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Another day, another article about saturated fats and how, ummm…maybe they aren’t so awful for you after all.

Disclaimer: I’m one who thrived on Atkins’ low carb ideas and I’m still sore about the absolute shit way he and his ideas were treated in his lifetime. I want those people to feel his vindication. Good and hard.

But long before I knew Atkins, my mother (who was a nurse) told me to be careful cutting fat, because fats contribute satiety. And if you’re not sure how important feeling full and satisfied to a dieter, reflect: if they get hungry enough, human beings have been known to murder and eat their children. ‘Kay? You can’t guilt people for giving in to the most powerful biological force known to all living organisms.

What we’ve done for the past forty years is tell fat people to cut the fats and eat lots of carbs — a diet guaranteed to make them crazy-eat-their-young hungry — and then wondered how so many of them went from merely obese to sideshow fat. Honestly, somebody needs to swing for this.

So, read any good fat articles lately? Do share. I won’t rest until lard is properly recognized as the life-giving superfood we all know it to be.


Comment from HMS Pina4
Time: December 1, 2014, 11:07 pm

My mother was a nurse too. The reason d’etre for nurses was to shield the doctors from the BS of patients.
Then there is this theory that the nurse’s chore is to keep the patient clean, comforted and sanitary.

As for the fats, it is good to buy expensive bacon from the butcher in 3# increments. Any bigger and it begins to funk up the kitchen.
Also, try eating fat-free elk meat. It tastes like wet towels.

Hooray for fats!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: December 1, 2014, 11:28 pm

The men of the Lewis and Clark expedition nearly starved to death in a land teeming with every kind of animal to eat—fish, fowl, deer, rabbits, et cetera. The problem is that all those animals were lean eating. It’s no surprise that the Native American Indians prized the bear above all other animals: Bear FAT. Of course if you were close enough to kill the bear, the bear was close enough to kill you.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 1, 2014, 11:48 pm

To be perfectly honest, my mother didn’t make it through nursing school. She went because her mother was one, but she was really not cut out for it. Every time the patient threw up, she did, too.

She took a lifelong interest in things medical, though.

Comment from dissent555
Time: December 2, 2014, 12:06 am

Is that a letter “O” I see? ‘Cause, I’m aware of someone who might try to take credit for this. Somethin’ about searching for a legacy. Jes sayin’.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: December 2, 2014, 1:20 am

A completely fat-free diet will kill you.This is the well-documented condition called rabbit starvation, also mal de caribou. It killed people who tried to live exclusively on lean meat – such as rabbit or caribou.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: December 2, 2014, 1:33 am

There is also a correlation with the introduction of the food pyramid, with it’s emphasis on grains and de-emphasis on fats and meats, and the skyrocketing incidence of type 2 diabetes.

Comment from AltBBrown
Time: December 2, 2014, 1:35 am

Atkins has always been the diet that actually works quickly on people I’ve known who were religious about the 1st 10 days of zero carbs (Original Atkins). Quite a few then went on maintenance for a tad and still lost. Only know 1 person who maintains it as a lifestyle and that would be Mrs. Brown. She friggin’ LOVES it.
When I first went on it, a generation or so ago, lost a shitload in the 1st coupla weeks. Never thought I could get sick of lobster tails and butter or bacon and eggs, but it finally got to me.
When the fad first took off a lot of people at a local Cheers-type bar went on it. Everyone took turns bringing in nasty sugar/carb-free sodas (Fanta?) to stock the bar. Owner was not a happy camper for the month. One dieter complained about constant thirst – even after going off the diet. Lotta jokes about running through a car wash with the windows open for a drink. Turned out he was diabetic and didn’t know it.

Comment from ed
Time: December 2, 2014, 5:31 am

Frankly a high protein and high fat diet always made sense to me. We’re not that far removed from our caveman ancestors and grains have only been cultivated for the last 5,000 or so years.

And yes I feel very strongly that the food pyramid was foisted onto Americans by eco-weenie and vegetarian-at-all-costs types. Who should swing from the nearest tree for the crimes they’ve committed.

Comment from Solveig
Time: December 2, 2014, 2:50 pm

This video pretty much confirms what you have written. (The link is courtesy of Small Dead Animals blog.)

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: December 2, 2014, 2:56 pm

Mmmmm, bacon-wrapped hot-dogs.

Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: December 2, 2014, 3:25 pm

I’m from Texas, where bacon grease is a condiment. Basic nutrition, courtesy of the Elders: you can eat anydamnthing you want if you work it off.

Comment from Some Bacon
Time: December 2, 2014, 6:25 pm

Hell YEAH! Bacooooooon!

Seriously, I think that the “All-knowing, benevolent father scientist” meme is finally fading….. The whole Global Warming fiasco has pretty much killed respect for any definitive statements by anyone in the science community.

Every 20 years or so, they announce “Everything You Know Is Wrong!
By the time you’re 60 that gets old.

Comment from BJM
Time: December 2, 2014, 8:00 pm

>I won’t rest until lard is properly recognized as the life-giving superfood we all know it to be.

Get yer butt to Northern Italy for the mother of all fat:Lardo

Comment from tibby
Time: December 3, 2014, 6:20 pm

And another one bites the dust! Thank goodness. I’ve given up trying to ‘splain it to the fat haters.

Comment from Mojo
Time: December 3, 2014, 8:56 pm

That’s a quarter million years of evolution whispering “fat is good! Fat means you don’t have to grub so hard for enough to survive.”

But go ahead, listen to “experts”

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