Myths You Probably Believe In

1. Eating food with saturated fat raises the risk of getting Cardiovascular Disease.

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This was the Lipid Hypothesis developed by the American scientist Ancel Keys. He conducted the “Seven Countries Study” in 1958. He gathered data from 21 countries and compared fat intake and heart disease rates from each country. There was no clear correlation of fat intake to heart disease. There was statistical bias in the data he published. He took data of 6 of the countries that, together, proved his hypothesis. However, he tossed out data from the other 15 countries that disproved his hypothesis.

He was trying to outsmart a British professor by the name of John Yudkin who warned society of the danger of sugar to human health and the many risks associated with it. It was essentially a battle to see which was causing the growing rates of obesity, heart disease, and many other illnesses in the 1950’s: sugar or fat.

Fat had been in the human diet for thousands of years since we were hunters and gatherers. We have never been herbivores. Only within the past few decades has sugar been introduced into our diets at toxic levels leading to such high rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and many other illnesses. Perhaps Mr. Yudkin was right. His career was destroyed because people saw his anti-sugar sentiments as insane. He is now hailed as “prophetic” by Dr. Robert Lustig, professor of pediatric endocrinology at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco).

2. The Earth is overpopulated or will be soon.

This myth has been around since the 18th century when the Anglican minister Malthus said, “The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the Earth to produce subsistence for man.”

If we consider space available, if we fit 4 people per 8,000 square feet, the entire population of the planet would fit into a space as big as Texas and Nevada combined. That makes 7 billion seem like a small number, doesn’t it.

3. Using a cell phone on a plane can cause interference with engines will result in a crash.

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) tested many types of electronic devices for 25 years at 100x the radio frequency interference levels and nothing happened.

Airlines may be keeping this policy to keep passengers fully alert during takeoff and landing.

-Daniel

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