Ah, high fat diets. Telling people what they want to hear. And resulting in thousands of heart attacks every year. Because as all the reputable doctors say, get really fat!
Actually the biggest and longest running randomized studies like the Framingham Heart Study found no link what so ever between dietary fat and heart disease. The lead researcher said fear of fat is a "persistent myth"..
The Science that first indicated fat caused heart disease was never very solid. Today we have study after study that overturns this false idea.
For example, the study that got the whole thing started was the "Six Nation Study" done by the Famous Bio-Chemnist Ansel Keys ( K Rations in WW 2 were named after him..)=
His study showed a direct correlation between high fat consumption in Six Countries and increased heart disease. The graph was almost straight up. The more people that ate a high fat diet, the higher the rate of heat disease.. This study was really central to what is called the "Heart Lipid Theory" of heart disease..
Just one little problem.... He faked the results. Dr. Keys didnt have data on just six countires, he studied 22 countries, and guess what. In some places the population ate lots of fat and had high heart disease but in other places they also ate lots of fat but had low rates of heart disease. In other countries people ate low fat diets but still had high rates of heart disease and in other place the reverse. LOL
So Keys simply threw out the data that didnt fit his agenda and only published the data from the six countries that did..
Recently researchers revisited the same countries and the data reconfirmed that there is absolutely no data correlating high fat consumption and heart disease..of any kind.
Here is a cute video about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8WA5wcaHp4