“For every complicated problem,” wrote H.L. Mencken, “there is a solution that is simple, direct, understandable and wrong.”
And the cliché that saturated fat is unhealthy and causes heart disease is wrong. Especially for physically active people such as kayakers and other athletes. Myriad studies prove this, supported by statistics. For example, 100 years ago, per capita consumption of butter in the US was 50 times what it is today. Heart disease was almost unknown. After a century of margarine and other processed vegetable oils, heart disease is the number one killer.
In the Framingham Heart Study, which began in 1948 and involved 6,000 people from Framingham, Massachusetts, two groups were compared at five-year intervals—those who consumed little cholesterol and saturated fat and those who consumed large amounts. After 40 years, the director of this study had to admit: “In Framingham, the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the person’s serum cholesterol. . . we found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least and were the most physically active.”