A recent opinion piece by the National Obesity Forum (NOF) and Public Health Collaborative (PHC) is contributing to the confusion about eating for optimal health when it said “eating fat does not make you fat”. There is a tiny, but truly a microscopically tiny, grain of truth to that statement.

Eating very small amounts,  and on rare occasions,  of plant-based foods containing natural plant fats may be okay. But only if you have not already suffered high cholesterol, artery damage, heart disease, and a stroke. If you have suffered one of these diseases, which are caused BY THE FOODS YOU TYPICALLY EAT, then eating ANY sources of fat, is not okay, especially not when in liquid form called an oil. So, BEWARE.

Optimizing your health is all about eating the lowest amount of fat possible, in the highest nutritionally-dense food possible and to do so without adding even a  drop of oil in your food or when cooking.

  • Dr. Colin T. Campbell, PhD., has proven that too much ANIMAL-SOURCED PROTEIN is bad for long-term health in his early animal studies. All animal sources of protein contain high amounts of fats, even the leanest cuts of meats or fish. Even with low-fat skim milk or cheeses, you get some fat and where there is little fat, you need to concern yourself with the protein levels being too much for daily consumption.  Campbell produced, hard-core, evidence-based studies. Campbell originally was a statistician for the meat industry responsible to help develop studies to prove people ought to eat much more protein. During the process of trying to justify marketing more protein to people, especially those in poverty-stricken regions, he made discoveries that changed his allegiance from the animal industry to plant-based nutrition research. He  knows what he is talking about.
  • Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., receives people who are told to go home and die because nothing conventional medicine can do, not by-passes nor stents, can rescue them from certain death due to artery, heart disease, or strokes. He halts progression and even reverses those chronic diseases, especially heart disease and stroke damage. His work is among the longest-termed studies in medicine and were well-documented, science-based, evidence-based and, most importantly, were peer reviewed prior to publication.
  • Doctors. John McDougall, Dean Ornish, Hans Diehl, Neal Barnard, Hillary Swank, Walter Kempner, Joel Fuhrman, and a handful of others, are successfully halting, even reversing long-term, (chronic), diseases such as heart disease,strokes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, some cancers, some forms of arthritis and rheumatism, erectile dysfunction, memory problems, some stages of Multiple Sclerosis, and more.
  • Dr. Dean Ornish was trained at Harvard. His studies, hard-core, evidence-based medical studies, proved that a vegetarian diet reduces cholesterol, artery blockages, and chest pains from artery or heart problems. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, cited above, put his patients on a LOW-FAT vegan diet and after more than 20 years not a single individual had any heart complications whatsoever. Low-fat, no oils, vegan has been proving to be the path to optimum health.

What do these great doctors have in common? Two important factors that you ought to take note of:

  1. They all are advocates and practitioners of the “WHOLE FOOD, PLANT-BASED”, (WFPB),  lifestyle. Not one of them would recommend eating animal products as a regular part of a lifestyle eating program.
  2. They EACH ARRIVED AT THE SAME CONCLUSION after extensively researching the field of nutrition and, in particular the types of foods we eat. Some were hired by the meat and dairy industry to find more proof that meat and dairy was supportive of a long-term, optimal health living plan but were so disappointed that they switched to 100% WFPB eating. Several grew up on animal and dairy farms and helped their families raise and sell the very foods that, after they discovered evidence-based research advising them to switch to plant foods, now refuse to eat animal products, even if from “organically” raised or “free-range” animals. Some had suffered strokes from eating too much meat and cheese and now are strong advocates for a WFPB lifestyle programs for both themselves and their desperately ill patients.

Because Colin T. Campbell, PhD., found that terminology surrounding good confusing for most people, some calling it a vegetarian lifestyle while eating animal products, he coined a new term to describe nutritionally-dense, health-enhancing foods absent of any animal products or oils. He called those nutritiously-dense, health-supporting, health-enhancing foods, “WHOLE-FOOD, PLANT-BASED, (WFPB).” And, just to be clear, he is NOT SAYING avoid any fats. Plant-sources of fat, eaten in their WHOLE FORM, are healthy, unless you have heart disease or suffered stroke or any other form of artery damage. Nuts, seeds, olives and avocados do contain fat, a natural, plant-source of fat, and are healthy foods. That does not imply that oils, the fats stripped out of those foods, is healthy. So, NO TO OLIVE OIL OR ANY OIL on or in anything. And when you do consume nuts, seeds, olives or avocados, do so only in VERY SMALL QUANTITIES and RARELY. His research, and he is an expert’s expert in statistical research, proved there is no such thing, in the long term, as a lifetime of optimized health, for the majority of people who persist eating animal sources of food.

Granted “whole foods” can also mean meats, dairy, fish, and poultry products that are not artificially processed. For that reason, Campbell made certain that the healthiest foods, to which he was referring, are unprocessed “whole foods”, but specifically “PLANT-BASED”, not animal products. Thus, “Whole-Food, Plant-Based”.

That opinion piece by the National Obesity Forum (NOF) and Public Health Collaborative (PHC) will encourage people to eat more fat. Doing that just might kill more people. Their unfounded opinion piece is adding to the confusion about nutrition.