When did we become so fat phobic? This monumental shift in dietary habits can be linked all the way back to an American senate meeting that occurred in July 1976. Senator George McGovern called a hearing to raise attention about the link between fat and heart disease. This sent the senate into a dietary fury, and they soon produced a strict “health-conscious” protocol greatly limiting fat consumption. Shortly after, fat phobia swept the nation and eventually trickled down into Canada, saturating eating habits. What was the effect? Americans discovered that cutting out the big F made them unbearably hungry as they frantically reached for other products in an attempt to fill the fat gap.
Large corporations and companies latched onto this idea and began to pump out products devoid of fat but heavy in sugar and grains. What happened next was a turning point for North Americans. Cut out this important macronutrient and your body literally goes nuts. Millions of people watched the scale creep up, even though they were consistently choosing low-fat products.
What this study neglected to elaborate on is the fact that there are different kinds of fat which we now know act on the body in numerous unique ways. To make matters even worse, many of the healthful options (butter, avocado, ghee) were replaced with hydrogenated oils, which we now know is very dangerous to us in numerous ways.
Thankfully, people have started to realize that the old way is simply not working and have returned back to fat. The hesitation or fear is starting to become less prevalent, and the emergence of fat as a primary and very crucial macronutrient for overall health is once again being explored. For instance, help navigating a Ketogenic diet is one of the primary questions I get in my practice. For that reason, I’ve created a Keto challenge. But for now, here’s some of the very crucial reasons you need to include the big F in your diet:
- Provides a feeling of satisfaction or “fullness”, resulting in fewer cravings
- Supports hormone balance
- Supports thyroid function
- Supports metabolish
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Helps nerves signal better, leading to an improved ability to learn. The myelin that surrounds the nerves is a fatty material.
- Helps the body assimilate nutrients and micronutrients like vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat-soluble).
- Maintains healthy skin and other tissues as cell-membranes have a fat component
- Conversion on a wide scale – the body uses fat for SO many things.
- Activating hormones to building immune function.
- Fat is a huge energy source for our bodies!
It’s time as a society that we step away from our parents and their fat-phobic philosophies. By not including fat in our diet we are doing more harm than good. Of course, we need to keep in mind that not all fat is created equally. Do you need help navigating the fat world? Book in for a free 15 minute consult or join the Keto Challenge today!
As your Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant at Naturmend, I am committed to creating healthy communities. I believe in honouring the unique biochemical individuality of each person who walks through my door and in the amazing benefits of a whole food diet. A healthy body and balanced mind are the cornerstones of a happy existence.