Does Fat Make You Fat?

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It was a fatal time for fat.

In 1961, the American Heart Association began recommending a low fat diet. This conclusion was based on testing the impact of fat in diets for rabbits and other laboratory animals.

The results, which indicated that a high fat diet increases diabetes, weight gain and cholesterol, were applied as diet advice to humans without further research and testing. First oops!

The impact of eating a low fat diet was revisited in the late 1990’s and the results of that research were published in 2006. The conclusions discovered just the opposite of the 1961 conclusions. Second oops!

Adding to the confusion was the sugar industry’s deliberate attempt to mislead the public regarding research on the damage that sugar does to our health. University of San Francisco researchers found that in 1967 the Sugar Research Foundation paid three Harvard scientists considerable sums to handpick studies to minimize the link between sugar an heart disease, while shifting the blame to fat.  The sugar industry spent decades twisting nutritional research to make fat the culprit at the expense of America’s health. In the some 50 years of distortion and misinformation that said fat was bad and carbs were healthy, we have seen rates of obesity and diabetes rise dramatically. Gary Taubes’ book The Case Against Sugar which was featured in a New York Times Article recently, is a comprehensive look at sugar’s connection to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer if you want to know more.

Contrary to a high fat diet, a high carbohydrate diet is now believed to be the problem for a host of difficulties. It is the high carb intake, not fat, that is causing an increase in diabetes, weight gain and higher levels of cholesterol. We agree. 

Here’s the kicker for those of us who were raised with the idea additional calories makes you fat. The notion that more intake of fat does not equal weight gain can be a little hard to wrap our brains around. While fat has about 80% more calories per gram than sugar and starches, fat actually helps satisfy our cravings for food, stabilizes blood  sugar, and reduces overall appetite.  High carbohydrate diets on the other hand, cause rapid swings in blood sugar, where the blood sugar rises, and then tumbles rapidly an hour or two after eating. What really matters is how the food affects our blood sugar and appetite. This yoyo effect on blood sugar, prompts eating more, and what has been labeled ‘diabestity'- a pattern of blood sugar changes, weight gain, and eventually ending in diabetes.

Guess we are not rabbits after all when it comes to digesting fat.

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In truth, you need to learn about what diet includes good fats and proteins that will prevent and even reduce diabesity.  Call Dr. Patrick Giamarrise at the Digestive Relief Center of Chico to learn more about proper diet to improve you overall health and lower health risks associated with diabetes.

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For more information about how researchers have changed their view regarding the health benefits of fats vs. carbohydrates visit 23 Studies on Low-Carb and Low-Fat Diets - Time to Retire The Fad

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