Have you heard that eating fat will make you fat? Have you heard that it can cause terrible health problems? Most of America has. However, there is more and more evidence that healthy fat is not at all the culprit of these crimes. After years of eating a very low fat (to no fat) diet we can personally attest to the importance of healthy fats. When we became aware of how important they are and started adding them back into our diet we noticed some wonderful changes. The fact is we may have all been lied to for years.
Now, it’s important to know what kinds of fats are good. Some are actually bad. It’s the difference between saturated fats and trans fats. Saturated fats are the good fats that are important for good health. You can get these in healthy, natural sources like avocados, coconut oil, fish, pastured beef, raw pastured milk, olive oil and organic pastured butter.
Tans fats on the other hand are not good for you. These are hydrogenated vegetable oils that have been artificially manipulated. They can in fact help lead to cancer, heart disease and diabetes among other chronic diseases. This is part of what makes greasy foods so bad for you. (source)
Here are 5 reasons to rethink a low fat diet:
Sugar Makes You Fat (Not Fat)
People who don’t get enough healthy fat in their diet tend to eat higher levels of sugar which can cause diabetes over time. What many don’t know is that those with diabetes are much more likely to experience heart disease and/or stroke.
The New York Times recently published an article (How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat) explaining how the sugar industry paid scientists to promote saturated fat as the cause of heart disease and play down the dangers of sugar. Interestingly, there is plenty of evidence that refined sugar is in fact the problem, not saturated fats. (source) (source)
Unfortunately the popular Seven Countries Study by Dr. Key has been found to be terribly inaccurate. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a review of all the research done on saturated fat. They found that there was no correlation between heart disease and saturated fat.
Consuming Omega-3 fats can have heart healthy benefits such as lowering blood pressure, acting as an anti-inflammatory and preventing a blood clot within a blood vessel. Some research even shows that taking omega-3 fat has helped reduce the chance of sudden cardiac death in heart attack survivors! (source) (source)
Fat Soluble Vitamins
There are certain vitamins that can only be absorbed with fat. If you aren’t getting any fat you probably aren’t getting any of these vitamins. Vitamin A, D, E and K all need some fat to be absorbed. These vitamins can help with things like heart health, eye health, cancer prevention, autism, dementia, asthma, depression and obesity. (source)
Did you know your brain is made up of about 60% fat? Kind of makes a low fat diet sound a little sketchy. When we don’t have the fat needed for our brains we can experience depression, anxiety and even bipolar disorder. A low fat diet may even be the cause of Alzheimer’ s Disease. When we have those healthy Omega-3 fats we can experience better memory, learning, happiness and cognition. (source) (source)
Our hormones do so many things behind the scenes that we really aren’t aware of. If we aren’t giving them what they need we can experience some troubles. Saturated fats are essential to hormone health. Healthy fats regulate the production of sex hormones and help regulate many of the body’s important functions. (source) (source)
We hope learning a little bit about how fat can be healthy will help you as much as it has us! Consuming fat in moderation has been a wonderful addition to our diet.
For more healthy living articles make sure you stop by and see 5 Little Known Potential Causes of Anxiety, Healthy is a Lifestyle Not a Diet, Healthy Veggie Hacks and How a Burger Can Actually be Good for You.
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