How The War On Fat Was A Big Mistake

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Many experts now believe that the war on fat was the biggest mistake in the history of nutrition.

At exactly the same time that we were all told to reduce the animal fat and cholesterol that we ate, the correlation and incidence of many serious diseases also increased. Now we find ourselves in the midst of a worldwide crisis of obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

The truth of the matter is, that neither saturated fat nor dietary cholesterol have been proven to cause harm in our bodies. The experts are now realizing that the movement to eat a low-fat diet was based on inaccurate and flawed studies. With the obesity crisis plaguing the world, research has shown that these previous studies have now been completely proven false.

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The Epidemic Of Obesity And Quickly Ensuing Diabetes in the U.S. Started At Basically The Same Time As The Low-Fat Movement Took Off

Back in the late 70’s was when this movement started by encouraging us all to eat a low-fat diet and avoid fats altogether. The obesity epidemic began at the same time. While people started giving up butter, they replaced it with low fat-foods that were much higher in carbs and sugar.

When we replaced butter and lard with vegetables oils and trans fats is when even more serious disease occurred in the modern world. The obesity epidemic started in 1980 and has continually worsened. The diabetes epidemic started around 1990. Obesity and diabetes have now become the biggest health epidemic in the world, unfortunately killing millions of people each year including children. Third World countries are also being hard hit by this due to the rampant malnutrition there and programs that supply them with food filled only with empty carbohydrates and sugar.

In European Countries They Consume The Absolute Most Saturated Fat In Their Diet And Yet They Consistently Have the Lowest Risk of Heart Disease

60 Minutes did an interesting segment in 1991 entitled “The French Paradox” that investigated this phenomenon. At the time it was the opposite of U.S. standards because according to the U.S. nutrition experts, the French do everything wrong in their diet. They eat a high-fat diet, they don’t exercise regularly, they smoked regularly…. yet somehow miraculously had half the rate of heart disease as Americans (143 vs. 315 per 100,000 middle-aged men). They also lived at least 2.5 years longer with this lifestyle!

Despite a diet rich in foods like pastries, cheeses and cream sauces, France is not a country rampant with obesity, and apparently this has mostly to do with this type of eating lifestyle. Instead, we North Americans like to shovel down processed foods as if eating were healthy to do so.

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Some of the longest living people are from the southwest of France (The Gers). Their typical meal is very high in saturated fats – they use duck fat for cooking, foie gras, sausage, cassoulet, (pork sausage, goose, duck, pork skin, beans) and lots and lots of cheese (oh and daily wine).

The truth is that consuming saturated fat and cholesterol has nothing to do with cardiovascular disease. Focusing on eating healthy proteins in proportion with healthy fats (yes, even saturated fats) and a limited amount of good carbs is a healthy diet that will keep obesity and diabetes away!

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