Top 10 things that health authorities got wrong, by request.

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1. Pride of place must go to saturated fat as a putative contributor to coronary heart disease.

From this mistake, many others follow.

Though they're still pounding on this drum, we now know that saturated fat is NOT associated with heart disease.…
2. Meat

Despite all the propaganda, vegetarians do not live longer than meat eaters.

A recent review published by the Annals of Internal Medicine found the evidence against meat so weak that we need not change our meat-eating habits.…
3. Seed oils

AKA vegetable oils, they long said we should be consuming them instead of saturated fat.

A recent reanalysis of buried data found that when corn oil was consumed to lower cholesterol, it worked, but also raised the death rate.…
4. Sun

They told us to avoid the sun because of skin cancer risk, forgetting that there are benefits from the sun.

People who actively avoid the sun have double the death rate of those who get good exposure.…
5. Salt

They told us to avoid salt, as a blood pressure risk.

But lower salt intakes are associated with higher death rates.
6. Carbohydrates

A logical corollary of eating less saturated fat is to eat more carbohydrates.

But eating more carbs is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease.
7. Grazing

Still widely promoted, eating small meals regularly was thought to promote better metabolism, but we now know better.

Time-restricted eating is better for health…
8. Eat less, move more to lose weight

Still standard dogma, it's been a failure for too many reasons to get into.

Low carb diets virtually always outperform calorie counting
9. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

This slogan was cooked up by food companies

There's no good evidence that breakfast is important for body weight or health…
10. Drink a lot of water all day

This one has led to people carrying water bottles at all times, despite the fact that there's no scientific evidence to support it.…
Maybe it's arguable whether some others belong in the top ten or not, but these will do, I suppose.

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