“This is one of those “gotta bust me some myths no matter where they come from” blog posts. And by that, I mean I’m about to challenge a story that’s been so well-circulated among paleo, low carb, and real-food communities that most of us have filed it away in a little brain-folder called “Things We Never Have to Question Because They’re So Ridiculously True.”
I’m talking about the late, great Ancel Keys, and his equally late (but maybe not as great) role in the history of heart disease research. The oft-repeated tale goes something like this…”
Avid followers of Dietopia will know that we’re very fond of Denise Minger, her book Death By Food Pyramid (in which she also talks extensively about Ancel Keys’ role in the demise of fat) is one of our favourites!
She approaches this post in a similar tone, and with similar content to her book, so if you like it, it’s a safe bet you’ll like the book. It’s also one of the topics that readily demonstrates her ability to objectively unpick what we consider ‘common truths’. It’s so easy to have the wrong conclusion lead to further wrong conclusions in nutrition because of the flawed nature of the studies themselves, because of this, it’s of paramount importance that you take note of not only the studies being quoted, but also the credibility of those spouting them.
Ancel Keys was a key player in the Fat vs. Sugar debate that raged over many decades. His research and the studies he cites have often been dismissed or considered ‘incomplete’, inaccurate or biased. He’s very much a divisive character in the nutritional sphere – paleo tribes in particular seem intent on spouting his similarities with the devil – hopefully reading this post will help you realise where his researched was faulty and where his character has been assassinated with perhaps a tad too much zeal. It’s a good read, especially if you’re on a paleo or low-carb, high-fat diet.