I just read this article from famous nutrition author Jon Benson.
I still can’t believe in this day and age how many people out there are confused about dietary fat (especially saturated fat).
Jon sets the record straight with this great article:
3 Big “fat” LIES about fat by Jon Benson author – Every Other Day Diet
Let me ask you a question:
If saturated fat causes heart disease, don’t you think that cultures that got…
oh, say… 60-70% of their calories from saturated fat would be dropping dead?
I mean, wouldn’t it stand to reason that the vast majority would suffer clogged arteries, massive heart attacks, strokes…
Sure. That would be the only logical conclusion… IF saturated fat caused heart disease.
Fortunately for you and me, it doesn’t.
In fact, the cultures that eat the MOST saturated fat (the Inuit, the Masai, the Rendille, and others) have the LOWEST incidence of heart disease.
The Masai do not even have a term for it in their native language, and they consume over 65% of their calories from pure saturated fat.
Listen: The “lower your fat” mantra has just been a matter of convenience (and profit) for the powers that be.
The grain industry has profited like a big dog from the USRDA’s ridiculous “food pyramid” –and “MyPlate” is not much better, trust me.
The truth is you should lower your CARBS, especially refined carbs, wheat, and corn…
and, yes, “healthy grains.”
You don’t need ’em — at least you don’t need 60-freaking-percent of your calories coming from them, as the government suggests.
What you need is a healthy BALANCE.
Okay, here’s the 3 big “fat” lies:
Lie # 1. “Fat causes heart disease.”
If logic isn’t enough, how about science?
Volek et al demonstrated how a LOW-fat diet plan increased harmful fats in the blood 300% more than a high, saturated fat diet plan.
High-fat diet plans have consistently out- performed low-fat diet plans when it comes to increasing LDL particle size.
The size of your LDL is the key, not the quantity of your LDL… and this is the one thing everyone agrees causes plaque to build in your arteries: Small-particle LDL.
If there is “a” cause of heart disease, it’s glycation. This is where a protein molecule bonds to a glucose molecule and becomes something akin to Frankenstein.
Glycated molecules are behind the nasty accumulation of plaque… and guess what?
Sugar (carbs) is the catalyst for glycation,
Lie #2. “Fat makes you fat.”
This has been refuted in over 200 studies that I could find at a ‘glance’, let alone in real life. My dietary fat intake is well over 30%, and has been as high as 65% while maintaining single-digit bodyfat.
Caution: With high fat dietplans, you must lower your carbs to under 50-70 grams a day.
Lie #3. “Low-fat products are better for you.”
90% of the time, this is blatantly false. Most “low-fat” products that are, by nature, high in fat, have added sugar — and sugar is the devil when it comes to health and bodyfat.
Now, naturally low-fat foods, like veggies and so forth, are, of course, highly recommended along with foods with naturally occurring fats.
Check this out here to see more LIES you’ve been told about your food.