For decades we consumers have been stocking our shopping carts with any and all products labeled as being low fat. Parents, believing they were contributing to the health of their children, went for the low fat (though often very sugary) brands of products such as yogurt. We were doing so based on national dietary guidelines that told us quite clearly, fat makes us fat. Unfortunately, recent scientific research has shed light on the subject and as it turns out, it may all be a big, fat lie.
Recent research is pointing to a new unders tanding of the function of fat and its relationship with our body weight and our overall health. The findings suggest that removing fat from your diet is a terribly poor idea. Fat in most forms, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and saturated are essential for the integrity of our cell membranes, our hearts, our immune system, and our skin.
But the fact remains, ladies and gentlemen, that not all fats are created equal. A few fats, especially trans fats, deserve every bit of disparagement they get and then some. Trans fat is found in numerous foods – commercially fried food such as French Fries from some fast food chains, other packaged snacks such as microwaved popcorn as well as in vegetable shortening and some margarine.
What matters most is the source of the fat. We should eat fat that occurs naturally – like in yogurt (preferably the Greek kind), avocados, meats, nuts, seeds etc. not from poor quality vegetable oil products (Canola, Corn Oil, Margarine). So, don’t believe the low fat hype. Fat, from natural sources and in moderation, does not make you fat or unhealthy. As always, If you have questions about whether or not an oil or fat source in your fridge is a good one feel free to ask me (email/comment/facebook).
But if fat is not the problem, what’s with the sky rocketing rates of obesity, you might ask? Check out this “sweet” post.