Cardiologist: Eat Fat, Lots of It

Written by Dr. Jack Wolfson
Posted April 12, 2016

Fat is your friend...

I know it goes against everything you've been told for decades (especially by cardiologists like myself), but the facts and in, and fat is healthy.

Researchers divided 40 overweight men and women into two groups: a low-carb diet group and a low-fat diet group. They were followed for 12 weeks.

Here is what they found:

  • The low-carb diet lowered triglycerides 3x as effectively as low fat. Lower trigs equals lower heart attack and stroke risk.
  • Insulin levels were cut in HALF by the low-carb diet and by 6% by the low-fat diet.
  • Inflammation was dramatically cut (46%) by the low-carb diet. Only 13% reduction in inflammation was noted for the low-fat diet group.
  • A measurement of blood flow called “flow-mediated dilation” increased from 5.1% to 6.5% in the low-carb diet group (this is good) and decreased from 7.9 to 5.2% in the low-fat diet group (this is bad).

According to the authors, “These findings show that a 12-week, low-carbohydrate diet improves postprandial vascular function more than a LFD in individuals with atherogenic dyslipidemia.”

Low-fat diets are an idea that was proposed in the 1960’s and stand against everything that common sense would tell us...

Cows Love Fat

“What are you talking about Dr. Wolfson? Cows eat grass.”

That part I obviously agree with. But the fermentation tank of the cow’s stomachs digests all that grassy fiber and are then converted to fatty acid and THEN absorbed. This is done by the bacteria in the cow’s digestive tract. Cows have a 55-gallon tank called the rumen.

Humans do not work this way. We do not convert that fiber into fatty acids. We need to consume fat.

So you can feel good about eating your meat, seafood, nuts, seeds, eggs, avocados, and olives. Of course, they’re always organic produce and from ethically raised animals.

Save the grain (wheat, rye, barley, spelt, buckwheat) for the cows. On second thought, ‘let them eat grass!’

Dr. Jack Wolfson

Senior Editor, Clear Health Now

Dr. Jack Wolfson DO, FACC is a board-certified cardiologist who believes bad nutrition and toxins create heart health problems. He prevents and treats cardiovascular disease with good nutrition, not medicines and treats the whole person, not just the symptoms.

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Metabolism. 2009 Dec;58(12):1769-77. doi: 10.1016/j.metabol.2009.06.005. Epub 2009 Jul 25.
Effects of dietary carbohydrate restriction versus low-fat diet on flow-mediated dilation.

Volek JS1, Ballard KD, Silvestre R, Judelson DA, Quann EE, Forsythe CE, Fernandez ML, Kraemer WJ.


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