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Six facts to fight your fear of fat

Thursday, November 28, 2013

"There's been a huge effort by health experts to reform our food supply and eating habits in light of the 'fat phobia' - a belief dietary fat is linked to chronic disease. But 50 years on, we're fatter, sicker and more poorly nourished.

The public's fear of fat is slowly melting away. However, it seems like most of the information is falling on deaf ears in the nutrition and public health community. Whether it's scepticism about drastically changing nutrition, or fear that what we've spent years telling the public may not be the complete story, the evidence that has re-emerged can't be ignored.

By no means are high-fat/low-carb diets the only answer to chronic diseases like obesity, coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes. After all, humans have adapted to thrive on many diets - including the opposing high-carb/low-fat diet. What we haven't adapted to is the Western diet - rich in refined grains, low on fruit and veg, made in factories and eaten on the run."

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    Since the new year, as it happens every year, there are a whole bunch of stories coming out about new diets to "help" people with their new year's resolutions. I am always astounded at how the same old dietary information seems to stick around and how much resistance there is (by food industry lobbyists, maybe?) to change, even when we can see the past 60 years or so of the SAD diet has only made us fatter and sicker. Nobody needed to run marathons or do crossfit 60 years ago to stay slim....so what has changed? An ever-increasing supply of GMO processed foods, maybe? All that sugar added to our "fat-free" foods to make it taste better?

    I've been wheat free (thanks to celiac disease) for over a decade, and completely grain free for 4 months after starting a paleo challenge at my crossfit gym. I love eating this way and feel mentally and physically healthier than I have in years. I ALWAYS go way over my "allowable" fat grams based on the food and nutrient tracker - and yet in the past several months I've gotten into just about the best shape of my life. It's weird how "unhealthy" the paleo diet (and other low-carb diets) is considered, when there is so much research on how bad sugars, simple carbs, and processed foods are for people to eat.

    Good luck to you in the New Year! keep up the great work!

    1412 days ago
  • SKATER787
    The low fat high carb guideline is a total disaster. I unfortunately followed a large chunk of it. For the first time in decades, I've just saved chicken fat for my stir fried application. Animal fats are the best for high temp application that I need. Even a UC professor admitted that study that implicated saturated fat as the bad guy was flawed.

    I'm saving all my animal fats that came out during cooking to be re-used. I'll always look for full fat yogurt and increase my use of saturated fats. I'll always eat protein with fat. I don't use PUFA to begin with. So at least I did one thing right.
    1451 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    I agree with you on that! The low calorie/low or no fat diets have not done anything but messed up our systems and it does take the medical profession years to catch up to the info and by then they are out of date again. Or out of touch with reality?
    1452 days ago
    We have certainly been led down the proverbial garden path about fats. The more research I do, the more disgusted I become.

    Fats are a good and healthy part of our rounded nutrition. "Fake fats" belong nowhere in that environment. The current recommendations against fats are based upon research which failed to separate trans-fats from saturated fats in the trials. Thus, the warnings are accurate for those trans fats... not so much for saturated. But industry and habit won't allow us the truth in the matter. How many billions are tied up in low-fat / reduced-fat / no-fat commercialism? I can't see them relinquishing their hold on us there.

    Thanks for the link.
    I hope it will help those who aren't digging for info otherwise!
    1453 days ago
    Thanks for posting, this is helpful.
    1453 days ago
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