My wife recently watched a documentary (“Fat Head,” if you’re interested) which makes the claim that, despite consensus support, the “lipid hypothesis” (ie high cholesterol causes cardiovascular heart disease) has very little clinical support. It initially struck me as another fringe-y theory, and the documentary wasn’t particularly convincing to me.
But I did a little more digging out of curiosity, and it’s got me a little curious. It sounds like quite a few of the folks saying it’s crap have solid credentials and understand the concepts of medical research well. Their argument is basically that the clinical evidence for the lipid hypothesis is very weak and that it’s become consensus through the non-scientific avenues of “making a whole lot of sense on paper” and a government panel cherry-picking evidence because it was headed by folks who bought into a woo diet popular at the time.
It’s hardly convincing, but I haven’t seen much in the way of good rebuttals.
Being far from an expert on any of the involved elements, I thought I’d put the question out there: should I trade my morning oats for a slab of bacon?