I'm not much of a literature buff, but I do remember reading Aldous Huxley's sci-fi book Brave New World in 10th grade English lit class. In this story, Huxley creates a futuristic world where the government promotes population control.
Gone is natural reproduction. Government scientists create fetuses in a lab. Then, they divide the fetuses into five different classes. Only the highest class, the Alpha class, develops naturally. The scientists program all the other fetuses to develop cognitive or physical impairments.
Well, someone in Denmark must have read Huxley's book. This month, the Dutch government began to institute population control. No, they don't program fetuses to develop impairments. Instead, the government placed a "fat tax" on foods with saturated fat content more than 2.3 percent.
So overnight, the cost of a McDonald's hamburger rose by about 40 cents. And you may think that's a good thing, but here's the problem...
The Dutch "fat tax" targets all foods high in saturated fats, not just convenience foods.
So now, a block of good Danish cheese now costs about 50 cents more each time you go to the grocery store. And don't even think about eating butter. Overnight, the price for a pound of it skyrocketed by a whopping 90 cents.
The Danish government claims the "fat tax" will help reduce cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. And it looks like several European countries may adopt similar measures. In fact, I won't be surprised if one day the "fat tax" makes the leap across the pond to the U.S.
Let's pray that doesn't.
Because -- no matter what propaganda the government puts out -- this "fat tax" will only make us grow sicker and fatter. Call me paranoid, but maybe that's what it was intended to do in the first place.
Saturated fat is not the problem
Back 100 years ago, everyone ate lard, bacon drippings, and butter. It's all we had. Nobody ate "heart smart" margarine, skim milk, or Egg Beaters.
And guess what?
No one ever got heart disease, either.
In fact, when you look at medical books published 100 years ago, they barely mention the disease. And today, we eat less saturated fat, but heart disease is the number one killer in America.
Plus, research proves the extra fat doesn't kill you...
In 2006, a large-scale trial followed 49,000 women for eight years. Researchers showed that following a low-fat diet didn't improve health outcomes for these women one iota. In fact, women who followed low-fat diets didn't have fewer strokes or heart attacks than women who ate more fat.
Plus, both groups of women developed heart disease at the very same rate.
The Danish government says it wants to lower rates of cardiovascular disease. But they're swinging at the wrong target.
The real problem is sugar (and refined carbs).
In fact, consistent evidence shows that when you eat natural animal fats (not fried fats), and skip the sugar and processed carbs, you have much lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
That's what brings me back to Brave New World...
With this new law, the Dutch government has created a class system. Now, only the wealthy in Denmark (or the nutritionally educated) will know eating butter, nuts, and full-fat cream cheese is worth the extra money.
So, are they intentionally breeding sicker citizens just like in Huxley's story? It makes you wonder, doesn't it?
Especially when you consider this recent study...
Don't give up your full-fat dairy
Last year, researchers from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research found that men and women with the highest intake of full-fat dairy had 70 percent less risk of dying of heart disease or stroke.
Let me repeat that...
Men and women in this study who ate the MOST full-fat dairy foods (ahem, like real butter and cheese) were 70 percent less likely to die of heart disease or stroke than men and women who ate the least amount of full-fat diary.
Well, if you live in Denmark, I'm sorry. It's gonna cost you more than ever before to stay healthy and get your full-fat dairy.
Of course, if you can't afford $10 for butter, you can always eat the government-sponsored margarine. It will cost less, but you'll die sooner. (Either way, the government makes out, I guess.)
The bottom line?
Don't let big government control your diet
Governments should not dictate what you choose to eat or not eat. Even if it is a greasy, smelly McDonald's cheeseburger the crows won't touch. It's your right to eat it.
And I'm not the only one hollering about the crimes committed by government in the name of better health. My friend, colleague -- and editor of our affiliated newsletter, The Douglass Report -- Dr. Bill Douglass has been a government watchdog for more than 40 years. In fact, he's the guy who told me about the dirty Dutch "fat tax."
He also filled me in on a conspiracy much closer to home. Does the U.S. government want to outlaw an over-the-counter cancer cure? A recent study showed this all-natural cure slowed the growth of prostate cancer cells by up to a whopping 80 percent. And the government may want it out of your hands.
Yes, folks, it's a brave new world.