Put Cream in Your Coffee

Gina recently commented on our site, “Isn’t ghee really bad for you?  Isn’t it almost all saturated fat?”

The link between saturated fats, cholesterol and heart disease is practically written in stone.  So mush so that there is a restaurant called the Heart Attack Grill in Arizona where scantily-clad nurses serve Triple Bypass Burgers.  I’m not kidding.

The Big Fat Lies video above may seem simplistic but there is truth there.  I mean it.  it is high time that we took a closer look at the highly questionable linear thinking that has helped create a billion dollar business selling lipitor.  I don’t want to hear that you have  gone all Paleo on me (eating only berries, chives and fresh squirrel meat). It is the refined grains, not the whole ones that cause problems. Nor am I advocating filling up on Bacon Cheeseburgers (the concern is real about eating too many calories!).  But let me know if you might reconsider believing in the cholesterol myth that prevails.

In the meantime, don’t shy away from a little ghee in your rice or coconut milk in your curry.

9 thoughts on “Put Cream in Your Coffee

  1. I drink organic decaf coffee is as an excuse to get some raw heavy cream into my gut. While I am waiting for the pot to brew, I usually eat a tablespoon or two of the cream (it’s almost as thick as marshmellow whip). Then, when the coffee is done, I plop another tablespoon of heavy cream into the coffee mug.

    Here’s a great book on the whole heart disease / saturated fat myth…
    http://www.PutYourHeartInYourMouth.com/

  2. I am totally confused on this topic as you can tell by what I posted under the butter post – if the tide is turning it seems like very few physicians want to be the first to say anything – it is really confusing to the consumer, average joe like me. I probably do read too mcuh and the more I read the more you can find “evidence” to support whatever theories you want to believe. Don’t we kind of read what we want to hear?
    It is interesting that Bastyr is teaching new theories about fat and the role it should play in our lives.
    I am now on a statin so that makes me more nervous and confused as to what to believe and with very little support it makes me feel like I am experimenting with my body – not knowing if I am clogging my arteries or not – I don’t really want to play russan roulette with my future and in my 70′s say “oh, crap, the (whatever) camp was right” – why can’t we ALL come to consensus for the good of our health and end all the debate and conspiracy theories?
    Is the middle of the road the right place to walk until then?
    Thanks for letting me vent – again.

  3. Oh, I meant to ask – can you please make a video of how to make the bread recipe from your book – that would be so helpful. I would like to make my own bread and your recipe sounds great but I need help!
    Thanks. Greg

  4. Greg,
    Will put bread on the Cookus list of things to do. You are right – you can find evidence to back up any belief that you would like to adopt.
    A book that is one of the most remarkable records of nutritional field study that I have ever read is Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston Price. It went largely unnoticed in its day because there was no money to be made in what he “discovered” (eating traditional foods brings good health). He does not address heart health in particular. Certainly not stain drugs because they were invented much later. But he finds remarkable links between diet and health.
    In the meantime, trust your instincts and your belief system. You never want to go against what seems like common sense to you regardless of the fear that may be provoked. The middle of the road, in my mind, is choose quality and practice moderation.
    Cynthia

  5. Four words, one food product … High Fructose Corn Syrup.

    Now that (and all it’s cousins) should be the next whipping boy for heart disease except for the highly powerful sugar lobby.

    -parker

  6. Studies that have been done that look at the composition of plaque from people who have died of heart disease have found that the plaque is mostly composed of poly unsaturated oils (vegetable oils). Of the people that have heart attacks roughly 60% of them have normal cholesterol levels. Many of the studies that have been done on cholesterol intake and mortality have shown that eating high cholesterol foods in moderation have been shown to reduce mortality rates. The reverse has also been looked at meaning low cholesterol diets have been shown to increase mortality rates. There are parts of the world where saturated fat intake is very high with disease rates being very low. The Swiss is the second longest lived culture on the planet and we know about their saturated fat intake. It is all about butter and cheese. I agree with Cynthia regarding practicing moderation and having high quality food that have a history of longer than 100 years.

  7. For the average “Joe” I would recommend the movie “FatHead”. It’s sort of a rebuttal against “SuperSize Me”. I am not in agreeance with all he had to say in regards to fast food, but in the last half of the movie he talks about the “Fat Free” fad and how it all came about, not to mention how horrible it is for our bodies to be without brain (and life) sustaining healthy fats. I like that he interviews such people as Sally Fallon and gets to the bottom of all the “fat myths”. He also does a little demo of how our body processes fats vs. refined carbs and sugars that makes it all really easy to understand. Just don’t take his word that you should eat the fast food that is majorly lacking in nutrients – please! How refreshing it is to know that we can eat REAL food from REAL sources and REALLY live! And btw, Cookus Interruptus – thanks for keeping it REAL. :)

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