The American Heart Association… Can’t Trust ‘Em

The American Heart Association just published a study touting that a plant-based diet can lower your heart disease risk by up to 42%.

That sounds pretty good. But is it true?

Given the AHA’s history of burying study results that don’t align with their agenda, I’d think twice before making the switch to a vegetarian lifestyle based on this single study.

Why do I say that?

Well, let’s take a look at some of the things the AHA has gotten dead wrong, or worse, tried to hide over the years.

For years, the AHA promoted conclusions based on the Framingham study that cholesterol levels were a reliable predictor of heart disease risks. But further research showed that cholesterol is at best a confusing indicator. For example, overall more people with mid-range cholesterol levels die from heart attack each year than those with levels that are a bit over the recommended range. Strange.

Strange enough that the AHA kept those new numbers quiet. Instead of talking about what they got wrong, they changed the subject to focus on different types of cholesterol.

In another study, researchers found that there was not a close link between saturated fat and heart disease risk. In that case the National Institutes of Health didn’t allow the data to be published… since it flew in the face of what government agencies were saying about healthy eating.

And right now, as the AHA reports findings that a plant-based diet can reduce heart disease, a simultaneous study has found that eating more red meat can also reduce heart disease risks.

Government organizations have an agenda. Review any studies they promote carefully — and take time to check out other studies — before you make any sweeping diet or lifestyle changes. You can read more about the AHA’s missteps here.