Adam Ruins Everything – Low-Fat Foods Are Making You Fatter | truTV

And the only reason
you think they do is because
of bad science
and worse marketing. Heh!
That’s ridiculous. When I eat fat, it goes
in my body and becomes fat, and fat is bad. Yeah, that’s what
everybody thinks, but it’s not true. Oh, hey, an egg timer! (timer tingling) (blows)
People have been eating fat for as long
as humans have existed, and their lives
were swell. (whoosh) Fat tastes good! Also, salve
for tiger wound. Okay, maybe not swell. The point is, fat
is one of our oldest and most basic nutrients. Wow, thank you
for the history
lesson, Adam. But I need
to lose weight, and the most
important thing is
for me to cut out fat. Yep, that’s what
the sugar industry
wants you to think. (whoosh) ♪♪ (upbeat jazz playing) Holy, hambone! Are you trying to
give me a heart attack? Funny you should
say that, because in the early
20th century, doctors began to notice
a disturbing rise in a once rare condition
called heart disease. Americans’ hearts
are failing. But where will
the love go? And when
President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack
in 1955, it galvanized
the nation. Mmm, mmm– (gasps) Someone look into this! Uhh! Americans were
determined to
fight heart disease, but instead,
they were bamboozled
by the sugar industry and one very suave
scientist. (whoosh) This is Ancel Keys,
a scientist so popular, he once made the cover
of “Time” magazine. (camera shutters clicking,
people cheering) (wolf whistle) Keys was certain
that fat was the cause
of heart disease, but only because
he cherry-picked his data to get the result
he wanted. This data’s out of sight!
This data can sit on it! Fat makes you fat.
Ehh! (people laugh and hoot) And nobody cared that
his research was bad? Not really. Except for one slightly
less popular scientist named John Yudkin. Actually, sugar
is the likely culprit. When you eat more sugar
than your liver can
normally process, it’s stored as fat. Hey, get a load
of the nerd! (laughter) Keys denounced Yudkin and made fun of his
research in public. (Yudkin stammering) Fat makes you fat. End of story! (people cheering) And people
just believed this jerk? Yeah, because
of a big assist from a group with
a sickly sweet agenda, the sugar industry. (pop music playing) In the ’60s, these
candy-coated capitalists started straight up
paying scientists to downplay
the dangers of sugar and shift
the blame to fat. Here’s a little something
for that big “fat problem” we have. You got it, sugar. (music stops) I mean, “you”
the sugar industry. I wasn’t
calling you “sugar.” When John Yudkin spoke out against sugar in 1972, the industry
publicly mocked him, calling his research
“science fiction.” Now, now, we’ve been
eating fat for millennia, but if we track the rise in sugar consumption, there’s a clear correlation
with the rise in heart disease and obesity. (laughing)
If we track the rise
of sugar consumption! Live long and prosper!
Beep beep! I am a sugar robot! (laughter) I am not a sugar robot. I’m not! The sad truth is,
Yudkin was right. We now know that sugar is linked to both heart disease
and weight gain and has been found to be
more addictive than cocaine. But Keyes
and sugar industry spent so many years
swaying the research that by the time
that Yudkin retired,
the public was convinced. Despite being right
the whole time, he died in obscurity. (wind blows) Wow. Science is
a harsh business. And Big Sweet’s relentless
lobbying didn’t stop there. They spent years
packing health panels with sugar-friendly
scientists. We need reliable,
objective research! I’ve got just the man. (drum roll) (playing whistle)
Fat’s bad. Their campaign reached
its sugar height when the USDA
officially recommended a low-fat diet in 1980. (“Star Spangled Banner” plays) Fat is the enemy! (laughter) This lead to a full-blown craze for low-fat food everyone started
getting thinner. Right? Quite the opposite. After the USDA
came out against fat, obesity rates
actually skyrocketed. (laughing)
But why?! Low-fat foods must help me
lose weight. I mean, I’m cutting out
something, right? Wrong. When you take the fat out,
it makes food taste worse, so to make it
more palatable, food companies typically
a little something– piles and piles of sugar. Oh! This fat-free cake
tastes like Styrofoam, y’all. Let’s just add
a little sugar. And… much better. (giggles) Now, let’s talk about why I think white sugar
is superior to brown– Okay, that’s enough!
Oh, yikes. But you said
that sugar makes
you gain weight. Exactly. The sugar industry
peddled bad science and demonized fat
in order to sell us
more of the product that actually causes
heart disease and weight gain. And now, eating
so much sugar has made us fatter
and unhealthier. Et tu, Snacky?