You’re a heart attack waiting to happen…….
- You’re decidedly heavier than you should be
- Your blood pressure is higher than it should be
- You’ve got “high” cholesterol, and
- Your triglyceride levels are high
Everyone wants you to follow a low fat diet. Well almost everyone.
The dissenting voices
There are voices in the wilderness proclaiming the way to better cardiovascular health is to dump the carbs and embrace the fats. Specifically saturated fats.
I am one of those voices.
I give the advice to anyone with health troubles – but I know, for many people, it takes a giant leap of faith, to embrace saturated fats. The reason it is so difficult to follow this advice, is for years we’ve been told, saturated fats cause heart disease.
Making the shift
For many people, the idea of embracing saturated fat, is just too left of centre, to adopt. So they maintain the status quo.
There are a few people, who make an attempt to make the shift, unfortunately, they often adopt only half of the idea. They cut the carbs, a little or a lot, but instead of switching in saturated fat, they switch in unsaturated fats, especially vegetable oils. Vegetable oils, are fat, but they’re not considered to be saturated fats and biochemically they’re very different from saturated fats.
Fear keeps many people locked in old dietary habits…….
What if you’re wrong ?
If you’re wrong……………………….. I am a gonna.
I get it.
This is why I want to share with you, a research study from Ohio State University. This study, tested out the two diabolically opposed diet approaches, and everything in between, on 16 people with metabolic syndrome.
Trying out ALL the options
What makes this study particularly valuable is each person experienced a spectrum of diets. In this programme, the ratio of saturated fat to carbs was modified every 3 weeks for 6 months. The calorie count was kept constant.
To make it easy to stick with the programme, the food was all prepared in the science lab’s kitchen. What a pleasure…….. no cooking, no dishes for 6 months.
They started off on a very low carb/high saturated fat diet consisting of 47 g of carbs with 84 g of fat. Transitioning in a step wise fashion, all the way down to a high carb/low saturated fat diet, composed of 346 g of carb/day, with 46 g of saturated fat/day.
Along the way, everything was checked.
The usual stuff, like weight, blood pressure, glucose levels etc. and fatty acid profiles. This is more than just checking for how much fat is in the blood, this checks which fats are in the blood.
The bad fat is palmitoleic acid
One of the fatty acids implicated in health troubles is palmitoleic acid – it is associated with metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
The researchers found……………the more carbs eaten – the higher the levels of palmitoleic acid.
Ironically, when the same people ate lots of saturated fat, the levels of this bad boy was at it’s lowest.
Dietary saturated fat is not the problem
Logic says – eating lots of fat, will cause fat levels to be high.
But, biochemistry is not always logical.
This study demonstrates, when you fuel yourself using saturated fats, your body uses them up. As long as you’re not eating TOO MUCH, they don’t get stored.
But, when you primarily fuel yourself with carbs, even if you’re not eating TOO MUCH, your body goes into “storage” mode……………… and it stores the carbs, AS FAT. The bad FAT, the FAT, that is associated with METABOLIC TROUBLES.
Eat more fat and less carbs
So………………………if you’re a heart attack waiting to happen – the smart move is to embrace saturated fat, while at the same time, limiting your consumption of carbs.
I know it’s radical, but biochemically speaking, it’s the right thing go do.
The most effective strategy to decrease oxidative stress, is to simply eat less, but starving is not actually required…. burning fat is all that is needed.
Low-fat food items, contain the same amount of sugar as their full fat counterparts, sometimes a little more and it’s the sugar which makes you fat
The chemistry of fats is complicated. High fat levels are not because you stacked your plate with butter, meat, cream and eggs – your body made those fats.
Interested in learning more about the chemistry behind those extra fat layers ?
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