Ditch your dull "low fat" diet. Eating fatty food is good for you!
For the past 40 years, doctors and health experts have championed "low fat" diets in an ongoing quest to boost health and battle obesity. So, after four decades, what's the verdict?
Not good, I'm afraid. In fact, some might say the "low fat" diet experiment has proved to be an unmitigated disaster.
Ouch. What happened to prompt such a damning evaluation?
We don't have to look much further than the United States, where obesity has rocketed despite the percentage of calorie consumption from fat falling from 40% to 30% in the past 30 years. That is a significant decrease. And yet, despite such measures, fat gain has continued to climb at frightening rates.
What went wrong?
One reason is that the diet food industry compensated by replacing saturated fat with added salt and sugar. Yet by killing the fat in your food, the diet industry inadvertently increased your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
The common belief supported by doctors and health experts has stressed the association between saturated fat intake and heart attack risk. In a nutshell, too much fat leads to heart disease.
But is this belief true?
Recent studies suggest not. In fact, they go one important step further, by showing saturated fats have actually been found to be protective. Yes, that's right… far from killing your heart, saturated fats can actually save your heart and prevent you from developing coronary disease.
Are we now saying fat is good and sugar is the real dietary villain?
Professor David Haslam believes so. He is the chair of the National Obesity Forum, and had this to say: "The assumption has been made that increased fat in the bloodstream is caused by increased saturated fat in the diet, whereas modern evidence is proving that refined carbohydrates and sugar in particular are actually the culprits."
So, if sugar (and refined carbs) are bad, what should you be eating?
We need look no further than a diet largely based on vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, olive oil and fish. Sound familiar? Yes. It's a Mediterranean diet.
And it is no surprise this way of eating works, when healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and plenty of lean protein become the preferred food choices.
The result? You improve your health, boost energy levels and build your body.