Chapter One: The Truth About Fats
What right has the federal government to propose that the American people conduct a vast nutritional experiment, with themselves as subjects, on the strength of so very little evidence that it will do them any good?
-- Phil Handler, President of the National Academy of Sciences, testifying about the low-fat dietary guidelines before Congress in 1980
To begin, let's consider some basic nutritionally correct "facts," the ones we know so well we could repeat them in our sleep:
- Fat makes you fat.
- A big juicy steak is like a heart attack on a...