Philosophical Society of Washington

Debunking the PC Rhetoric from the Merchants of Fat

Mary G. Enig


2123rd Meeting Abstract
Friday, November 17, 2000 at 8:15 p.m.

Abstract:

High fat or low fat ? Yes to fat or no to fat? Learn why these are the wrong questions to be asking. Even though the politically correct approach to fat in our diets for several decades has been to keep the fat intake as low as is possible, the science does not support such recommendations, and most people do not fare well with such recommendations. When they go onto low fat diets, they tend to overeat and then they become fat. How is it possible that something we intuitively "know" to be "correct" is not correct? How is it possible that the major government and private organizations concerned with dietary recommendations are giving out the wrong information? Learn why and how nearly half a century of misinformation on fats and oils, which has resulted from corporate and scientific greed, has led to ill health and ill shape of our populace.

About the Author:

Mary G. Enig, holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park and was a Faculty Research Associate in the Lipids Research Group, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland. She is the Director of the Nutritional Sciences Division, Enig Associates, Inc.; President of the Maryland Nutritionists Association; and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. She is an expert in fats and oils analysis and metabolism, food chemistry and composition, and nutrition and dietetics, and a consulting nutritionist/biochemist of international renown. Enig has authored numerous journal publications, mainly on fats and oils research and nutrient/drug interactions, has written "Know Your Fats" (published May 2000 by Bethesda Press, Silver Spring, MD) for consumers and clinicians on fats and oils, has appeared on national radio programs, international and cable television programs, and is a popular invited lecturer for medical and allied health groups in the U.S.

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