Peter Lewis with some organic produce. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Peter Lewis with some organic produce. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Naturopath joins debate after ABC show claims a fatty myth

FOOD glorious food - we all love it, but with so many theories, debates and arguments circulating, sometimes it can be difficult to know what is good for you and what is not.

Rockhampton naturopath Peter Lewis says your best bet to stay healthy and happy is to eat a simple diet full of whole grains, certified organic fruit and vegetables, whole dairy and nuts.

ABC's television science program Catalyst recently claimed the causal link between saturated fat, cholesterol and heart disease was "the biggest myth in medical history".

It followed up this week by describing cholesterol medications as toxic and potentially deadly, and suggested sugar and stress were the big villains contributing to heart disease.

Mr Lewis said he was disillusioned when he watched the program.

"I felt profound disappointment in that millions and millions of dollars was being invested into research to validate an argument in regard to disease entities....how much is being invested into humanity?" Mr Lewis said.

He did not see either cholesterol or non-refined sugar as the bad guys.

"We need cholesterol for the production of progesterone - and I find it unusual that other approaches are comfortable in some cases in putting a person on cholesterol meds and people are being told they have to be on it for the rest of their lives," he said.

He said his approach was to identify blood viscosity rather than cholesterol levels. "If the blood viscosity is sound, there's usually no problem."

Meanwhile, he said sugar was also a necessity. "We need fuel - it's the quality of the fuel that makes it safe or unsafe fuel."

KEY CONCEPT

(This excerpt is from ABC's Catalyst Heart of the Matter)

Dr Maryanne Demasi: "We've become so paranoid about cholesterol; we've actually forgotten it's essential for life. It's a major component of brain and nerve tissue, and central for the production of hormones. In fact, it's so important that virtually every single cell in the body makes it."



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