The Low Fat TREND

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A survey question this week on Jimmy Moore's Blog asked readers, "How many more years do you think it will take before high-fat, low-carb nutrition is accepted and embraced as a healthy lifestyle in the United States? What needs to happen to bring about that paradigm shift in thinking?".  I think the main hurdle to creating that shift in thinking is the need for people to recover from the false notion that eating animals fats are bad for your health and will make you fat. 

I realize this is a huge hurdle when media, medical organizations and governments are bombarding us  with the message that you need to eat low fat to loose body fat and be healthy. I understand the resistance and fear, just a year ago I was completely against eating mono or sat fat myself.(But now that I have read so much on the subject, I wish I had wondered long ago, how humans ate animal fat for the last 70 generations yet had a faction of the diseases we have had since the low fat fad began 40 years ago.)

But, don't get me wrong, I do not think people who eat like me, who are no longer fat phobic, are eating tons and tons of fat, compared to those that eat a standard diet with junk food everyday.  We just aren't afraid to have it as part of a diet of whole, low carb, unprocessed food and we are eating animal fat as opposed to margarine and evil vegetable fats*.

I love eating fat because:
                                     1. it makes food taste so much better
                                     2. it makes me happier
                                     3. it makes me feel full and satisfied for many hours at a time
                                     4. it is good for me (and my arteries are happy - as long as I don't have refined carbs with it)
                                     5. it helps me loose inches off my waist (from a size 14+ jean to a size 10)

 Here are my favorite resources about eating healthy fats:

Saturated Fat Is Good For You? - A podcast interview of Dr. Jeff Volek on the Ask The Low Carb Experts

* Fats: Which to Eat, Which to Ditch  - The ultimate fats and oils guide by BalancedBites.com

 Butter, Obesity and Eenfeldt’s Law

Time to Stop Talking About Low-Fat, Say Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Experts

The Truth About Ancel Keys - We've Got it all Wrong - Blog by Denise Minger, debunking the bad science that started the low fat trend.

A Shocking Lesson on Margarine

Here is how Robb Wolf, Author of the Paleo Solution,  Explains this history of the low fat phenomenon 

"In the early 1950′s a biochemist named Ancel Keys submitted a paper for publication titled, “The Seven Countries Study”…….it appeared to show a strong statistical relationship between the amount of fat consumed in a given country and the incidence of heart attack.  It appeared to be an airtight case that the more fat a country consumed, the more heart disease.  In fact, the data Keys reported did follow this trend line, but only when he conveniently threw out all of the conflicting results.(bold added)
Numerous countries with high fat intake also showed remarkably low CVD.  Other countries showed high CVD while eating little fat.  When considered in its entirety, the Seven Countries Study should have involved twenty-two counties, and the conclusion from this larger (accurate) data set would have been, “There is no relationship between fat intake and CVD.  Some other factor is at play here.”
Unfortunately, this is not what happened.  Keys had a bit of a puritanical streak and felt people needed to restrict their rich food intake, particularly meat and saturated fat.  Keys recommended a “prudent diet” based on vegetable oils (like corn and soy) and grains….
…..we had a post-World War II sense of government do-goodery that drove the McGovern Commission to champion the fat-heart hypothesis.  This occurred despite massive outcry from the scientific community that dietary fat, in particular saturated fat, was not the causative factor in CVD. (bold added)"

"There was…no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD."
Siri-Tarino PW, et al. Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Mar;91(3):535-46.

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