Pasta, Not Bacon, Makes You Fat. But How?

Cliff Kuang:

One of the most utterly surprising scientific findings of recent decades has got to be that fat isn't so bad for you after all. (Apart from, you know, potentially bringing on serious heart conditions.) In fact, if you're looking for a reason for America's ballooning girth, you've got to lay the blame on carbohydrates--in other words, bread and pasta, the very things that the government once advertised as the foundation of a healthy diet in the food pyramids we all grew up with.

It's nice to see mainstream media catching onto the fact that "fat is bad for you" was made up and has no evidence whatever to back it up.

But if you're going to do an "Isn't it surprising? We were wrong all this time!" style article, you should try to at least fact check the first paragraph.

Eating fat does not bring on serious heart conditions. Check out this survey of studies.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture still recommends a diet high in carbohydrates, especially corn, which gets two places in the new "My Plate" scheme. It's both a grain and a vegetable. With the new scheme, it is just impossible to figure out what you should be eating.

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