If I were a fat molecule, I would be busy suing the medical community for slander, libel, defamation of character and most importantly for being a "liar, liar pants on fire!"
Here at Limitless Good we are all about Feeling Good and eating healthy. The problem is, there is often great confusion on what eating healthy really looks like. For years the medical and food industry has been trying to convince us that foods high in fat were bad for us. The story went, if you have more fat in your diet, your cholesterol goes up, your weight goes up and your life expectancy goes down. Suddenly every food was being modified to be low fat or fat free.
There was just one little problem...eating a diet that includes fats is actually healthy!
There is a great story in the NYT today that goes over a new study that was financed by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study compared people on a low-fat diet versus those on a low-carb diet.
"The low-fat group included more grains, cereals and starches in their diet. They reduced their total fat intake to less than 30 percent of their daily calories, which is in line with the federal government’s dietary guidelines. The other group increased their total fat intake to more than 40 percent of daily calories.
Both groups were encouraged to eat vegetables, and the low-carbohydrate group was told that eating some beans and fresh fruit was fine as well.
In the end, people in the low-carbohydrate group saw markers of inflammation and triglycerides — a type of fat that circulates in the blood — plunge. Their HDL, the so-called good cholesterol, rose more sharply than it did for people in the low-fat group.
Blood pressure, total cholesterol and LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol, stayed about the same for people in each group.
Nonetheless, those on the low-carbohydrate diet ultimately did so well that they managed to lower their Framingham risk scores, which calculate the likelihood of a heart attack within the next 10 years. The low-fat group on average had no improvement in their scores."
We will let you read the study and make your own decisions. The one thing that does seem clear, is that this notion of going on a low fat diet to improve your health and lose weight is just not true. While there can still be debate on the correct level of fats and carbs in the diet, I think we can all agree that eating natural, minimally processed food is the best way to Feel Good!
Read the NYT Article On Low Fat Diets