Let talk about Fat:
My mother in law has cooked with olive oil her whole life. She was a very heavy lady until she had gastric bypass surgery. But she doesn’t have heart disease. Her kids are healthy& robust. Her family appears to enjoy good health. My mom always cooked with butter instead of margarine. When the fad went to vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats, we tossed out natural saturated fats and embraced trans fats. This was a big, big mistake.
Fat is an important part of diet. The simple truth about fat is: you have to eat fat to lose fat. I just need you to eat the right kind of fat.
Fat fell out of favor at the end of the 70’s. Once the 80’s hit, the government told us that animal fats caused heart disease. The Government Guidelines recommended we limit our saturated fat to less than 10 percent of our daily calories. Americans started buying low-fat products. However, over the next two decades, we have seen an epidemic of obesity and diabetes.
Now in 2010 the latest science is supporting saturated fats again. In the March edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition researchers attribute America’s obesity and bad health to carbs – not saturated fats. I believe cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease is linked to too much carbs in the diet. Reducing saturated fat in the diet does not prolong life or lower the incidence of coronary heart disease.
The real killer is trans-fatty acids, not saturated fat. Trans fat should be omitted from our diet, period.
I don’t care if my patients get about 50 percent of their fat intake from saturated fat. I want to see “good” cholesterol (HDL) levels, and no problems with insulin resistance. High HDL is the most reliable way to prevent heart disease.
I recommend eating a diet with good-quality protein and good-quality fat.
Most of the nutritionist I talk to, recommend fats and oils for good health. Why?
Fats including the Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA-DHA 720) – a deficiency can lead to depression, dementia, lack of concentration and a host of chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Eat the right fats and you will:
- Burn fat
- Increase weight loss
- Increase your metabolism
- Reduce inflammation
- Become more sensitive to insulin, which will balance your blood sugar
I recommend EPA-DHA 720 by Metagenics as a good source of omega 3 fatty acids