By Guy Lawrence
Unravel the myth
‘97% fat free’ or ‘low fat’! Ring any bells? If you are buying and consuming products that contain these or similar claims, replace them if you care about your health.
All food companies are interested in, is selling products. If public perception is that ‘fat is bad’ then companies will play on this big time! Trust me, if it’s fat free you can guarantee it’s loaded with sugar/carbohydrate.
Food companies maintain that sugar forms a useful part of a balanced diet, but an article in the British Medical Journal in 2005 warned: “Sugar is as dangerous as tobacco and, in terms of world health, far more important.”
Will fat give me high cholesterol?
Cholesterol is formed within the body, not from the fat we eat and it is an integral part of maintaining a healthy heart and cells.
By replacing fat with a high sugar/carbohydrate diet, your blood sugars are constantly being elevated. This results in overuse of your pancreas as it secretes insulin to regulate fluctuating blood sugar levels, which in turn increases cholesterol.
Fats also play a role in transporting essential vitamins around the body (A, D, E, K). These vitamins aid you in maintaining healthy skin, nails, hair and teeth as well contribute to the metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins. Without the fat, vitamins are unable to be transported around the body making you nutrient deficient, which slows down your metabolism.
And saturated fat?
As long as you keep it clean and natural, I’ve no doubt (in my opinion) that saturated fat is not the culprit here. In fact, I’d go as far to say that saturated fat is a vital component to good health and actually aids weight loss and assists your metabolism. If you’re struggling to agree with me at this point, like I said earlier, check out the facts for yourself. A great place to start is a book called Good Calories, Bad Calories by science journalist Gary Taubes.
He lays out a compelling argument to today’s conceptions regarding food, and from my experience, I couldn’t agree more.
What fats should I avoid?
A simple rule of thumb is this; if it is not completely natural, avoid it. A good example of this is; extremely heated, homogenised, processed and hydrogenated fats. Eat these at
- Look beyond the marketing of a product. If it’ s fat free, be very wary
- Fat does not make you fat
- Avoid any fat that has been through some kind of process at all costs; as stated as above
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