Hazards of the ‘Low-fat’ Dogma

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), obesity worldwide has more than doubled since 1980. In 2014, over 1.9 billion adults (18 years and older) were overweight – 600 million of them were obese.

That means 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014, and 13% were obese. Furthermore, 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013.

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Why Fatty Foods Do Not Have to Mean ‘Getting Fat’: An Explanation of Human Metabolism

It sounds intuitive: eat food-containing fat, and you will get fat. And yet it simply is not always true. For many people, this is very difficult to grasp, because this principle, this assertion is intuitive.  And as is usually the case, the intuitive always seems to override the actual facts.

Unfortunately, biology is not there to be simplistic.  It teaches us that it is not the fat that we eat … Read More

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Myth and Fat: How One Inaccurate Hypothesis Mislead Public Health Policies for Generations

Dr Ancel Keys (Jan 26, 1904–Nov 20, 2004) was an American scientist who studied the influence of diet on health. He is responsible, almost more than any other individual, for the public health misconception around fats that exists today. Through published work that was vaunted across the world, Dr Keys has had a far-reaching impact on how we think about the role of fats.

When Dr Keys first published his … Read More

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Fats and Mortality: Beginning of the End of a Myth

The conventional wisdom that saturated fats are problematic for human nutrition is simply not credible any more, in the face of increasing scientific evidence. The latest evidence comes from De Souza et al, who have published in the British Medical Journal (http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h3978) looking into saturated fat consumption. I will examine the scientific details in this blogpost – but the important headline is that we, as medical professionals, media, … Read More

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Palm Oil is an Excellent Cooking Oil: Heat-Resistant and Healthy

In an article published recently, The UK Daily Telegraph journalist Robert Mendick wrote about how vegetable oils become toxic when heated, because they release “toxic cancer-causing chemicals”. In this article, five different fats are compared: two saturated fats (coconut oil and butter) and three vegetable, highly-unsaturated oils (extra virgin olive oil, corn and sunflower oil).

It is indeed true that not all fats are equal. It is also true that … Read More

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The Anti-Palm Oil Campaign with No Basis in Science

In November 2012, palm oil definitively entered the French media landscape during parliamentary discussions on what was at the time christened as the so-called ‘Nutella Amendment’ or ‘Nutella Tax’. A prodigious number of articles were published at that time. And, stemming from its omnipresence in the media, palm oil then became a major topic of public debate.

What fertile ground for a smear campaign! Palm oil was accused of everything … Read More

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Misconceptions about Cholesterol and Palm Oil

A classic misconception found with patients with cardiovascular disease, is to eat little cholesterol and little fat. While it has been taboo for many years, this is increasingly discussed, even to the point of being questioned.

Until now, there has been enough interest in cholesterol foods to let the unverified hypothesis grow that “by eating less food with cholesterol, we will end up with less cholesterol in atheroma plaque.”

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My interview following Ségolène Royal’s comments

Following Ségolène Royal anti-palm oil statements, the newspaper Atlantico interviewed me about palm oil. Here are the main ideas that I have developed in this article titled “Nutella to the index: why this recurring resentment against palm oil? “.

The first question reflects the burden of the negative prejudice against palm oil “To what extent is it a bad oil in terms of health? ”

To lift all doubts, it … Read More

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