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How Low Can You Go? The Big Fat Truth about Low-Fat Diets

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  • LILYOFVALEE
    Old article definitely needs updating.
  • Low fat fad of the 90s? Ha! I'd been advised to eat low/no fat since I was maybe 12 years old, and I'm 64 now. I've had breast cancer and melanoma, and high cholesterol. I wonder how much that dietician-given advice harmed me?
  • Read "The Big Fat Lie" by Nina Teicholz, and then start ignoring any and all nutrition advice that comes from the guv'mint.
  • HAPPYDAY725
    Eating adequate amounts of healthy fat "grease" the skids so to speak, "eliminating" constipation issues for most people. For me, eating too light causes that "heavy" feeling. Enough said.
  • LHORSEY
    This article may need updating. There is now a study that says "good" cholestorol is no longer a thing.
  • LHORSEY
    This article may need updating. There is now a study that says "good" cholestorol is no longer a thing.
  • The whole 'why are we so fat in America?' problem really probably started nearly a century ago, and has been building slowly ever since. During Prohibition, people started consuming things like chocolate and soda in greater amounts (even as early as 1922 there were observations about increases in sugar consumption compared to pre-WWI numbers). Once we let that genie out, we never really put it back in the sweet, delicious bottle, and now we just sort of accept our current consumption levels as the norm. (The average American today consumes 100 pounds of sugar more per year than our ancestors a century ago!)
    No real guilt trip to that, I just think it's interesting how things from a century ago are still affecting us now.
  • Fat enhances satiety. We are more satisfied when we have fat in our diet.

    One thing noted in the article is that when fat is taken out, sugar is added to enhance taste. Maybe in some cases. In man cases, sweeteners and "bulking" ingredients are added to replace the fat. If the recipe takes something out, something has to replace it, basically.
  • Consuming healthy fats has played a big huge role in lowering my bad cholesterol and triglycerides! Fat free options are typically sodium or sugar bombs...they have to add flavor somehow!
  • DANDYLINES
    Intelligent article. I am going to share that one.
  • NIFTYFIFTY20
    People love to hear good news about their bad habits. Animal fats, in any concentration, are inflammatory and not good for the body. Read any book by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, or Dr. John McDougall....but first search out their qualifications, which are humbling. The reason the American Guidelines were so much higher than what is actually healthful is because it was thought the American people would never eat that low a fat percentage....and they were right!
  • Glad to see that Sparkpeople is starting to move away from the low fat recommendations, which have been proven to be not correct.

    Our bodies need fats to survive, including saturated fats, just like our ancestors did.

    It is all the fake food, especially the super high carb empty calorie fake food that spikes our insulin levels that causes serious issues including obesity, heart disease, etc.

    We need a balanced diet that includes real food, including real fats, not all those manufactured food that big business wants to sell us.

    Recommended reading is "The Big Fat Surprise" by Nina Teicholz.
  • FOXGLOVE999
    The low fat book in the 90's about reversing heart disease advocated 10% of calories from fat, that's significantly lower than SP's 30%. Often the lowfat craze has been blamed for our current obesity problem, but I really question how much the average American diet changed. I use lowfat and reduced fat products and my fat intake usually runs about 40-50% of my calories. Things are not always as they seem.
  • This article is entirely wrong. You do not need to ingest extra fat. All plants have fat in them. Read The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. Read Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Read any of Dr. John McDougall's books on the benefits of eating a whole foods, plant based with no animal products and no added oil.

    I have been eating this way for a year and I have never felt better, enjoyed my food more, or lost and kept off weight more easily.

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