Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service between 1977 and 1978 and 2005 and 2008 show that Americans dutifully cut their fat intake from 85.6 g to 75.2 g
daily. Additionally, over the same periods, the percentage of total calories consumed from fat fell from 39.7 percent to 33.4 percent.
And what has happened to the rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease since then?
Heart disease is now the number-one killer of both men and women, and nearly one million Americans have heart attacks annually. Obesity and diabetes have reached epidemic proportions. The financial burden of coronary artery disease alone totals close to $110 billion a year, and that trend is growing.
Dietary fat and cholesterol consumption are not the true culprits in heart disease.
“I can remember back in the 1960s, there wasn’t any problem eating lard or having lots of fat on your meat. And sweets were like a treat. You only had dessert or even a soft drink at parties and on special occasions.” – Dr. Ken Sikaris