Let them eat hamburgers! A new study is upending what has become conventional wisdom to nutritionists: that saturated fat can lead to heart disease. The New York Times reports:
For decades, health officials have urged the public to avoid saturated fat as much as possible, saying it should be replaced with the unsaturated fats in foods like nuts, fish, seeds and vegetable oils.But…new research, published on Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, did not find that people who ate higher levels of saturated fat had more heart disease than those who ate less. Nor did it find less disease in those eating higher amounts of unsaturated fat, including monounsaturated fat like olive oil or polyunsaturated fat like corn oil.
The earth’s climate, we note, is as complex in its own way as the human body, and we have been studying it much less intensively for a much shorter time. Dogmatism is the enemy of science and the reality is almost always more complicated than the current consensus, especially as it is transmitted to us through the media. Insisting that the young and still evolving study of climate change is “settled science” and that heretics must be punished are not the way to win public debates.Climate scientists could learn a great deal from Stanford Professor Andrei Linde, who, upon being told this week that his theory of cosmic inflation was supported by empirical data (itself an enormous scientific breakthrough), maintained the kind of skepticism inherent to good science, hoping he wasn’t “believing…this just because it is beautiful.”Our position—that the preponderance of evidence points firmly to the conclusion that the climate is changing and that human activity plays a significant role—remains unchanged. But so is our position that climate activists add more heat than light when they hype the science and use alarmist projections to generate support for flawed policy ideas.Our position on bacon cheeseburgers, however, is up for review.