Fat Is Still Bad For You

FAT IS STILL BAD FOR YOU….The big health news today is that you don’t have to worry about fat. Except, not really:

“Just switching to low-fat foods is not likely to yield much health benefit in most women,” said Marcia Stefanick, a professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, chairwoman of the steering committee for the Women’s Health Initiative study.

“Rather than trying to eat ‘low-fat,’ women should focus on reducing saturated fats and trans fats,” the so-called bad fats, while maintaining their intake of “good” fats, such as vegetable, olive and fish oils.

Apparently this applies to men as well, but who cares? Cutting back on fat isn’t all that hard. It’s cutting back on saturated fat (mostly from meat) and trans fats (mostly from processed foods) that’s hard, and if those things are still bad for you then nothing much has changed. I sure hope people don’t read these stories and think “Yippee! I don’t have to worry about what I eat anymore!”

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation