You said, “I fail to understand why Taubes and his supporters practically worship saturated fat but completely fail to mention the health benefits of monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids.” In the above you attribute extreme viewpoints to your opponents to discredit their opinions. Really now!
We who don’t believe saturated fats constitute a health hazard do not worship or ignore fats. We simply try to put them in their proper dietary perspective.
In the case of saturated fats, they have been maligned for forty years by public health, the food manufacturing industry, government agencies, vegetarian activists, the American Dietetic Association, and virtually every major health promotion organization in existence. This is a fact. This is not my opinion. Saturated fats are, in truth, beneficial.
The body converts carbohydrates to saturated fats to burn for energy.
Animals of all sorts make saturated fats in their bodies to burn for energy and to use for building cell structure.
– David Brown
The accusation that I am “attribut[ing] extreme viewpoints to [my] opponents to discredit their opinions” is ironic considering that Gary Taubes uses that tactic often.
I have never heard him acknowledge that most of the nutrition community is NOT pushing low-fat diets.
It is one thing to have diet books (NOT written by Registered Dietitians) saying low-fat is best, but they do not represent the nutrition community.
I do not agree with Taubes’ views, but where on my blog do you see me urging people to shun fats?
I’m also not sure how the “food manufacuring industry” has been maligning saturated fats. Many food products offer it in substantial amounts.
If anything, don’t you find it interesting that so many different entities (the government, ‘vegetarian activists’, food companies) with varying interests all agree on limiting saturated fats?
I also want to answer a few of your statements.
“The body converts carbohydrates to saturated fats to burn for energy.”
No. Carbohydrates are converted to glucose.
Again, Taubes and his supporters need to think outside the box and realize that many dietitians (and myself, as a future Registered Dietitian) are NOT suggesting replacing saturated fat with carbohydrates, but rather with healthier fats.
“Animals of all sorts make saturated fats in their bodies… used for building cell structure.”
That’s cholesterol you are thinking about, not saturated fat.
Unlike with trans fats, no one is being asked to cut out saturated fats from their diet; simply to limit them to a certain amount.
Very simply — put them in a proper perspective.