Fri, May 04 2012 at 9:16 PM
When I was in Malaysia I was appalled by the traditional, by delicious, diet of the Malay people. It is loaded with coconut milk and palm oil. But guess what? It turns out that, even after their health care system reach first world standards and communicable diseases declined, they had very low rates of heart disease, and still do where Malays eat their traditional diet. Where they eat the western diet, their heart disease rates are skyrocketing. I'm not saying people should tank up on saturated fat, but I have a feeling that the story is more complex than "Unsaturated good, saturated bad." After all, it wasn't that long ago we were told that all fat was bad.