Fat Section


Why they were wrong about fat

There are a series of "What I've Learned" videos that you can find on You Tube. They are short and to the point. This one is a good summary of the fat/diet/cholesterol controversy.

But What about Cholesterol

Again another good video from the WIL (what I've learned) series of videos.

Dave Feldman: How eating fat affects LDL

In the body fat (= triglycerides) is transported in the blood by lipoproteins.  LDL which is supposed to be the bad cholesterol is a lipoprotein.  We were told that if you eat a lot of saturated fat your LDL will go up.  It turns out that the opposite is true.

Peter Attia on why was fat demonized

If you are going to cut out the carbs you have to add in the fat. This video by Peter Attia discusses the fact that the evidence for the demonization of fat was not very good. Peter is in the process of writing a book ... I can't wait to read it.

Nina Teicholz: The Big Fat Surprise

Nina Teicholz is also an investigative journalist (like Gary Taubes) and she wrote the book "The Big Fat Surprise:  Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet". The book is about how the low fat food guidelines came about and why the government got it wrong.  It is a very well written book.

The Structure of Fats

This is a good video except for the end where it says that if you eat a diet high in saturated fat it will increase your LDL (the so called bad cholesterol).  This is not necessarily true as Dave Feldman has shown in a video higher up on this page.

How Fats Are Digested

This video and the next video shows how ingested fats are processed in the intestine and then get delivered to different parts of the body for storage or burning.

How fats are transported in the body

This video is a continuation of the previous video. It also shows how the liver produces fat from sugar.

Lipoprotein Metabolism

This is a good summary of what lipoproteins (which include LDL and HDL) do.

Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids and Inflammation

This video is a bit technical but if you really want to know why the Omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are good for you, and why Omega 6 fatty acids are inflammatory, then you should watch it.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Heart Disease

Omega 3 fats provide protection against heart disease - specifically the Omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA.  You must, however, take these fats as supplements of fish oil or by eating fatty fish.  The body does not do a good job of converting the main dietary non aquatic source of Omega 3 fat (alpha linolenic acid) into DHA and EPA.