The lowdown on fats.
Fat does not make you fat. In fact, health psychologist and cell biologist Joan Borysenko is of the opinion that “One single medical recommendation – to eat low fat foods – spawned a high-carb feeding frenzy that may be the single most expensive mistake, in terms of both human suffering and economics, ever made in the name of evidence-based medicine.”
To help simplify and cut through all the conflicting dietary advice, firstly we need to acknowledge that there are different types of fats in the fat family. There’s the well behaved family members- saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, all of which can be found in real, unprocessed, good whole foods. Then there is the dodgy one in the fat family, which is the trans fats. Trans fats are your highly processed and deep fried foods- cakes, biscuits, muesli bars, breakfast cereals, microwave popcorn, deep friend snacks etc. Those my friends, are the types of fats that need to be avoided! Not ALL fats. That’s what should have been stipulated YEARS ago before the health recommendations jumped to nasty conclusions about fats as a whole. I mean just because one family member goes rogue, doesn’t mean we banish the whole family from Christmas dinner!
What you also need to realize though is that most “bad” foods that contain trans fats are usually also pumped full of refined sugars and artificial flavors which are just as bad, if not worse than the trans fats themselves. The fat content in a piece of chocolate cake for example, is not nearly as detrimental to your health as the sugar content. Unfortunately fats were the only ones that got the blame which created a huge industry of low fat/skim/fat free/skinny products. The problem with these is that bucket loads of sugar is added to compensate for taste. Then to counteract the super sweet flavor, they pump in a heap of sodium. What started out as a “health recommendation” ended up causing us to over consume sugars, salts and chemically modified artificial sweeteners. Obesity epidemic, welcome to the party!
Without scaring the bejesus out of you, the easiest way to avoid all that nonsense is to JUST EAT REAL FOOD. #JERF!! Honestly, it’s the easiest, simplest way to get your diet back on track. Shop at the end isles of the supermarkets and not the middle isles. And don’t be afraid of the good fats! Consuming fats is crucial to organ and hormone health, while wholefoods with fatty acids are essential in assisting the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E & K).
And did you know that eating good fats actually HELPS prevent overeating? When eating, fats and proteins send signals to the brain to let the body know that you are actually consuming food. Because carbohydrates and sugars signal differently, without fats present the carbs cannot signal to the brain as efficiently to tell it that you’re full. This can cause overeating and binge eating which is fun for nobody!
If all this is far too boring, then just remember:
Avocado, coconut, nuts, fish, olive oil, eggs = GOOD
Cakes, sweets, chips, pastry, fried foods = BAD