FAT gets a bad rap. The general assumption is that consuming a low-fat diet promotes heart health and weight loss. Unfortunately, the science behind the low-fat trend is flawed and inaccurate. The campaign against eating fat began with a research study conducted by Ancel Keys in the 50s and 60s.
Many experts have taken the time to debunk Key’s findings and inform Americans that consuming more of the right kinds of fat might be a solution to common health issues.
Experts weigh in…
“The flaws in Key’s study have proved to be numerous: he only selected countries that would prove his hypothesis; only reported on a small portion of the participants he studied; and he inaccurately interpreted correlation as causation. Even at the time, many scientists called out these flaws. And more recent studies have shown that in fact eating natural fats comes with a host of healthy benefits, while low-fat diets can have an adverse affect. However, the damage was done. Heart disease was a big concern in the U.S. so Key’s flawed theory took off, and played no small part in the rise of the low-fat food movement.” –I Quit Sugar
“In human experiments, those who ate high-fat diets had a much faster metabolism. Low-fat, high-carb diets spiked insulin, subsequently slowing their metabolism and storing belly fat. The higher-fat diet group had a faster metabolism, even eating the same amount of calories. Another human study, also conducted by Dr. Ludwig and his Harvard colleagues, compared high-fat, low-carb diets with high-carb, low-fat diets in a controlled feeding study (where researchers provided all the food). Again, the high-fat group did better.” –Dr. Mark Hyman
It’s not eating fat that’s fueling our nation’s health and obesity epidemic.
We’re not talking about just any kind of fats, but the right kinds…
“The phrase “healthy fat” usually refers to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. What makes them healthy is that, among other heart-health benefits, they help reduce LDL cholesterol, the kind that clogs your arteries. Research also shows they can benefit insulin and blood sugar levels, decreasing the risk of type 2 diabetes.” – Self Magazine
Plant based fats we should be eating more of...
Walnuts, Cashews, Macadamia Nuts, Almonds, Pecans
Nut and Seed Butters
Olives and Olive Oil
Ground Flaxseed (a great egg substitute in baking)
Tofu & Edamame (Organic, Non-GMO)
Intrigued? Here are 9 Signs You Need to Eat More Fat
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