The Big Fat Story
Sad Story of Fats
Depending on how far back you would like to go, the strong demonisation of fats started in the 1970s when a statement was issued by the American government to reduce fat consumption as a means of fighting obesity.
(Read: The Sugar Conspiracy that Pushed the Blame to Fats)
In fact, it was also a time where the US economy boomed and riches came almost overnight to many. The sudden rush of money saw the people moving into indulgent lifestyles; a time where smoking was deemed as healthy, alcohol consumption were sky-high and sugar is everyone's love. Everyone was just basking in their new found wealth and enjoying all the things that brought instant gratification and pleasure.
With all these unhealthy habits going on, it didn't take long before the consequences showed. People soon started to develop heart attacks, health issues & premature deaths - alarm bells rang, something has to be done immediately.
The US government had to act fast and started to scrutinise the lifestyle of the people. A longevity guru was called in and pointed out the over-consumption of fats in the diet. Under pressured to come up with a solution, all the fingers quickly pointed to fats and everyone simply shot the blame in this one direction.
USA being one of the most influential countries which many others look towards, this message quickly spread to the rest of the world.
This low fat trend created much stigma and discrimination towards fat. People started to get wary of fats and shunned it like the plague. No differentiation were made between healthy fats and unworthy fats but just fats on the whole.
For most, the easiest concept was to simply take fat out of the diet. No fat was spared, not even the good fats and sugar managed to escape. And well was that a terrible mistake!
Read: 6 Graphs that show why the war on fats was a huge mistake.
Truth is... We Need Good Healthy Fats.
Importance of Fats
Fat is one of the 3 main macronutrients (Protein & Carbohydrate) that the body needs for energy & nourishment. It is an essential part of a diet in which the body needs to acquire in order the various organs and processes to function healthily.
Fats are required by our bodies for:
- Enhance Brain, Nerve & Heart Function
- Vitamins & Nutrients Absorption
- Build Healthy Skin & Bones
- Maximise Metabolism
- Energy Source & Processes Regulation
- Cells & Nerves Construction
- and many others...
Which type of fats are good and which ones are bad?
After much research through multiple health studies, cross referencing various sources and taking several other factors (cultures, sustainability, tastes, etc) into consideration, we have concluded that good fats include:
Avocados from a good source, preferably organic or chemical free.
Nuts & Seeds either raw or slow roasted over low temperature.
Grass fed Butter & Cheese with no additives or hormones & full fat.
Coconut & Oils cold-pressed and minimally processed from a reliable source.
Fish & Meats from ethical origins, raised with healthy feeds and no hormonal treatments.
They are the monounsaturated, polyunsaturated fats and saturated fats. Good fats that will help you raise your HDL cholesterols and lower your LDL cholesterols.
The absolute no-go are trans fats, mainly found in margarine and vegetable oils, which leads to inflammation, insulin dysfunction & various chronic diseases.
Inadequate Fat Consumption
Actually, the truth is most people do not eat enough healthy fats. Consuming a sufficient amount of good fats has been proven to be tremendously beneficial. Some of these include:
- Stronger Immunity Systems
- Increased Energy & Performance
- Higher Intelligence & Brain Cognitive Functions
- Better Organ & Tissue Structures
- Reduced Cardiovascular Diseases & Depression
- Regulated Weight & Anti-Aging Properties
Fats plays a pivotal role in one's health & longevity.