Despite spending decades avoiding foods rich in saturated fats, obesity in adults more than doubled between 1980 and 2008 and extreme obesity more than quadrupled. Low-fat diets and fat-free processed foods are major contributors to the rise of obesity and disease in both adults and children. According to Walter Willett, Harvard School of Public Health, “It is now increasingly recognized that the low-fat campaign has been based on little scientific evidence and may have caused unintended health consequences.” We’ve been brainwashed with bad information for years!
The fact is we need fat. Saturated fats are in every cell of your body.
Good fats boost energy levels, balance our hormones, increase fertility, help maintain a good mood, stave off depression, keep our skin glowing, and reduce the risk of having a stroke! Generally speaking, healthy high fat diets help maintain optimal health and well-being. The “Standard American Diet” which is based on processed foods high in refined carbohydrates and sugar, results in numerous health problems and diseases that were considered extremely rare just a few hundred years ago: obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. The human body needs fat to function.
Sources of healthy fats include:
Good fats vs. bad fats
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