Like a 350 pound running back, fat is a really tough to tackle. Hydrogenated, saturated, unsaturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, trans, long-chain, short-chain, cholesterol, LDLs, HDLs, good, bad, brown, white, solid, liquid, where do we even start????
Let's start with exposing the big fat lie:
Fatty diet = Fatty person.
Sugar diet = Fatty person.
We at Oakwood recognize the potential "conspiracy theory" of speaking out against the mainstream information contrary to the above statements. We'll take a second to let that digest.
There is a long and much out of breath history behind how we have come to view fat. Last week's Minute gave a sweet little insight to its beginnings. This week we're going to throw our weight around and pound out some knowledge.
According to the latest in controversial studies:
Polyunsaturated (vegetable oils) = Bad
Hydrogenated/Trans (cookies, cakes, pies) = Bad
Monounsaturated (nuts, avocados, olive oil) = Good
Saturated (coconut oil, red meat, dairy) = Good
It's that last one that can require a little extra chewing.
For decades the war on fat has preached against saturated fats (the fatty acid is "saturated" with hydrogen, thus the name).
Increase saturated fats increases cholesterol (which it does). Increased cholesterol = increased risk of heart attack/disease (the evidence for this is severely lacking).
Find a heart attack, and you'll find cholesterol. Therefore cholesterol causes heart attacks.
Find a building on fire, and you'll find firemen. Therefore firemen cause fires.
This type of error is called an "Illusory Correlation".
The body uses cholesterol to synthesize hormones and vitamins vital for survival. We need cholesterol. Funny thing about cholesterol, it has trouble sticking to artery walls without the assistance of one key substance:
Simple carbohydrates found in white sugar and starch are the Death Eaters of He-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named's diet while fat keeps getting labeled the red herring.
For the second Minute in a row, the take home point is "consume less sugar".
Fat is our friend.
We have but scratched the surface of this gooey topic. For more information, read some words or send us an email. We love this stuff.
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Have a fat week,