In reading Mark Hyman, M.D.’s book Ultra-Metabolism, I just HAD to share some insight that astounded me, as I know it will you. It’s regarding a serious problem with a no fat or low fat diet.
But before I get to the portion of the book I must share with you, let me give you a bit of background. If you have paid attention to any of the “health” suggestions in the United States over the last several years, diet theories have come and gone, but one has remained ~ low-fat is better! Well, the information I’m about to share with you will challenge that thinking and gives reasoning why that just isn’t true.
Our bodies need healthy fats, like nuts and avocados, to function properly. Of course, we need to be smart about which fats we put into our mouths, and certainly, not all fats are created equal (coconut oil vs twinkie!).
Here is the excerpt from the book that I can’t do justice without you reading it as the author wrote it (it is under the heading There Is No Evidence That Fat Is Bad For You):
“The great irony in all this is the fact that there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support the idea that a low-fat diet contributes to either weight loss or good health. You may find that a bit hard to swallow, because the idea is so prominent in our culture. Nonetheless, it’s true. Have a look at the following studies.
Consider the data on the relationship between high-fat diets and heart disease. We all ‘know’ that a high-fat diet causes heart disease. We have been taught that eating fat increases our cholesterol and high cholesterol causes heart attacks. From this information we conclude that dereasing the fat in our diet would lead to fewer heart attacks. But while death from heart disease seems to be dropping, the number of people acquiring heart disease is not. The American Heat Association’s own statistics show that between 1979 and 1996, medical procedures for heart disease increased from 1.2 million to 5.4 million a year. Heart disease isn’t decreasing with the low-fat diet America has adopted; we are just better at treating heart disease once it exists.
Another famous project, the Lyon Heart Study, had to be stopped prematurely because people eating the low-fat American Heart Association diet were dying, while those eating the healthy higher-fat Mediterranean diet, including olive oil, olives, nuts, avocadoes, and fish, were doing fine.
A more recent study found that over ten years healthful lifestyle practices in an older population (70- to 90-year-olds), including a higher-fat, Mediterranean diet, moderate physical activity, nonsmoking status, and moderate alcohol consumption, were associated with nearly a 70% reduction in death from any cause.
An example that is almost too absurd to believe is the Harvard Nurses Health Study, which involved over 300,000 women studied over a ten-year period, to find out if there were any correlation between dietary fat and heart disease. The U.S. government spent nearly $100 million on the study, hoping to prove that dietary fat was indeed a killer.
The study ultimately found that there was no connection between the two, but the government refused to change public policy, which had been built on the idea that a low-fat diet was a healthier way to eat years before the study was completed. Dr. Willett, the lead researcher and spokesperson for the project, even publicly decried the government’s reaction as ‘scandalous,’ but there was no effect. Public policy for a low-fat diet is still on the books to this day, even though it was adopted without a shred of scientific evidence.
The truly unfortunate part about this scandalous decision is the fact that U.S. policy on low-fat diets has contributed to an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer-related disorders. How? By encouraging Americans to adopt a low-fat diet and recommending in the 1992 USDA Food Pyramid that it’s healthy to eat six to eleven servings of cereal, rice, bread, and pasta in place of fat. This pattern of eating has been proven to contribute to every one of these fatal health conditions.”
Amazing, isn’t it? Interesting, also, that the very next section of the book is How Pharmaceutical Companies and the Food Industry Are Conspiring to Keep You Fat. Comforting, huh?
This is what it boils down to… YOU have control over what food (or chemical) you put into your mouth. YOU have the ability to make yourself healthy and not live in a disease-filled body. YOU can make good choices TODAY to becoming a healthier you! All it takes is a little adjustment, changes in your thinking, and choosing to live this way as a lifestyle and not a fad.
Healthy fats are not only good for you, they taste good, too! Have you ever had organic peaches with coconut cream on top as your afternoon snack? Have you ever tried raw pear cobbler with an almond-base, filled with cinnamon and nutmeg? There are delicious and easy ways to get these good fats into your diet. Check out several good recipes at Gluten-Free Recipes, Paleo Recipes, and Raw Recipes!!!
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Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own business in the fitness industry. She has 3 special needs children, with one child with an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, and research with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!