Back in the 1950s and ‘60s, a Minnesota physiologist named Ancel Keys tricked American physicians into telling everyone that eating butter and eggs would kill us.
HE GAVE BUTTER AND EGGS A BAD NAME
Prior to the 1960s, fat-laden foods such as butter, eggs, bacon, cheese, and beef were staples of the traditional American diet. And then, on Jan 13, 1961, Ancel Keys, PhD, made the cover of Time magazine, and everyone’s diet began to change.
According to dietary research led by Keys, saturated fats found in our favorite foods were actually the cause of clogged arteries. He recommended that Americans replace saturated fat with polyunsaturated vegetable oils rich in linoleic acid.
Within a matter of years, tubs of Crisco ushered in a new era of American life; in which obesity and chronic disease would eventually become the norm.
In 2016, Medical investigator Christopher E. Ramsden of the NIH published an article called “Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis: analysis of recovered data from Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968-73)”. His study implicates Keys in what may be the biggest cover-up of important health data ever committed in American history, according to DrCate.com. The paper revealed that Keys concealed evidence proving that polyunsaturated fats are much worse than trans fat.
THE CRISCO CONNECTION
In the early 1900s, the recent invention of the light bulb led soap and candle manufacturers William Procter and James Gamble to seek an alternative purpose for something they were producing in abundance: cottonseed oil.
It’s not really a vegetable, and cotton is certainly not food, but that didn’t stop P&G from marketing Crisco in 1911 with the slogan, “It’s all vegetable! It’s digestible!” It wasn’t lard, but it sure looked like the stuff. The company sweetened the deal with a free cookbook featuring recipes that incorporated the fake fat. They later switched to soybean oil when it was discovered that cottonseed oil wasn’t really fit for human consumption.
In 1948, Procter & Gamble multiplied its investment in Crisco by funding the American Heart Association to the tune of approximately $17 million.
Crisco and other cottonseed oils went on to displace lard in households across America.
BIG, FAT LIES
I must have lost and gained a thousand pounds over the past 44 years of my life as a yo-yo dieter. My first all-out effort at dieting took place when I was ten years old, and I wanted to get my ears pierced. The stipulation was that if I lost ten pounds, I could get my ears pierced. The year was 1975, and my mother was a fan of the Weight Watchers program.
Not sure what one issue had to do with the other, I grabbed the latest issue of Redbook Magazine and proceeded to follow the diet of the month. This was the beginning of my obsession with diet and exercise.
No matter that I was not a fat child. My mother was fat, and she was terrified that my sister and I would become fat like her.
PRETENDING TO BE THIN
Because of my mother’s issues with obesity, I believed that I was also destined to be very overweight. I was adopted as a baby, and I was nowhere near my mother’s statuesque 5′ 8″ tall, but I believed her warnings. She said that becoming fat was the worst thing that could happen to you.
Since then, I’ve straddled the line between bulimia and anorexia. I never really knew what to do with this body that God gave me.
It was just last year that I figured out how to diet. I called myself a “diet disaster” until I discovered the Keto diet and intermittent fasting.