Healthy Beginnings

Fat in the Diet – No longer a bad word

FatInTheDiet

For decades, the “powers that be” said a “healthy” diet consisted of whole grains and other high carbohydrate foods. They formed the base of the “food pyramid”. Look at the people around you at an airport or event and see where that has taken us!

Unfortunately, these recommendations couldn’t be further from the ideal path to a flat belly. A diet high in wheat and other grain products inevitably leads to chronically high blood sugar and poor sensitivity to insulin, which has been shown to be a major cause of abdominal fat accumulation and high cholesterol.

The vicious cycle is the more abdominal fat you gain, the worse your insulin sensitivity becomes!

On the other hand, fats are instrumental in the regulation of your overall hormonal balance, including many fat-burning hormones. When you replace the high carb items (grains, bread, and pasta) and start consuming healthy fats, you will be taking some big steps toward not only a flatter belly but a much healthier body and life style.

It was in 1878 in England that a strange new disease was first documented in the medical literature. A patient of Dr. Adam Hammer was diagnosed with what we have come to know as a “heart attack.” It was a very rare occurrence!

What kinds of fat did people eat back then? The fats in common use were lard (pig fat), tallow (beef fat), butter, coconut, palm and olive oil. They did not have the technology to produce corn, soybean, safflower and most other polyunsaturated oils.

So our ancestors, who never heard of “heart disease,” ate mostly animal fats which are loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat. The effects on their health were clearly evident- heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and numerous other “diseases of modern civilization” were rare!

We have heard “cholesterol and saturated fat cause heart disease” for so long and so often that we can repeat it in our sleep. But do they really? Both history and medical science say “NO!”

The cholesterol hypothesis of heart disease was first proposed in
the 1950s by researcher Ancel Keys. Keys’ landmark study has 
since been found to be seriously awed. He selected his data very carefully from six countries. Out of all his data, he only used those that supported his hypothesis. We have been stuck with the medical community’s acceptance of his theory ever since.

There has never been a study demonstrating that high blood cholesterol causes heart disease. There has never been a study that proved the consumption of saturated fat causes high cholesterol.
In fact, the opposite is true. Numerous studies have shown that cholesterol does not cause clogged arteries or heart disease.

It is very interesting to note that sugar consumption started to become more common at the beginning of the 20th century and has steadily increased along with the rate of heart disease. It would seem that there is a much stronger correlation between heart disease and sugar consumption than with saturated fat or cholesterol!

Actually what has been proven is that it is healthier to eat a larger amount of fats (coconut oil, butter, eggs, hemp oil and olive oil), a medium amount of protein (including animal protein) and a small amount of carbohydrates.

References

  1. Fife, Dr. Bruce, The Coconut Ketogenic Diet, Piccadilly Books, Ltd., Colorado Springs, CO, 2014
  2. Krumholz, H.M., Lack of association between cholesterol and coronary heart disease morbidity and mortality in persons older than 70 years, Journal of the American Medical Assoc., 1994;272:1335