Writing on Vice.com, Markham Heid details the “biggest mistake in modern medical history” – the dietary guidelines released in the 1980s villainizing fat and pushing for higher carbohydrate foods.
Heid highlights the surprisingly little amount of evidence supporting the low-fat, high-carb push and points to a recent report revealing that sugar industry lobbyists even funded research in the 1960s with the goal of linking fat and cholesterol to heart disease (and downplaying the role of sugar, obviously).
The whole article can be read here, and it’s worth the time.
Perhaps the best quote came from Robert Lustig, a neuroendocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco:
This advice [to avoid fat] allowed the food industry to go hog-wild promoting low-fat, carb-heavy packaged foods as ‘light’ or ‘healthy,’ and that’s been a disaster for public health.Robert Lustig, Neuroendocrinologist at University of California, San Francisco