It's nice to see mainstream media showing some love for fat! The article is not specifically about paleo, but I love the message. I think my favorite quotes are:
"Fat is not the problem," says Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. "If Americans could eliminate sugary beverages, potatoes, white bread, pasta, white rice and sugary snacks, we would wipe out almost all the problems we have with weight and diabetes and other metabolic diseases."
"The country's big low-fat message backfired," says Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. "The overemphasis on reducing fat caused the consumption of carbohydrates and sugar in our diets to soar. That shift may be linked to the biggest health problems in America today."
Here's the link to the full article.
As has been noted in some comments, the author makes some broad generalizations about carbs. What do you think? Is this kind of exposure a good thing overall?
They are dispensing with fat-phobic dogma only to introduce a new scary demon: carbohydrates.
I just have to laugh because they claim to be so educated. What kind of nutritionist puts potatoes in the same category as junk food?
This idea that "sugary snacks" are somehow symbols of a low-fat diet is absurd. People who actually read the nutrition facts on the label of these snacks will see they have fat, even more calories from fat. Let's be fair and stop painting junk food as fat-free sugar bombs. Junk food is not such a narrow category. Of the 210 calories in a package of Reese's Cups, 110 are from fat. A Snickers bar has 280 calories, 130 from fat. Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donut, 190 calories, 100 from fat. I could go on with cookies, ice cream and other goodies. Not really shocking.
In fact their headline picture is a picture of donuts. As if that is low-fat. I am not a low-fat diet advocate, or low-carb. I just hate all this BS. Why lead people astray into fearing healthy foods that just so happen to be high in carbs? Because that's what this kind of stuff could do.
Prob is, they are still pushing the grain oils and painting all fats with the same brush and all carbs with the same brush.
Also, might be very confusing before it gets better. Lower carb and avoidance of processed foods is picking up, but the other side is still strong. Just today, there was an article in the local San Diego newspaper touting the healthiness of veganism. But on the plus side, they also wanted you to eliminate all processed foods and all sugar. That's a lot of stuff to cut out! I'm glad I can still eat my meat every night! ;-)