The skinny on fat

Eat fat makes you fat, right? Wrong.skinny on fat2

There are primarily 2 kinds of fat in foods we eat today.

“Good Fat”

  • a.k.a. unsaturated fats
  • typically from plant sources
  • ex: almonds, olive oil, avocados

“Bad Fat”

  • a.k.a. saturated fats
  • typically from animal sources
  • ex: butter, fudge, burgers, fried food

Eating “bad fats” can make our arteries harden and get clogged up, which puts our hearts under bad stress. Cholesterol, a waxy build up inside our blood vessels, usually accompanies this kind of fats. Try to limit these.

“Good fats” have the opposite effect, they actually help us feel full and maintain nice flat bellies! The key is to remember that even ‘good fats’ are very calorie dense, so still limit your portion size when you do eat these (I’m talkin’ to you peanut butter).

For more reading on dietary fats, I recommend this post from the Mayo Clinic or this post from the CDC.

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17 thoughts on “The skinny on fat

  1. Awwww.. and there I was banking on peanut butter being my healthfood of choice… :-) Good advice, by the way! Especially the part about fats (even good ones!) being calorie dense! It is so easy to forget this because fat tastes so… well, GOOD! :-)

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  2. Love your blog but can’t agree. Saturated fats, butter lard and tallow are better for you than any vegetable oil. Look at the science. I blog about this too as you know. Look at “the big fat surprise” by Nina Teicholz.

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    • She doesn’t advocate using traditional vegetable oils (including sunflower, canola, corn, and the all-purpose “vegetable oil”). She mentions plant sources, but she’s talking about the healthy plant sources of fat, such as olives and peanuts (though I’d add coconut into the mix as well). These are indeed better for your health than any animal sources of fat, including butter. Yes, butter is better for you than the “bad” vegetable oils, but it is still a saturated fat. If you wish to explore this topic further, I strongly recommend the WHO report on fats and fatty acids in human nutrition: http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/nutrientrequirements/fatsandfattyacids_humannutrition/en/

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      • Is Nina Teicholz a higher authority on the subject than the WHO? Now, I’m not going to claim that her book is flat-out wrong or anything, but it’s a book – it’s not peer-reviewed research. I’m not saying that her book is based on “bad science”, but she draws her own conclusions and she is not a scientist. When I write a literature review, my (and any co-authors’) conclusions are questioned by anonymous reviewers and I cannot proceed to publication without addressing any concerns they may have.

        I get the point of it and I do agree – a low-fat diet is not healthy. My own doctoral dissertation is focused in part on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which is a high-fat diet.

        I’ve read Ms. Teicholz’s summary article (http://www.wsj.com/articles/nina-teicholz-the-last-anti-fat-crusaders-1414536989) and I think that it’s a safe assumption that the points made there are the basis of her book.

        Does she address food preparation methods at all? For example, frying your food is not the way to go, no matter how healthy the source of fat may be.

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      • Her book is a review of all of the science and politics that got us to the point where the government recommended a low fat diet. It’s not a diet book it’s an investigative journal of the tick toc that got us to high sugar low fat as the norm. She doesn’t propose anything new but reexamines the base reports under the recommendations. It will be the best thing you read on the subject this year.

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