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Rethinking our phobia of fat

Since the 1950’s, we have been bombarded with the message that fat makes you fat and that saturated fats (such as those found in butter, eggs, coconut oil and red meat) are unhealthy. Yet, despite our dutiful efforts to eliminate saturated fats from our diet for fear of high cholesterol levels and hardened arteries, the rate of obesity, diabetes and heart disease continues to climb.

Over the years, as our phobia of fat has cemented itself firmly in our consciousness, bacon and eggs have given way to the culinary abomination known as the egg white omelet and new fangled faux foods such as ‘I can’t believe its not butter’ and soy milk. But what if tossing out your egg yolks, ditching your butter and milking bean’s rather than cow’s is not such a great idea? What if our phobia of fat is unfounded, unnecessary and even unhealthy?

The experts are right, our diet is killing us but traditional foods such as butter, eggs and beef are not to blame.

Consider the following…

Did you know?

People in northern India consume 17 times more animal fat than people in southern India yet have an incidence of obesity and coronary heart disease that is 7 times lower!

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The Masai tribe in Africa subsides almost exclusively on fat and cholesterol rich milk, blood and beef. Yet they are totally free from obesity and heart disease and their cholesterol levels are extremely low!

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The Swiss have the second longest lifespan of any nation in the world yet they have one of the fattiest diets in the world. Tied for third in the longevity stakes are Austria and Greece – both with high-fat diets!

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France has lower rates of obesity and coronary heart disease than most western countries yet their diet is loaded with saturated fat from butter, eggs, cheese, cream, liver, meats and rich pates!

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The secret behind the Sumo wrestlers burgeoning body weight is a low fat high carbohydrate diet!

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A study that followed close to 13,000 children found that weight gain was directly associated with drinking reduced-fat milk! The study showed that dairy fat was in fact not associated with weight gain.

Did you know?

The Framingham Study, one of the largest long term studies on heart disease, found that the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower people’s serum cholesterol. The study found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories weighed the least and were the most physically active!

So, for those who think the answer to their weight woes lies in filling their shopping trolley’s with rice cakes, skim milk and margarine – think again!

 

 


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