Don't Be Afraid of Fat!
Published on: Monday, 24 September 2012 15:06:00.
When you eat fewer carbs, you'll eat more fat and protein in their place. Lots of people will be scared by this, since they, like me, have always been told that fat is unhealthy.
Cholesterol, saturated and unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, Omega 3 and Omega 6: we're barraged with these terms by the reputable and not-so-reputable media. If you know that the campaign to give up butter for health reasons was funded by the margarine industry, you'll read such articles a lot more critically in the future. Nutrition and health is a huge business. Articles on low-fat diets are cheap to produce but sold expensive. And yogurt with "Omega 3" printed on the packaging costs twice as much. When you look at the scientific research on which the articles are based, not much of substance remains:
Anyone who eats a lot of fat and carbs but doesn't exercise will become overweight. And it's obvious why the fat has that effect when you consider that fat provides twice as much energy as carbohydrates and protein.
But if you're not eating the carbs, high-fat food will lead to weight loss instead of weight gain. And anyone who drastically reduces his or her fat intake will quickly develop serious deficiencies (since many essential vitamins can only be absorbed together with fat).
Serious scientists are now backpedaling on the warnings against cholesterol, which earn the pharmaceutical industry billions of dollars every year. Even the distinction between good and bad cholesterol is no longer "state of the art". The claim that eating less fat keeps the heart healthy is striking but no longer supported by science. On the contrary: in the most recent compilation of research on foods that contribute to heart disease, the total intake of fat and saturated fatty acids is listed as neutral, and fats from nuts and seeds are listed as positive. In contrast, white flour and sugar were at the top of the list of foods that are bad for the heart.
If you'd like to learn more about this subject, I recommend the book More Fat! by Gonder and Worm. In addition to some entertaining and historical chapters, it provides a good summary of the current state of research.
I have no idea whether my current high-fat diet is going to kill me. The German Nutrition Society (DGE)'s website says I'm tempting fate, but without supplying any real scientific evidence. 400 years ago Gallileo wasn't convinced by the accepted teaching that the sun revolves around the earth, although this now seems obvious, especially when you hear it often enough. Still, the establishment of his day insisted on its teaching, ignoring_(and fighting) all the evidence to the contrary. It's the same way with the official assessment of high-fat diets. Even though there's evidence that the dogma "Fat is bad for the arteries and heart" can't stand (Duke University has established that blood pressure and blood fat levels improve much faster with a high-fat, low-carb diet), many doctors still demonize low-carb diets as harmful, without - at least according to my research - reliable scientific evidence. Therefore, I accept the risk that I (and many critical scholars) may be wrong and that the DGE may be right. At this time, nobody knows for sure.
On the other hand, I have this: the tastiest diet imaginable. Because everything tastes bland without fat!
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