28 Mar We’ve Been Duped About Fat
There are good and bad fats, The media, commercials, and big business make millions on cheap, bad fat (trans fats), and low-fat processed foods every year. These spin doctors have done their job misleading, creating fear, and confusing the public on the subject of fat. The public has been duped.
Pushing a low-fat diet has actually helped to increase the obesity epidemic in this country. The misinformed public actually believes that if you eat fat you’ll get fat and so the mindless low-fat craze continues. The public at large is over-weight and sadly gaining every year due partially to this deception on the topic of fat.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that around 26.5 percent of all American adults are now considered obese. It’s now believed that 1 in every 5 deaths are obesity-related.1 The low-fat diet has primarily failed to live up to its promise of reducing the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
Cardiologist consultant Dr. Aseem Malhotraand, a founding member of the Public Health Collaboration, stated that the dietary guidelines promoting low-fat foods were “perhaps the biggest mistake in modern medical history, resulting in devastating consequences for public health.”2
The low-fat label encourages people to stay away from all fats, even the good fats that are essential in the human body. Yes, some fats are so vital that they are essential! Omega 3 with vital EPA and DHA which come from fish, krill, and anchovies are just some of these essential fats. Other fish which are rich in omega 3 include salmon, lake trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, and tuna. All of these are excellent for your brain and heart.3
Bad fats like margarine and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils are inflammation inducing. They go rancid easily. Sadly, in the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) these unhealthy hydrated oils are consumed way too often. Warning! Stay away from these fats called trans-fats.
Food producers commonly remove healthy fat from food. Then they replace the missing fat with refined carbohydrates from sugar creating processed food. Without fat, the product tastes horrible! They need to fill it up with sugar to make it palatable. Unfortunately, when we eat these toxic foods, they cause a spike in blood sugar. This rollercoaster of high and low blood sugar results in hunger sharply rising and falling spiking the body’s insulin.4 The result is that most of these fake foods become stored as fat. Obesity will continue to rise if these fake highly processed trans-fats continue to be the primary fat in the diet.
Most people have no idea just how wonderful and essential healthy fats are for the human body. The right kind of fat increases satiety because it burns slowly. Good fats maximize the body’s metabolism, protects against heart disease, speeds nutrient uptake, assists in weight loss, and improves the fat-soluble vitamin uptake of A, D, E, and K.5 This includes unprocessed high-fat organic foods like avocado, unprocessed organic cheese, butter, and ghee. Healthy fats like olives, eggs, olive oil, coconut oil, ocean fish, nuts, and organic nut-butters are all packed with important vitamins, minerals, and free-radical fighting antioxidants. Fat is necessary for wellness. The source of the food (fat) you are eating is what matters.
In contrast, a diet that is primarily low-fat or bad fat like partially hydrogenated oils (primarily found in processed foods), will continue to contribute to all manner of a flabby population. Obesity leads to disease, sickness, unforeseen stress on the body, mental illness, heart attacks, and depression.
Sticking to foods that have zero man-made trans fats can assist in this unhealthy obese culture doing an about-face. So eat your fat! Only make sure it’s a healthy, unpasteurized, organic, full-fat.
1 Website: Marcela, What Happens to Your Body When You Are Obese? The Effects of Obesity You Can’t Always See
2 Website: The Guardian, Official advice on low-fat diet and cholesterol is wrong, says health charity
3 Website: Mayo Clinic, Omega-3 in fish: How eating fish helps your heart
4 Website: Healthy Simple Life, Dietician Cassie; The Blood Sugar Rollercoaster
5 Website: How Stuff Works; Julia Layton, How does dietary fat help us absorb vitamins?