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The final part of "The War on Fat"..... from our nutritional therapist Josh Channin

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Where did it all go wrong?

The war on fat

Part 3

This is the continuation and conclusion of last week’s article

The great myth of fat

Continuing on from last week’s article, I would argue that one reasons “fat” hypothesis became medical dogma and was so widely accepted by policy makers is because intuitively, it makes sense. If heart disease is the result of atherosclerosis (fat build up in the artery wall) then it stands to reason that eating too much saturated fat, which is solid at room temperature, would “build up” and “clog” the arteries leading to heart disease. We now have a much deeper understanding of how the body digests and utilises fat. The topic of fat is incredibly complicated and in order to stop me exceeding my word count I will try to keep this part simple.

When saturated fat enters the small intestines, it is a liquid and is acted upon by bile salts and lipase enzymes which work like dishwashing soap to break up the fat into tiny droplets. As blood is aqueous (like water) these droplets do not mix with it. The fat is packaged into lipoproteins by the liver and transported around the body to where is it required. These lipoproteins are divided into different types, the two most commonly known being High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) and Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL). So dietary saturated fat is never technically in the blood to “clog” the arteries and cause atherosclerosis. The evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease is woefully lacking even though research has spent 50+ years trying to prove it. There’s clearly more going on here.

The topic of fat and cholesterol is very complicated so I will go into more depth in a future article.


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Disclaimer: This article has general information and is not meant as a substitute to medical assessment with your doctor or other health professional


This week’s article was written and researched by Josh Chanin Nutritional Therapist and Pharmacist at Whelehans Pharmacy, Pearse St, Mullingar

For comprehensive and free health advice and information call in to Whelehans, log on to or dial 04493 34591 (Pearse St) or 04493 10266 (Clonmore).

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