28 Mar IS FAT REALLY BAD?
I would argue it is not as bad as people say it is.
The truth is, every cell in our body requires fat. It is a vital component to our lives and as a result, we need to make sure we are getting adequate amounts from our diet. The truth is, as most of you know, I believe in the ketogenic diet.
The ketogenic diet is also known as a very-low-carb, high-fat diet. To some, this sounds like a horrible idea, but in reality, the ketogenic diet has been shown to be beneficial for those dealing with insulin resistance, epilepsy and weight loss resistance to name a few. We could discuss the benefits of the ketogenic diet all day, and in fact, it may lead to another article, but today, our focus is on fat.
“EAT FAT AND YOU’LL DIE”
We have probably all heard that eating a lot of fat, especially saturated fat, is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. This notion is most notably attributed to the work of Ancel Keys. He began working on a study in the 1950s that would link diet and lifestyle to coronary artery disease.
For years, the low-fat revolution has dominated the “diet” scene. If you have ever been to a grocery store, you have seen numerous “fat-free” products. But what does the science say about fat? Surely we cannot make dietary recommendations based on one study alone. Right?!
The science is quite interesting. Recent research from the Annals of Internal Medicine looked at over 30 published studies and found that “current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats”1.
Other studies have echoed this. In fact one study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined another 20 studies and the researchers here concluded that “there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD”2.
The verdict is, “it is up to you”. I know that may not be helpful for some who have trouble making decisions, but really this is your decision. When clients come to me, the first thing we do is food sensitivity testing. No matter what diet you are on, this is so important. Determining what is creating inflammation in your body is step one in helping you make dietary change; from there we have options.
Many times, I will recommend a ketogenic diet to clients after careful consideration. As with anything in life, nothing is “one-size fits all”. Not everyone is a good candidate for a ketogenic diet nor do they want to be on a ketogenic diet.
Contact Dr. James today to learn more about Food Sensitivity Testing and about the Ketogenic Diet.