Why does FAT have so many haters?

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You’ve got to feel sorry for fat. After so many years, it still cops the blame for making us fat and giving us high cholesterol. From as early as I remember, I was always told to remove all of the fat from foods, to eat red meat less than three times per week, and to limit my eggs to just 2 per day.

 

Today, it’s even taught in schools that saturated fats are bad, and that a high intake of fats will decrease your life span and almost certainly give you heart disease.

 

Before I give you the truth on saturated fats, let’s take a trip back in time…

 

In the 50’s, a scientist by the name of Ancel Keys placed blame on fat intake for the heart disease epidemic around the world. But here’s where the problem begins – his study which is now referenced worldwide was flawed from the get go.

 

The study only looked at research from a small portion of countries. It wasn’t until recently when scientists revisited his finding, that they discovered there was not one solid link between heart disease deaths and fat consumption.

 

Zero.

 

The other issue with the study was Keys completely left out lifestyle factors. There was ZERO consideration of other factors such as smoking, genetics, lifestyle, sleep, alcohol intake, carbohydrate intake, exercise frequency, and exposure to toxins and pollutions.

 

It doesn’t require a Zuckerberg algorithm to discover who much of a role lifestyle factors play in these studies, and would have completely changed the outcome.

 

What’s most concerning is the medical world and governments have simply run with the false findings from Keys study. They believed it was far more profitable to spread Keys message and then market low fat carbohydrate products than it was to continue studying for some actual “Facts” about heart disease prevention and fats.

 

Keys findings were nothing more than hypothetical – and they still have zero factual evidence to support them.

 

“But what about my cholesterol – surely I can’t start drinking olive oil?”

 

Let’s set the record straight about cholesterol – Your body naturally produces cholesterol. When you eat anything high in cholesterol, your body down-regulates cholesterol production to stay balanced.

 

Your body is a smart machine – when the opposite occurs and your diet is low in cholesterol, your body goes into overdrive to produce more cholesterol.

 

Remember that high cholesterol is not a disease – heart disease is the disease!

 

Cholesterol has a number of vital functions! Don’t listen to the marketing put out by big pharma trying to convince you to go on drugs to lower your cholesterol.

 

The no BS truth on cholesterol is that it acts as an antioxidant in the body against free radicals. It is also linked to the production of hormones that fight against heart disease.

 

What about bum nuts?

 

Bum nuts – aka Eggs – cop the majority of the blame here, and the theory to eat only the whites is dead wrong. The yolks are where the GOODNESS comes from; so don’t remove them when cooking.

 

Doctors are still informing patients to minize egg intake to <2 per day. It’s dead wrong. Like Keys study, this is purely “passed down” wisdom that has zero factual studies linked.

 

A recent University of Connecticut study showed that a group one study ate 3 eggs per day for 12 weeks while on a reduced carb, high fat diet. The result? They increased their HDL (“good”) cholesterol by 20%, while their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol stayed the same during the study. Here’s the interesting part – the group that ate egg substitutes (egg whites) saw no change in either form of cholesterol and did not see the improvement in good cholesterol that the whole egg eaters did.

 

On a side note, don’t eat raw eggs. Rocky got it wrong – the protein has a hard time to be absorbed until it is cooked. Plus, they smell funny.

 

Cholesterol can actually act as an antioxidant, which can then help to figh against heart disease.

 

Now obviously you’re going to exercise some caution here with fats: Of all the macronutrients, they are the most caloric dense. So don’t overeat your fats especially if your goal is to decrease fat and increase muscle (Which, if you’re on this site, I’m guessing it is)

 

(I’ve provided an overview of Keys and cholesterol here, but if you’re after a bit more geek-speak and details on this, check out the work by Gary Taubes titled Good Calories Bad Calories. Here’s the link: Good Calories Bad Calories)

 

I’m off to eat my steak, bacon and eggs!

 

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