A little over a year ago the Journal of the American College of Cardiology published a study that purportedly showed what a terrible health risk saturated fat is. I guess because of all the interest generated by the recent bogus red meat/colon cancer study, some news services decided to recycle this old study and pass it off as new.
Today’s headline in HealthDay is:
Saturated Fat: Even a Little Splurge May Be Too Much
The article goes on to say
How bad can it be to indulge in an occasional meal or snack loaded with saturated fat?
How about bad enough to diminish your body’s ability to defend itself against heart disease.
A little later on the reporter quotes one of the study’s authors:
“Saturated-fat meals might predispose to inflammation of, and plaque buildup in, the vessels,” said study leader Dr. David Celermajer, Scandrett professor of cardiology at the Heart Research Institute and the Department of Cardiology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
And then, of course, comes the recommendation based on the findings of this study:
The message is clear, Celermajer said: It’s important to limit saturated fat intake as much as possible.
To do that, you’ve first got to know where saturated fat lurks, said Jeannie Moloo, a Sacramento, Calif., dietitian and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.
She suggests cutting down on meat, full-fat milk and full-fat dairy products as a way to reduce saturated fat. Those foods are all major sources of saturated fat, Moloo said. So are processed foods and snacks.
Why would the staff at HealthDay – a major medical and health news service – recycle this same study that they already reported on a year ago when it had just come out? As I mentioned above, the only reason I can think of is that the recent study on colon cancer stirred up such a buzz that they decided to go for it again by resurrecting this old study.
Some folks are biting already as you can see from this Yahoo.com health blurb. (Note the HealthDay byline) I wouldn’t be surprised to find a bunch of other media outlets jumping on this study over the next couple of days.
As to the study’s validity, it was a travesty. I dealt with it in a post over a year ago when it first came out. Read the post and look at the HealthDay link from back then; you’ll find that it’s been taken down. I wonder why?
This absolutely shameless attempt to pass this study off as new should be a real lesson to us all in how the press can manipulate and influence the gullible. I hope the folks at Healthday are proud of themselves.
The Mark Twain quote at the start of my post from a year ago is absolutely accurate.