Food For Thought #1

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From the November 2014 Issue of Today's Dietitian, Saturated Fat: Not So Bad or Just Bad Science? By Marsha McCulloch, MS, RD, LD

Katz, who coauthored a 2014 review of dietary patterns that are best for health in Annual Review of Public Health,14 says: "There is no one nutrient that's responsible for all health ills, and there is no one nutrient that will make us healthy. It really is the overall dietary pattern. Dietary patterns consistently associated with good health tend to be low in saturated fat—but not because they focus on saturated fat—rather, it's because they're made up of the most nutritious foods preferentially. Those foods tend to be low in saturated fat just as they are low in salt and sugar and free of trans fat and so forth. Those foods are also minimally processed and close to nature, including vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. There is no pixie dust involved. There is no magic formula, and there is no scapegoat. Wholesome foods in sensible combinations could be our salvation."

So simple, so true!

What do you think about our tendency to villainize (and often later retract our condemnation) a single nutrient rather than focus on overall diet quality?