For decades, traditional medicine and many popular cultural beliefs have made us believe that the less fat we consume and the more exercise we do the better health we´ll have. But, Is this really true?
We, human beings are made up of fat and we depend on these to live, think (our brain is composed of 60% fat), having a healthy metabolism and be able to perform throughout the day in our daily activities.
Unfortunately we´ve seen ourselves immerse, due to advertisement and marketing, in the fat free tendency. If we look closely at the market we´ll realize that it´s flooded with products that discourage the consumption of fat such as fat free, low fat, light products and those which say not to have calories at all.
Several studies show that since this tendency started in 1980, fat consumptions has decreased between 33% and 43% and obesity rates worldwide have increased, along with diabetes index, third age dementia and cardiovascular diseases. In a timeframe of only 56 years (1960 to 2016) diabetes index has risen in 700%.
So, a question arises: Are fats really responsible for all these diseases?
And the answer is: NO. Excess sugar and highly processed food are the main cause of the harm to our body, therefore responsible of making us fatter and sicker.
Did you know that the industry raises the quantity of sugar in products to compensate the lack of fat in many foods and be able to reduce cream in dairy products? That´s why consuming these products actually increase your sweet cravings.
It´s important to mention that not all fats are good for us. We should be aware of which types of fats exist and which are beneficial to our bodies.
There´s basically two types of fats: those that come from nature (lets call them real fats) and those created by man through chemical processes (fake or unreal fats). Nature is wise and we´ve come to prove that real fats not only form part of our organism but have played a key role in our evolution as a specie throughout the years.
On the contrary, fats created by man seem to be one of the pillars causing many modern diseases. Here´s a list with “real fats” and synthetic fats (those created by man for industry)
Good Fats: Watch out for quality. Toxins are stored in fat deposits; in us humans and in all the animals we eat. So when you eat fat, attempt to choose the best source, ideally organic and coming from grass-fed animals.
▪ Organic Butter
Bad Fats: Beware of consequences. Fake fats may cause inflammation, acne, joint pain, heart diseases, diabetes, clots or embolisms and aggravates arthritis and fibromyalgia.
▪ Corn oil
▪ Canola oil
▪ Soy oil
▪ Cotton oil
▪ Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
▪ Vegetable fats
▪ Products that are labeled as light, low fat or fat free
If you decide to follow these advices and give your body natural fats instead of synthetic fats you´ll see noticeable changes in your metabolism functioning, you´ll slow your aging process, decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases and you´ll have a much more radiant skin.
P.S Currently, in modern medicine, cholesterol is considered as a poor indicator to measure cardiovascular disease risk because only 50% of the people who´ve suffered a heart attack have high cholesterol levels, while the remaining 50% who have high cholesterol don´t have any type of cardiovascular disease or problem.
If you want to read more about these studies here are two articles that talk about fat and cardiovascular disease myths and realities.