In the late 1970’s, rising rates of obesity, heart disease and some cancers were blamed on dietary fat. A few early studies linked fat consumption with higher blood cholesterol levels, and suddenly fat was a new enemy. It seemed so simple: eat fat, get fat. So everyone went on low-fat diets. By the 1990’s, low-fat food products were everywhere. Butter and eggs were banished from the breakfast table; muffins the size of a baby’s head took their place. We replaced fat with carbs. And of course we kept getting fatter.
It’s not fat that makes you fat — it’s sugar
1. Fat is a necessary nutrient
Did you know 20% to 40% of your dietary calories should come from fat? Your body needs fat for cell formation, transportation of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K), nerve transmission, hormone function, body temperature regulation and internal organ protection.
2. Fat doesn’t make you fat
That’s right, fat doesn’t make you fat. It doesn’t raise your cholesterol levels either. Foods like whole-fat plain Greek yogurt can actually help you lose weight: the fat makes you feel full, while sugar just makes you crave more sugar.
There are good fats and bad fats
3. “Low-fat” food products might make you fat
4. Not all fats are created equal
Here are 4 high-fat foods to add to your diet
Full Fat Yogurt
Did you know the avocado is actually a fruit? Avocados are about 70% fat, most of it healthy, monounsaturated oleic acid (also found in olive oil). For many years avocados were thought to be fattening, but recent studies suggest people who eat avocados tend to be leaner and have less belly fat than those who don’t.
Eggs are a near-perfect food. They contain all 9 essential amino acids, high levels of A and B-complex vitamins and minerals. Eggs are high in both fat and protein, which makes us feel full for a long time. And no, they don’t raise your cholesterol levels.