As the documentary plays out, we are presented with a great deal of science, statistics, and facts. Experts explain how high amounts of cholesterol does not cause heart blockage. How our bodies need fat in all its forms to survive, and the film’s experts also take on the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association’s adamant push toward fat-free. Several diabetes specialists, frustrated with the lack of success over their careers, suggested to patients to change to a keto diet and observed dozens of their patients no longer needing insulin injections in a matter of weeks. There has to be something there, right?
Admittedly, this is all radical thinking pushing up against what we believe is right. It’s hard not to be skeptical about this new reality. Undoubtedly, the science supporting the fat-free diet can’t be wrong. It’s science! Surprisingly, those who have supported the ketogenic diet have been taken to task. It’s incredible how we as a nation and how both scientific and political leaders locked onto the fat-free solution with a vice-like grip. What if they and we were wrong?
“…an event that scared the nation and created a narrative about the dangers of fat…”
Director Isenhart dives very deep into the events in history that brought us to this point, beginning with President Eisenhower’s heart attack in office. It was an event that scared the nation and created a narrative about the dangers of fat that’s been impossible to turnaround. Worse, anyone who’s dared to challenge it has been either publicly shunned, silenced, even stripped of their credentials (in some countries).
I’m reading back my review, and yes, I’ve fallen hook, link, and sinker about what it has to say about the benefits of fat. Fat Fiction makes a convincing argument and is must-see watching no matter where you stand on the issue. It’s bold enough to question the conventional wisdom of over fifty years and does so in a smart way. It’s also not there to say, “we’re right, and you’re wrong.” If anything, it gives hope to anyone struggling with weight issues, heart problems, and life-altering diabetes. Hope is something we can use right now. And right now, I could use some bacon!