No Tick of Approval for
Processed Foods
September 27, 2013
By Jessie Reimers
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The Australian Heart Foundation has come under fire many times in recent years, particularly for their Tick of Approval program which endorses products that are high in sugar and menu items from the likes of McDonald's. Recently, ABC science program Catalyst aired a segment called Toxic Sugar in which the Heart Foundation was once again forced to defend its promotion of sugar-filled, processed foods.

As a nutrition student, I, like many others, have become increasingly concerned about the Heart Foundation's actions and so I have started a petition on Change.org asking that they stop giving advice and promoting food that causes, rather than prevents, heart disease - a fairly serious accusation.

There is mounting evidence that neither saturated fat nor cholesterol actually cause cardiovascular disease and that the real culprit is inflammation - caused by the very things the Heart Foundation recommends we eat: grains, including highly processed cereals and sugar-filled foods, vegetable and seed oils, and margarine.

Studies show saturated fats not linked to heart disease

Several studies including this massive meta analyses studying over 340,000 subjects published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the intake of saturated fats was not associated with cardiovascular disease. This is not the only study! There have been literally countless studies that have disproved the original diet-heart hypothesis, made famous by the notorious Ancel Keys who as it turns out cherry-picked the data he used. When all of the data is compiled absolutely no correlation can be found.

The petition is gaining some momentum with now over 10,000 signatures and support from the likes of Cyndi O'Meara, Dr William Davis, Anthony Colpo, Dr Peter Dingle, Zoe Harcombe, Christine Cronau, Dr Sandra Cabot, Sarah Wilson and David Gillespie. Unfortunately, the mainstream media continues to ignore the issue. Therefore, many more signatures are needed to give this issue some real exposure and provide the public with access to unbiased and credible information.

It is time that we stop demonising saturated fat and cholesterol and return to the way humans have always eaten. Prior to the introduction of the seed oil and processed food industries, cardiovascular disease was extremely rare and humans consumed nourishing traditional foods, including fat, with no dire health consequences. Prevention of heart disease will never be achieved by eating low fat, highly processed foods, margarine, seed oils and taking cholesterol-lowering medication.

A massive paradigm shift is needed. If you feel strongly about this issue, please join the movement! You can find the petition here.

Jessie Reimers is currently studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition after going on her own massive healing journey with food. Jessie has sought the truth about nutrition and health ever since. You can read more from Jessie at her blog or on her Facebook page. She can also be contacted at jessrems@gmail.com.
"There is mounting evidence that neither saturated fat nor cholesterol actually cause cardiovascular disease and that the real culprit is caused by the very things
the Heart Foundation recommends
we eat."