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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limited (February 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781485089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781485088
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very concise but potent book.
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These are the studies you don't often read about in the media, and of course they're also the studies most doctors have never heard of, much less actually read.
T. Naughton
For anyone who wants to understand why we need more healthy fats in our diet, I recommend this book!
Terry L. Wahls

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By T. Naughton on July 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Have you ever wondered why your great-grandparents ate far more lard, red meat, eggs and butter than people today, yet people in their generation had much lower rates of heart disease? This outstanding little reference book will answer that question. The theory that animal fat and cholesterol cause heart disease was based on flawed and cherry-picked evidence from the beginning. In good science, we don't consider a hypothesis to be validated unless the evidence supporting it is consistent. When you read this book, you'll know how inconsistent the evidence linking fat and cholesterol to heart disease truly is.

The content is exactly what the title promises: a list of 101 studies that dispute the hypothesis that fat and cholesterol cause heart disease, with quite a few of them suggesting that saturated fat and cholesterol are, in fact, good for us. For each study, there's a title, a citation, and a brief summary (with occasional commentary) by Evans.

These are the studies you don't often read about in the media, and of course they're also the studies most doctors have never heard of, much less actually read. You can already guess from the title what the evidence Evans has compiled shows: it's not the fat in our diets that causes heart disease; it's the sugars, refined carbohydrates, processed vegetables oils and other garbage.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ben Fury, CFT on August 1, 2012
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This is an amazing book! The title throws down the gauntlet by making an extraordinary claim, "Cholesterol and Saturated Fat Prevent Heart Disease." Since extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, Evans proceeds to summarize 101 scientific papers that back his claim. Does he succeed? Yes! Evans makes a very strong case that the current advice to limit cholesterol and saturated fat is not only wrong, but in fact increases the burden of disease it purports to protect against. He then makes the incredible jump to claiming that cholesterol and saturated fat actually help prevent heart disease, and backs it up handily.

Evans talks about the long journey he's gone through from being a believer in the "cholesterol and saturated fat cause heart disease" myth, to becoming a skeptic, to finally believing just the opposite. Over the last few years, I've gone through a similar process, and also like the author, I've scoured the science literature to find the truth behind the research. The common knowledge "low fat/high carb eat less/exercise more" dogma has infected science and medicine for 59 years. Ancel Keys' seminal paper in 1953 that started it all, is based on evidence so dubious, it's hard to believe it ever took hold. Yet it did take hold. And once the dogma became "common knowledge", it became career suicide for any researcher to publish findings that opposed it.

If you are a science researcher and insist on seeking the truth about saturated fat, good luck getting funded. If you insist on publishing positive information about saturated fat that contradicts the current dogma, good luck getting published. And woe unto you if you do get published, because you're unlikely to ever get funded again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Scott on September 9, 2012
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As a university-trained consultant nutritionist, addressing the "saturated fat raises cholesterol and therefore causes heart disease" myth seemingly goes with the territory. Whilst there are a few go-to papers to support those of us who aim to dispell such myths, these papers are generally not readable by the lay-person. Beyond that, single papers are too easily dismissed by individuals having their dietary world view challenged in such a way, as well as those health professionals who remain clinging to such dietary dogma. An aim of mine was to one day sit down and write a compilation of all the research supporting the inclusion of saturated fat in the diet, and an interpretation of each study that could be easily read by non-science individuals who may be concerned my advice is setting them up for a heart attack. I now don't have to.

David Evans has done a superb job in pulling 101 such papers together which, collectively, should at the very least allow people to see that the saturated fat-cholesterol link is not a done deal. Surely if it was, then all of the bigger, more robust studies would be pointing in the same direction? As Evan's shows, many of them are - just not in the direction we have been lead to believe.

Whilst by no means a how-to book, it is a book for health professionals wanting this sort of ammunition in one place, and a book for lay-people wanting to ease their anxieties and fears around fat. As the cover suggests, you can leave the table after bacon and eggs smiling!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Terry L. Wahls on September 27, 2012
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The book is as described. It is a collection and brief summary of 101 scientific articles about cholesterol, saturated fats and atherosclerosis. It is part of the growing body of literature that is re-examining the cholesterol causes atherosclerosis dogma. If you are wanting a quick look at the literature this book is for you. He provides succinct summary of study findings. If you are looking for the literature to understand why our great grandparents who ate bacon and eggs for breakfast and had very little heart disease, this book is for you. While I would have liked have seen the abstracts of the articles referenced, I understand why he did not include it in the book. For anyone who wants to understand why we need more healthy fats in our diet, I recommend this book!

Terry Wahls, M.D., author, MINDING MY MITOCHONDRIA: How I overcame secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) and got out of my wheelchair. http://www.amazon.com/Minding-Mitochondria-Secondary-Progressive-Wheelchair/dp/0982175027 and of the TEDx lecture MINDING YOUR MITOCHONDRIA, with over 900,000 views.
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