That's right, saturated fat is not your enemy any longer! For decades fat, especially saturated fat, was demonized and we were all told by every doctor, nutrition specialist, and even our own government that dietary fat was the cause of our weight gain and the increase in diseases like diabetes and heart disease. In this week's What's That?! Wednesday post we are going to walk you through why the EXACT OPPOSITE is true and how overwhelming data now shows that eating less fat actually makes it more difficult to lose weight and increases our risk of inflammatory diseases significantly.
Since these recommendations came out in the 1970's our obesity and disease rates have skyrocketed and it is now projected that one in every two Americans will be obese by the year 2050. I'm no scientist, but something doesn't add up here! We have all followed our government's recommendation and now we have more people than ever with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and inflammatory driven conditions and the numbers get worse every year!
So, what's the truth?! Here are several saturated fat facts you need to know:
Basically saturated fat, in the absence of refined carbs/sugar, is not really a big problem, especially if you eat adequate amounts of other healthy fats like Omega-3's. So get rid of those low-fat and fat-free yogurts, cookies, and snacks and replace them with some healthy fat alternatives. It is important to keep in mind that not all fat is created equal - there are good and bad types of saturated fats so don't head to the drive through of the nearest fast food place for a double cheeseburger!! Instead check out our recommendations below...
4 Sources of Healthy Saturated Fats:
Remember friends...fat is not your enemy...get the word out by sharing this post if you feel inspired to do so. And stay tuned in the coming weeks when we discuss the role of monounsaturated fats in your diet and how to eat fat to balance your hormones and lose weight! Thanks for your support!
In good health,
1. University of Cambridge: March 2014
2. UCLA: January 2009
3. Psychosom Med: January 2005
4. American Journal of Nutrition: March 2008
5. Jama 2012
6. Eat Fat, Get Thin; Dr. Mark Hyman, February 2016
Billie Shellist, FDN-P
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