dangerous myth, which came from an unproven theory in the 50s, has been harmful to people's health for around 40 years now. In 2002, the following misguided statement, which embodies this myth, was issued by the 'expert' Food and Nutrition Board: "Dietary cholesterol and saturated fats have no known role in prevention of chronic disease and aren't required in the diet." Similarly, according to National Academies Institute of Medicine, adults should get 45-65% of calories from carbohydrates, 10-35% from protein, and 20-35% from fat. This is totally opposite to the ideal carb to fat ratio and almost guarantees an increased risk of disease. A diet that derives 50-85% of daily calories from healthful fats benefits most people. However, you only need very few carbohydrates for good health. Although this amount of fat might seems a lot, fat contains lots of calories, and will therefore take the smallest volume of space on your plate. In fact, saturated fats from vegetable and animal sources are building blocks for cell membranes and various hormones and hormone-resembling substances, without which the body can't function properly. Fats also act as carriers for fat-soluble vitamins K, E, D and A and are needed for absorbing minerals, making vitamin A from carotene, and several other vital biological processes. In addition, saturated fat is the ideal fuel for the heart. Good sources of this healthy fat include avocados, raw dairy, organic pastured egg-yolks, grass-fed or finished meats, unheated organic nut oil, butter made out of raw organic milk, coconut and coconut oil, raw nuts (especially macadamia) and raw seeds.
Myth 1: Saturated Fats Cause Heart Disease (Saturated Fats are Needed in the Diet)
Myth 2: Artificial Sweeteners are Healthy Replacements for Sugar - (They are Dangerous Chemicals)
Artificial sweeteners are used by most people to lose weight or by diabetics who need to avoid sugar. Ironically, almost all the studies today prove that these sweeteners add even more weight than caloric sweeteners. Studies also indicate that artificial sweeteners might be worse for diabetics than sugar. In 2005, a 25-year San Antonio Heart research concluded that drinking diet soft drinks increased the risk of significant weight gain than regular soda. Generally, each diet soda consumed per day by the participants increased their chances of getting overweight by 65% within the next 7-8 years and increased their risk of becoming obese by 41%. There are many potential reasons for this: