Food for thought:
In 1980 the USDA proclaimed that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease and a host of other diseases, now shown to be based on fraudulent data used to cover up the real culprit, sugar. Or more specifically, fructose. Since then, we've reduced our fat and meat intake by 30%, and yet all diseases claimed to be associated with too much fat intake increased dramatically. Cardiovascular disease increased. Autoimmune diseases increased. Obesity tripled. Cancer rates tripled. Type 2 diabetes increased exponentially and now accounts for around two-thirds of the Medicare and Medicaid budget every year, with only 9% of the population diabetic, and 40% pre-diabetic. Think about that for a second.
What else increased at that exact same time? One was dementia, which recent studies show can be protected against by having high LDL cholesterol, the so-called bad cholesterol, and a diet high in saturated fats. This is because, in my opinion, we dramatically reduced or even removed our only source of very long chain fatty acids among other nutrients that are used to build and repair the brain and it's structures, especially in the elderly population who almost always have some sort of heart condition for which they are put on a low fat, "heart healthy" diet.
There's something else that people don't realize; Autism also increased dramatically at this same time. Now there are studies that suggest certain diets such as vegetarianism may exclude certain nutrients that are necessary for proper development, and could lead to Autism. We also see that certain preconception diets protect against Autism. Of the 14 foods found to be protective, 12 are meat or animal based. Also of interest, children with autism have been reducing their symptoms by removing grains and other carbohydrates, as well as sugar. It is my suggestion and opinion that this autism upswing is a direct cause of removing healthy meat and animal fat from our diet and replacing it with sugars and plant based carbohydrates.
It seems funny to me that people will look at the research and evidence showing that fat was used as a scapegoat for sugar back in the 80s and agree that fat was never the problem, and yet they will still avoid fat in their diet and in the diets of their children. At the same time, they will also give their kids candy and sugar-filled treats, even though fructose is metabolized in the exact same way as ethanol, so it's literally like giving your kid a couple shots of whiskey per can of soda. People need to look past everything they've been told growing up to see the evidence at hand, especially when that evidence could save their kids from getting autism and a whole host of other chronic diseases. Just saying.