Many people believe dietary fat increases cholesterol and that this leads to heart disease. In the medical establishment this is known as the Lipid Hypothesis. A growing number of research scientists now believe this hypothesis is oversimplified and mostly wrong. Despite this, most doctors still advocate a low-fat diet rich in wholegrain along with a preference for vegetable oils over animal fats.
Chris Masterjohn has made a name for himself on the blogosphere by addressing common misconceptions about cholesterol. In this article he analyses the available literature on the topic, and gives his view on what the real truth is.
Ask your doctor to read this if he or she has concerns about the fat content of a Primal diet.
Here is also a brief video primer:
This lecture by cardiac surgeon Dr. Donald W. Miller explains the history of how saturated fats became so demonised. Dr. Miller argues we should reconsider our attitudes to saturated fats and ensure we make it part of our daily diet. Thought provoking stuff.