Cody is currently a student at Miami University. Cody's latest articles focus on the practical application of the Ketogenic diet.
The False Reality
What does saturated fat and smoking have in common? Chronic consumption will increase one’s chance of premature death. According to the American Heart Association, one’s daily intake of saturated fat shouldn’t exceed 10% of their total calorie intake. And why shouldn’t we listen to the American Heart Association and government recommendations? Since 10% became the daily recommended limit back in 1978, grocery stores have been flooded with “healthy” low-fat options. Now that we’ve caught the culprit and people have cheap access to low-fat foods, it’s no wonder why the obesity rate and heart disease statistics have seen a drastic decline since the 1980s. Thank goodness for the ultra-reliable observational studies that were so tremendous, the American Heart Association hasn’t had to change their saturated fat recommendations in over four decades.
Where the Problem Lies
Now that the sarcasm is out of the way, let’s talk about the real reason why you’re reading this. You have tried eating healthy for years, but nothing ever seems to work. You’ve given up so many nutritious foods in your life such as steak, eggs, butter, and cheese, and replaced them with whole-grain bagels, fat-free ice cream, low-fat yogurt, and wheat pasta.
Thinking about food has caused you so much stress throughout the years, stress that can cause low energy, sleep problems, lowered immune system, anxiety, and many more. All of these symptoms cause you to eat more, I am right? I was in your same situation at one point in my life, except instead of being able to blame it on old age, I had no excuse because I was fourteen years old when my doctor wanted to put me on statins. And I always wanted to find a quick fix in order to solve my junk food addictions. It took me a few years of pointless trial and error. It was pointless because I relied on mainstream health advice that primarily came from first page Google websites.
I was young and lacked the critical thinking ability necessary in order to take control of my life. As I got more interested, I slowly realized that many of the government's dietary recommendations were the result of lobbying by sugar industries. That’s the sad reality of the situation. You tell me, is eating Fiber One’s working for you? What about switching to whole grain bread? Counting calories? I didn’t think so, because last I checked there’s about a 40% chance the person reading this is obese. Now, this isn’t to make you feel bad, but rather a call to action that you must not continue what you are doing because it’s clearly not working.
We Have Officially Been Lied To
The whole idea that fat is bad started around the 1960s. I think this article published on npr.org does a brilliant job of summarizing the story.
“In the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine.
The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to "refute" concerns about sugar's possible role in heart disease. The SRF then sponsored research by Harvard scientists that did just that. The result was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, with no disclosure of the sugar industry funding.”
This is quite alarming, as countless aspects of millions of people’s lives have been negatively impacted because of a few greedy individuals and food industries. Another eye-opening fact is that studies cannot even come close to establishing saturated fat as a cause of heart disease. You would think that after 40 years of actively recommending to limit saturated fat, it would be easy to find an experimental study in a scientific journal that highlights the negative qualities of dietary fat.
Interestingly, current studies do not support the idea of saturated fat being a cause in mortality. In fact, several EXPERIMENTAL studies have found absolutely no association between decreasing fat intake and improving cardiovascular risk indicators. Additionally, studies claim that where the fat comes from is most important in determining its impact on health. For example, it would be way more advantageous to get 10 grams of saturated fat from coconut oil rather than deli salami. Carbohydrates work in a somewhat similar way as well. You would feel a lot better with 40 grams of carbs from a sweet potato than a 40 carb slice of cake.
Go Home Statement
The bottom line is, you need to eat more satiating foods. The whole reason you feel cranky and fatigued throughout the day is that you constantly load up on carbohydrates, especially high glycemic ones. Don’t be afraid of fat, because more often than not, foods with high quantities of fat are very nutrient-filled as well. If you want to ease into a healthier lifestyle, slowly add fatty foods such as nuts, eggs, avocados, fish. If you are absolutely tired of always feeling your age plus 20 years, consider a Ketogenic diet. Make sure to also check out my article detailing the best way to go about a Ketogenic diet.
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