(NaturalNews) Calories are calories, no matter where they come from. People are fat because they don’t exercise enough. Eating low-fat foods will help you lose weight. These and many other common dietary myths are no longer part of Sweden’s official guidelines for healthy living, as the Scandinavian country has reportedly become the first Western nation in the world to officially embrace a high-fat, low-carbohydrate dietary protocol as optimal for good health.
According to Health Impact News, Sweden decided to scrap its former low-fat diet dogma, which is still embraced by the U.S. and most other Western countries, after an independent committee comprised of doctors and other health experts determined it to be total quackery. This committee, known as the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment, pored through tens of thousands of studies published on the subject through May 31, 2013, to arrive at this conclusion, which corroborates with what many in the natural health community have been saying for years.
“Butter, olive oil, heavy cream, and bacon are not harmful foods,” reads an English translation of a local Swedish newspaper, reporting on the committee’s findings. “Quite the opposite. Fat is the best thing for those who want to lose weight. And there are no connections between a high fat intake and cardiovascular disease.”
These incredibly bold statements fly in the face of mainstream dietary dogma, especially in the U.S., where chemical and pharmaceutical companies hold significant influence over health policy. But they are true nonetheless and show that at least some countries are taking seriously the copious scientific evidence proving fats to be beneficial, and refined sugars and processed flours detrimental.