There is no nutrient more misunderstood nor more unfairly maligned than fat. And there probably is no one better qualified to explain the virtues and vices of various types of fat than Dr. Mary Enig, a nutritionist and biochemist of international renown, and a consultant on nutrition to individuals, industries, and state and federal governments. When it comes to fat, this really has become the age of the flat earth.

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Take the Pledge. Discarding politically correct notions that saturated fats are unhealthy, Dr. Mary Enig presents a thorough, in-depth and understandable look at the world of lipids. Know Your Fats is the only book on fats and oils for the consumer and the professional written by a recognized authority in the field. Virtually all other titles on fats and oils currently in print are either too technical to be accessible by the layman, or are too error-laden to be worth the paper they are printed on.

Mary Enig made her mark in the nutritional world in when she and her colleagues at the University of Maryland published a paper in Federation Proceedings that directly challenged government assertions that higher cancer rates were associated with animal fat consumption. Enig and her colleagues concluded that the data actually indicated that vegetable oils and trans fatty acids—not saturated fats—were the culprits for the rising incidence of both cancer and heart disease.

In the ensuing years, Enig and her colleagues focused their work on determining the trans fatty acid content of various food items, as well as publishing research that clearly demonstrated TFAs to be potent carcinogens, prime factors in heart disease and immune system disrupters.

Molecular structure diagrams are used to demonstrate the metabolic conversion products of each of the major fatty acids oleic, linoleic, linolenic, and palmitoleic. The physiology of fats and cholesterol is fully covered in Chapter 2.

Almost half of this chapter is devoted to shattering popular myths about saturated fats. Not mincing any words, Enig methodically demonstrates the faulty data and reasoning behind the ideas that saturates either cause or contribute to heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, mental illness, obesity and cerebrovascular disease.

It was a false issue then, and it remains a false issue today. Never one to shy away from controversy, Enig blasts such organizations as the American Dietetics Association, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the American Heart Association, and the food industry in general. Price Foundation, Fall Byrnes had over articles and papers published in health magazines and professional journals around the world. He was an honorary board member of the Weston A.

Price Foundation and an editorial board member of the Australian holistic magazine WellBeing. Dr Byrnes died of a stroke in at the age of During the final years of his life, he suffered extreme physical, emotional and financial stress, including threats from a stalker and having to defend himself in a frivolous lawsuit.

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Know Your Fats by Mary Enig

Enig was a Board member and vice-president of the Weston A. Price Foundation WAPF which she co-founded with Sally Fallon in to promote nutrition and health advice based on the work of early 20th century dentist and researcher Weston A. Enig, a member of The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics THINCS , [13] disputed the widely accepted view in the scientific community that consumption of saturated fats contributes to heart disease. Enig claimed butter and coconut oil are good for heart health. She published articles on the properties of coconut oil and was a vocal advocate for its consumption. Enig was an early researcher of trans fatty acids , [11] warning of their dangers before they were widely accepted.

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