The long term myth that eating too much of margarine could be bad for health has now been busted. All the so called experts who have been advising us for decades to stay away from the different types of saturated fats have gone silent. There was a study funded by the British Heart Foundation which led to such a drastic outcome. The complete research involved a total of about 72 studies which was conducted on about 600,000 people and led to the conclusion that consumption of fat and fatty food products did not in any way pose a threat of coronary heart disease among the people. The conclusion drawn also suggested that a review of 2010 which proposed that heart diseases are not associated with saturated fat was correct.
One of the main researches who took part in the study Dr Rajiv Chowdhury suggested that standard advices regarding healthy food habits need to be redesigned again. He said, “These are interesting results that potentially stimulate new lines of scientific inquiry and encourage careful reappraisal of our current nutritional guidelines.” He further went on to describe that if the amount of saturated fats present in our diet be replaced by excess amounts of carbohydrates in the form of potatoes, white rice or even white bread, or by using refined salts and sugars which are present processed food, will cause harm to your body. This could be an ominous warning for all people who mostly consume starchy foods.
Jeremy Pearson, a noted professor of the British Heart Foundation said that “there is not enough evidence to be firm about [healthy eating] guidelines, but no, the findings did not change the advice that eating too much fat is harmful for the heart”. He also mentioned that some amounts of saturated fat were one thing which everyone must try and make a part of their balanced diet as well as a healthy lifestyle.
In the past there were several instances which showed that orthodox nutritional advices were so misleading and unhealthy to us. One such weird advice that experts fed us not so long ago was that we should never consume more than two chicken eggs in a single week. This was based on some unverified facts that eggs contained certain cholesterol which would cause massive health issues for our hearts. But this valuable advice was thrown into the bin when researchers and scientists came up with a study which showed that the cholesterol which was present in the egg had almost no effect on our blood cholesterol. The results of such restriction on the consumption of egg were completely negative on all sectors. Egg sellers faced lots of hardships and troubled times during this period and also the common people were not able to consume such a nutrient packed, natural and affordable food source. Instead of this they consumed large amounts of processed and artificial food products which did more harm than good.
The most important part of a healthy diet which is to avoid eating processed food is still nowhere to be found in any of the government created nutritional guidelines. But this is the pivotal point when it comes to defining a healthy as well as wholesome diet. Until and unless this is the method used to formulate our diet plan all government specified dietary advices should be avoided at all costs.