Recent research has largely debunked the myth that eating too much fat can get you fat, showing that the real culprit for uncontrolled weight gain is sugar, not fat.
Fat consumption does not cause weight gain. To the contrary, it might actually help us shed a few pounds,
Prof. Aaron Carroll from the University School of Medicine said.
This means that Americans should no longer shun salmon, avocados, nuts, and dairy with a high-fat content from their diets. They have been doing it for more than two decades, and the new findings suggest they were wrong.
The new research was based on data on people on low-fat, but high-carb diets and those following high-fat, low-fat diets. Countless cases have shown that people on low-fat diets rarely lose weight and the health benefits are minimal.
By contrast, people not concerned about the fat in their diets but who restrict their intake of bad carbohydrates, like white rice or with bread, are more likely to lose weight and remain healthy in the long run.
The new findings show that the real culprit behind weight gain are refined carbs that the body breaks into sugar, not fat.
Dietary Fat Not Tied to Weight Gain
A massive study published this summer in the Lancet revealed that low-fat diets were more likely to lead to an early death from all causes than high-fat diets. Low-fat diets were also linked to a higher risk of having a heart attack or heart disease. People on a low-carb diet were less likely to face these risks in the long run. That study involved 135,000 participants from 18 countries.
At the time, study authors concluded that international guidelines on dietary fat should be reconsidered.
Separate studies revealed that people on low-fat diets are not linked to a decrease in weight gain. One study showed that trimming fats from women’s diets does not cut the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, or colorectal cancer. Those women did not lose weight either.
What’s more, the human body needs fat to stay in optimal shape. Fat is needed for muscle movement and blood clotting. Cell membranes need fat as a building block, and so do nerves. Some vitamins and minerals need fat to be absorbed by the body.
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