Why the low-fat diet can be a deadly mistake
Looking back, I’m sure you can think of a ton of things that seemed like good ideas…at the time.
Can you say “bell bottoms”…“disco”…or…“Crocs”?
Of course, hindsight is 20/20, but there’s one very current bad idea that I want to address right now – because it may do so much damage, we may not be able to reap the benefits of hindsight until it’s too late.
It’s one of the most popular diets today: the low-fat diet.
For more than half a century, doctors across the country and even major health organizations have been pushing the badly oversimplified message that we need to cut our fat intake. But a major new study finds that this bad advice has been KILLING people around the world.
By now, almost everyone recognizes that there are good fats and bad ones, yet some 50,000 Americans die every year of heart disease because they’re not eating the good, healthy fats – specifically, the polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, seeds and fatty fish.
That’s a recipe for a diet disaster, because missing out on polyunsaturated fats means missing out on the omega-3 fatty acids that are so essential to your heart, brain, eyes, and more.
As for those saturated fats that are supposed to be so darned bad for you, they’re not quite the villain they’ve been made out to be.
Sure, if you consume too much of them, they are – but the study finds that just 3.6 percent of all deaths from heart disease are due to eating too much saturated fat.
By comparison, more than 10 percent of all deaths from the disease are from NOT getting ENOUGH of the essential polyunsaturated fats.
The new study isn’t perfect. It recommends people get more omega-6 fatty acids, when in reality, we should be more focused on increasing our intake of omega-3 fatty acids and achieving a roughly equal balance of omega 3 to omega 6.
Right now, most Americans consume roughly 15 times more omega 6 than omega 3. And I don’t know about you, but I haven’t noticed the country getting any HEALTHIER as a result.
You can swing your fat ratio around for the better and enjoy many of the foods you already love – and even drop a few pounds – by switching to a common-sense Mediterranean diet.
Not coincidentally, this diet has proven to cut your heart risk almost in half, and you can read all about it for free right here.