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Saturated Fats

Guns, Butter, and The Burden of Proof

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In all of biomedicine, spanning clinical care, medical research, and public health practice, we subscribe to the "precautionary principle." Basically,...

Simple Steps to Looking 10 Years Younger Without Surgery

Anthony Youn, M.D., FACS | Posted 06.06.2016 | Style
Anthony Youn, M.D., FACS

Let's face it. We would all love to look 10 years younger, but the vast majority of us wouldn't go under a plastic surgeon's knife to achieve it. Th...

Diet Study Outcome? Work It; Flip It; Reverse It!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Conclusions about diet study outcomes that are this precarious, that can be worked just a bit, and flipped -- are utterly useless. They are propaganda.

The Fountain of Youth Is On Your Plate

Anthony Youn, M.D., FACS | Posted 04.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Anthony Youn, M.D., FACS

So why does it seem that actors and actresses in Hollywood are defying their ages and looking younger and younger? It's not necessarily plastic surgery. Far from it. In fact, it's the opposite of surgery. They're eating better and taking better care of their skin. And this is something everyone can do.

Truth About Saturated Fat

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.11.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The truth about saturated fat is not unsettled. What is unsettled is: Can we handle the truth?

Should You Avoid Saturated Fats This Thanksgiving?

Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS

If individuals decide to also include some animal-derived foods in their diets, they can do so healthfully. Just ensure that your foods come form sustainable methods, with minimal processing and with production that proceeds in a manner as close to what occurs in nature as possible.

Sugar and Saturated Fat: Feeding the Parasites of Science

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.01.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

But between us and that opportunity are the parasites of science who have no apparent interest in the weight of evidence, and instead feed selectively on studies depending on whether they endorse the opinion they've already decided is true.

Chewing the Fat, Again

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.18.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Among my numerous colleagues, friends, and correspondents are more than a few who circulate every abstract, however obscure the source, suggesting tha...

Ending The Big, Fat Debate

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The cap on dietary fat has, indeed, long outlived any utility it ever had. So, too, has a big, fat debate that has diverted us for far too long to nutrients, from the foods that would be a far more constructive, and healthy focus.

Eating in Echo Chambers

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

One thing is for sure: echoes make for a pernicious diet. There is greater opportunity for us all in the lasting, less aggressive truths that ride the prevailing winds, whispering beneath all of our competing noise. There are better meals out there, too.

Nutrients, Nutritionism, and Historical Nuttiness

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.24.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Recommending for the intake of nuts, but against the fat content of nuts, was always just plain nutty. Failure to learn from the follies of our nutritional history would be even more so.

Is the FDA unKIND?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Chances are, if you have ever ventured just about anywhere outside of your own house, that you are familiar with the increasingly ubiquitous KIND bars...

My Milk Manifesto

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We can take milk, or leave it. Take milk fat, or leave that. Either way, we can have a good diet of wholesome foods in sensible combinations -- or not. But either way, we need to take seriously the reverberations of our dietary choices across the landscape of a shrinking planet, and the legacy of kindness or cruelty by which history will be invited to judge us.

Diet, Dog and Dogma

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Before the committee report is translated into official guidelines, there is a period of public comment.Some of the commentary will be from public health advocates, but much will be from industry. What exact dietary guidelines will emerge from this gauntlet remains to be seen. But given that, I like what I see so far. I think the advisory committee has done a stellar job.

Athletes and Celebrities Are Exploiting Our Youth

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Nicholas Ferroni

As someone who has dedicated his life to preparing his students to live active and full lives, I can't bite my tongue any longer. I can't remain silen...

The Keys to Good Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Rather, leaving aside the swirl of aspersions that likely has Dr. Keys turning in his grave if such things are possible, I simply want to note that his work is...moot. It doesn't matter whether Keys was all right, all wrong, or inevitably -- somewhere in between.

What to Do When Your Food Glows in the Dark

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Perhaps it's an exaggeration to say our food glows in the dark, although I'm not entirely sure. But whether or not they actually phosphoresce, these products are indeed designed to glow. The glowing in question, however, occurs within the dark confines of our skulls.

Revolutionary Way To Be Healthy #3: Rage Against The Machine

Pilar Gerasimo | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Pilar Gerasimo

The more Couric dug into the topic -- for herself, her family, and her audience -- the more she realized that the most essential and scientific truths about the drivers of obesity and disease simply were not reaching the American population.

Does It Have to Be Hard to Be Healthy?

Christina Pirello | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Christina Pirello

I was reading an article in Elle magazine the other day, and I came across an article that pitted two experts on obesity against each other in their o...

Study: Saturated Fat as Bad as Sugar!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Folks, when it comes to food, and food for thought alike, it is mostly stupidity that is killing us. Stupidity is worse for us than either sugar or saturated fat.

Fat: Ending the War That Nobody Started

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The evidence continues to accrue -- with almost surprising frequency -- that we should, indeed, eat less meat, butter, and cheese (before we even factor in the environmental considerations, which frankly we should do). We just shouldn't replace them with donuts, Snackwells and soda.

Will Procrastinate for Pastrami

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Go ahead, eat more meat, butter and cheese. Let me know how it turns out for you. I certainly won't be joining you, despite the current popularity of the proposition.

'There's Just No Doubt' -- Limiting Saturated Fats Helps Your Heart

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Midway through the 20th century, heart disease caused one of every two deaths in the United States. While doctors traced the heart problems to clogged arteries, they didn't know what caused those clogs. It was exactly the kind of riddle Dr. Ancel Keys loved trying to solve.

The Greatest Dietary Guidance? If It Gets Cold, Reheat It!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A column entitled "The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease" appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday. To spare you any guessing about where this is headed, I'll tell you right away: the column itself was pretty darn questionable.

Lurking Truth in Recent Studies

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | Science
David H. Newman, M.D.

Last month a study of siblings found that breastfeeding conferred no health advantages, while a second study declared older paternal age to be associated with psychiatric problems in children. A third study found no link between saturated fats and heart disease. It was a month of unexpected, and sometimes unsettling, science.