Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
Super Phat News on Fats
A nutritional health publication online (www.HealthCastle.com) reports the following fabulous news, and no, they're not kidding:
"Saturated fat is not linked to heart disease after all: In February, U.S. researchers did a meta-analysis of 21 studies involving almost 350,000 subjects, and determined that despite what we've been told, there is no evidence that saturated fat is linked to an increased risk of heart attack. So, there's no need to go for all those "fat-reduced" products like fat-free ice cream, low-fat cheese, low-fat yogurt, low-fat cream cheese, and so on. These fat-free/low-fat versions generally don't taste as good, and they contain more additives to recreate the mouth feel of the removed fat. Stick to the original versions of these foods, and just remember that moderation is always the key."
(Joy to the world. Now, bring on the Brie and the Brillat-Savarin! . And, oh, whole-milk yogurt, which is SO much better-tasting than those skinny, watery "light" ones, and so much more useful for any kind of Middle Eastern food that calls for yogurt...)