Eat More Fat – It’s Good For You!

The truth, we now know, is that when we stick to low-fat or no-fat foods we usually over-eat refined carbohydrates like bread, pasta, potatoes, and rice. These are the culprits that cause obesity and heart disease.

Is that news to you? Were you convinced that a low-fat diet is the way to eat?

Well, we all were… for decades. But that has changed.

An eight-year study of 7,000 participants in the U.S., age 55 and older, examined the role fat plays in our diet.

The study looked at two groups of people eating two different diets.

The first group ate what is commonly referred to as the Mediterranean Diet. It includes foods like meat, fish, olive oil, nuts, fruits and vegetables, legumes, and even wine.

The second group ate the diet many doctors in this country have been recommending for decades: lean only meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy as well as a plenty of bread, potatoes, pasta, and rice. All the while, our country’s obesity rates have become one of the world’s highest, even among our children.

The results clearly showed that individuals who stuck to the Mediterranean Diet (they did not eat fat-free daily and lean meat only) had a 30% reduction in the risk of heart attacks and stroke.

The results of this study were so dramatic that they stopped the trial after just 4.8 years because the control group eating the low-fat, high-carb diet was suffering from so many cardiovascular events, it would have been unethical to continue with the study.

Clearly mistakes and misinformation have guided our food choices for years. While we thought we were eating a diet that would keep the pounds off and our hearts healthy, the type of low-fat high-carb advice we’ve been adhering to has not delivered on its health promises.

Diets high in simple and refined carbohydrates and devoid of fat are to blame for the weight gain, high cholesterol, and clogged arteries. These include fast foods, fried foods, highly processed foods and pretty much most of what’s found on the table of the average family.

Fat is not the bad guy in the waistline wars. Bad fats, such as trans-fats, should be avoided at all cost. But good fats, including those found in meat, fish, and nuts are an important nutrient source. Removing them from our plate has led to our declining health over the last few decades. Fats play a huge role in helping us fight fatigue, maintain good mental health, and keep our immune systems strong. Most importantly, fats also help us to control our weight and prevent obesity related diseases.

The answer was never as simple as eating less and exercising more. The answer is learning to make healthy choices among the foods that are available to us. Learn to read food labels and understand which of the foods you eat are working against you and which ones are working for you.

Don’t be afraid to eat fats and make sure to take in lots of vegetables as they are a healthy source of complex carbohydrates. Stay away from refined carbohydrates and highly processed foods.

Maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle and making good food choices will help you live a longer, healthier, happier life.

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Katie McCormack

Katie is a contributor for DailyHealthDigital® for all topics related to aging, well-being and health. Her interests lie in holistic and natural remedies. She is an avid reader and a yoga practitioner.