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Old 05-24-2012, 07:01   #1
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Could it be good for the heart and bad for the brain? Some Fats May Harm the Brain More - NYTimes.com

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My reaction is the study was poorly done and therefore should be ignored...

They used a single food questionnaire (which are notoriously biased and inaccurate) at the beginning of the study. It wasn't a controlled study, they get to pick the questions and how to categorize the foods, they assumed that whatever you ate that week is representative of how you will eat for the next few years, etc.

When I see a nutritional study, I ask myself a few questions:
* Was it a metabolic ward study?
* Were people properly randomized into groups?
* Did the researchers truly control the variables so that they were studying just one?
* What was the nutritional composition of each group? Often they will feed people god awful foods, call that a "high fat diet" when really they were stuffing them full of vegetable oil and corn.

From all this they magically linked saturated fat (big surprise) to mental decline over the course of the study. However having seen the questions in these studies you can bet when the respondent said they eat pizza 3x a week they were put into the saturated fat category, not the carbohydrate category (if there even was one)!

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Could it be good for the heart and bad for the brain? Some Fats May Harm the Brain More - NYTimes.com
Were they consuming their sat fat with CARBS? There is no indication of what else they were eating!

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Yes, I had the same question about the carbs plus fat combination.

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It's utter nonsense. They've tried this same garbage many times before. The single biggest "confounder" is "health consciousness" which of course is unaccounted for when they only look at a few variables.

In today's propaganda environment, saturated fat consumption equates to LESS caring about one's health, less "compliance", less doing what is good for you, etc. When you look deeper, you invariably find that this same group also featured higher rates of smoking, drinking, lower rates of exercise, etc. etc. SOME of their advice is actually useful and this group are those who don't follow health advice GENERALLY.

Pure and utter garbage and yes it definitely should be ignored.

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I tend to ignore most studies these days because the science is so flawed that they should be embarrassed to even have publicized the results. I go with what makes my meter happy.

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From what I have read, Lots of Carbs + Lots of Fat = bad health, remove one and things improve dramatically, either the fat or the carbs but not both.

Neighbor had me over along with another neighbor for dinner last Friday. I broght a big tray of roasted, mashed Cauliflower with bacon bits and cheese on top. It was wonderful. They all liked it and asked what was in it. Cream cheese, Butter, Sour Cream, Coconut oil, Bacon bits, and Cheddar cheese. Comments from around the room, Thats not good for you, could you find anything else thats bad for you to put in it, I replied simply, its all good for me.

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