“Ten Years Later, Dietary Science Still Filled with Confusion”
In 2007, I wrote about the fact that we are regularly presented with confusing and conflicted healthcare data. I said, “We are cautioned against breathing pollutant-containing air, eating mercury laced fish, consuming harmful processed sugar, ingesting saturated fats in meats, buying trans-fat-containing snack foods, gulping down any type of fast (junk) food and drinking water with hidden contaminants of hormones, drug residues, pesticides or herbicides. Yet, our average life spans continue to increase. This can be a difficult situation to sort out.“ At Cardiology Update 2017, Salim Yusuf, MD, DPhil, McMaster University, stated, “I’m not a nutrition scientist and that may be an advantage because every week in the newspaper we read something is good for you and the same thing the next week is bad for you.” Yusuf is one of the world’s top cardiologists and believes that many of the major nutrition guidelines regarding dietary fats, salt, carbohydrates, and even vegetables are not supported by scientific evidence. Yusuf’s opinions are based on the findings from the PURE study, a large ongoing epidemiological study of 140,000 people in 17 countries.