Removing saturated fat from our diet has resulted in a major rise in our consumption of carbohydrates

Health advocates have kicked off one of the largest obesity problems ever encountered by deciding that fat was bad.  Especially saturated fat.   We’re slowly learning that was a bad move.

Many of us still automatically pick up the skimmed milk rather than the full-fat in the supermarket, or choose low-fat spreads instead of butter.

Such shopping habits are the result of decades of official advice to cut back on foods containing saturated fats because they clog our arteries and raise the risk of heart attack.

But recently there have been the rumblings of a dietary revolution, with claims that saturated fat has been unfairly demonised.

Not only has swapping to skimmed milk and similar products done little to halt the rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes, but major scientific trials have acquitted saturated fat of responsibility for heart disease.

In the past week, Swedish researchers found that eating full-fat dairy products slashed the risk of type 2 diabetes.

We’ve even introduced Type-2 diabetes by forcing people onto, what turns out to be, unbalanced diets.  

In the study of more than 2,500 people, those who ate eight or more portions of high-fat dairy products a day had a 23 per cent lower risk of developing the condition than those who ate one portion or less. Previous research has suggested that fat affects how the body breaks down sugar.

And a Canadian study, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, found that eating dairy products such as cheese and cream may be associated with lower blood pressure and blood sugar – both factors linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Researchers found that people with healthier blood test results had a type of fatty acid in their blood that is associated with eating dairy food.

These are the latest in a line of reports that suggest we shouldn’t be shunning the full-fat option. In March, for example, an authoritative British study involving half a million people found that those who ate saturated fat were no more likely to develop heart disease than those who filled their trolley with low-fat yoghurts and fish. ‘Saturated fats do not cause heart disease,’ the researchers concluded.

Get the bacon out.  Use the butter, add the cream, and do no longer shy away from cheese.  You were meant to eat all of these in the first place.  Your body is missing them, and causing you to overload on carbs.

Indeed, the new thinking is that removing saturated fat from our diet has been the problem, as it’s resulted in a major rise in our consumption of carbohydrates, especially sugar.

This pushes up our blood sugar levels – and keeping blood sugar levels high for years is associated with type 2 diabetes and weight gain.

Those calling for a rehabilitation of saturated fat will be encouraged by a new book, The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong In A Healthy Diet, by U.S. science journalist Nina Teicholz.

‘The reality is that fat doesn’t make you fat or diabetic,’ says Teicholz. Her own moment of revelation came when the newspaper she was working for sent her to do restaurant reviews.

‘Suddenly, I found myself eating things that had hardly ever passed my lips before: pate, beef, cream sauces.

‘To my surprise, I lost 10lb that I hadn’t been able to shake for years, and my cholesterol levels didn’t change. It had a liberating effect on my regular eating habits.’

Of course, eating too much is still a problem.  As is lack of exercise.  But “watch what you eat” to avoid fats has been debunked for some time.   Whereas it has been seen as taken to extremes with Atkins and the Paleo diets, the truth is somewhere in the middle:   Stop worrying.   And enjoy a nice piece of drippy buttered toast with your bacon.  It really is good for you after all.

– via Mail Online

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