THIS YEAR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS HAVE BEEN CHANGING THEIR TUNE, WITH NUMEROUS REPORTS OF CERTAIN FATS HAVING POSITIVE EFFECTS ON HEALTH, WHILST MAINTAINING THAT THEY STILL BE EATEN IN MODERATION…
Understandably consumers are confused, especially when standing in the dairy aisle, in front of creamy full fat yoghurt and its slimmer brother. Whilst it may still be too early to make claims, we can look at the history of fat consumption and the health of people who consume it.
In a multi-year British study involving several thousand men, half adopted a ‘healthy’ diet: they reduced cholesterol and saturated fats, stopped smoking and increased ‘good’ unsaturated vegetable oils. After a year, those on the ‘good’ diet had 100% more deaths than those on the ‘bad’ diet. In the conclusion of the study, the author decides to side line the negative results: “The implication for public health policy in the UK, is that a preventative programme such as we evaluated in this trial, is probably effective.”
The few studies which link fat reduction to the incidence of coronary heart disease, have also documented an increase in deaths from cancer, brain haemorrhage, suicide and violent deaths. An example of nature telling us to enjoy fats can be seen right at the beginning of life. Mother’s milk contains over 50% of its calories as fat, and mostly saturated, which is essential for growth, especially brain development. So why are we recommending low fat diets for kids?
As much as we love to contradict nature in the modern diet and push away from the naturally fatty foods, there are a lot of people in the world who are living proof that eating a high fat diet improves health and longevity. Many researchers point to the Japanese (who have the longest average life span) to justify low fat diets, when in fact the Japanese eat a moderate amount of fats, but do not consume a lot of vegetable oil and processed foods, which are the make-up of many reduced fat alternatives! The Swiss, Austria and Greece live nearly as long as the Japanese and they have high fat diets.
People living in North America consume 17 times more animal fat than those in the South, but have an incidence of coronary heart disease 7 times lower than that of the South. Eskimos eat liberal amounts of fat on their natural diet and they are free of disease and a very hardy population!
Dietary fat is critical to your health. You need to eat fat in order to absorb Vitamins A, D, E, and K (which, between them, affect every system in your body). Fat is essential for cell construction, nerve function, digestion, and for the formation of the hormones that regulate everything from metabolism to circulation. The membranes of every cell in your body are composed of fat molecules. Hey, your brain is composed of more than 60% fat and cholesterol!!!!
Many health professionals acknowledge the advantages of a ketogenic diet, which is a very low carb diet consisting of 50-60% fats. The natural Ketones produced by the body can improve:
⦁ mental sharpness
⦁ sleep issues
⦁ blood sugar stabilization
⦁ muscle gain
⦁ reducing inflammation
⦁ increased energy
⦁ stabilize mood
⦁ elimination of LDL cholesterol
⦁ hydration of the skin
If you worry about ‘safe’ levels of fats in a healthy diet, one way to stay in the ‘safe’ zone is to simply eat real, whole, unprocessed foods. For example, I’m sure you are aware of the fatty acid Omega 6 and its inflammatory effects on the body, but Mother Nature has it covered. Real foods, such as pure cacao, which contain omega 6, also contain fairly equal amounts of the anti-inflammatory Omega 3, and boy, when these polyunsaturated fats come head to head great things can occur, such as cell repair and regeneration, cognitive health improvements, nerve growth and function accelerates.