Why are we still talking about this?

I have to confess my frustration that the carbs-are-evil vs. fat-is-evil debate is still thriving among scientists, journalists, and the public. I just read a really long article framing scientists that have advocated limiting saturated fat as arrogant liars and those who advocated limiting sugar as scientific method crusaders. Here’s my big question:

WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE ONE OR THE OTHER?

Forgive me for suggesting this outrageous notion, but is there not the slightest possibility that saturated fat and added sugar might both be harmful in excess? This concept seems quite obvious to me, but in none of the news articles I have read on this hot-headed controversy has anyone mentioned it.

You know what doesn’t contain saturated fat OR added sugar?

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes: all foods that, if eaten regularly, are associated with better health and reduced risk of any number of chronic diseases.

Let’s end this debate once and for all: YOU’RE BOTH RIGHT.

 

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