Bellevue Nutrition | Busting Fat Myths

For years fat was badly maligned by the popular press, and we were told to eat no fat or very low fat diets. All of this despite the fact that fat is necessary for hormone production, controlling body temperature and protecting our vital organs. We were also told that eating fat would make us fat, despite the fact that the very opposite is true!

As a result people stocked their kitchens with low and no fat items ~ and got fatter. New findings and popular diets such as Paleo and Keto have proven the above myth to be absolutely untrue, and eliminated the stigma of eating good quality fats.

One of the interesting things that occurs when the fat is removed from a product is that it becomes quite tasteless. To counteract that, food manufacturers often add sugar, artificial flavors and salt. Another issue is absorption of nutrients: without good quality fats in your salad dressing, for instance, you will fail to absorb the lycopene in your tomatoes and beta-carotene in carrots or red peppers.

A study in the Lancet noted that higher carb intake was associated with an increased risk of total mortality, whereas increased fat intake was not. However, context is key here as the typical American diet contains 49% carbs, 34% fat, and 16% protein. So, neither high in carb or fat, with most of the carbs being processed and the fat saturated.

David Katz, MD, MPH, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center feels strongly that we should stop paying attention to such studies. “Depending on the foods you choose you can eat a low fat, high carb diet full of jelly beans and soda that’s terribly unhealthy and raises your disease risk, or you can eat a high fat diet rich in fried foods that does the same.”

The key is to eat a mostly healthy, balanced diet (containing macronutrients such as protein, carbs and protein) and not worry about ‘diets’ per say or results of popular studies! A diet rich in good quality fats will contain wild salmon (or sardines), avocado, olive oil, almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts ~ with a handful of cashews now and then. Flax seed and chia seed optional ☺ Bon appétit!

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