A study known as PURE which was presented at the recent European Society of Cardiology annual meeting in Barcelona, Spain and which was published coincidentally online in two reports in The Lancet, has once again roiled the very-turbulent world of nutrition.
Which is no surprise since nearly every new nutrition study seems to breed controversy these days and (please pardon this) PURE is a pure example of that.
Why has PURE engendered so much anger?
Because in this huge 18-country study, the researchers (who are, by the way, Canadian) concluded that saturated fats are not nearly as bad for you as so many experts would have you believe, and that instead, it’s carbs you need to fear most if you want to get the best outcome from your diet, an analysis that has of course met with a furious backlash from the massive anti-saturated fats army out there.
So what should you make of all this?
Well, here’s my take.
Since no one really knows too much about how much of anything you should or shouldn’t eat (aside from veggies, of course, which, thank god, nearly everyone agrees you should eat as much of as you can manage), the best thing to do is what some of us have long said is going to be the ultimate bottom line for a healthy diet: some of nearly everything is OK, too much of anything is not.
Plus, you really should eat as much for enjoyment as for health benefits because if you don’t like what you’re eating, you surely won’t eat it for long no matter how much the health police admonish you to take in (see: kale).
In other words, moderation, moderation, moderation.
In moderation, of course.