Low-Fat Diets: The Good, The Bad, and the Facts.
There’s a lot of ‘buzz’ about low-fat diets these days. Some people say they’re the healthiest way to go. Other people say that ‘low-fat’ diets are the reason our country has such a weight problem.
Both statements are true.
A true low-fat diet is a diet that consists of anywhere from 12-20% fat - and that fat comes from whole-food, plant-based sources (nuts, avocados, seeds, olives). There is minimal to no added oil in the diet, and there are lots of vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, fruits, and sea vegetables. THIS is a healthy low-fat diet.
The people who blame ‘low-fat’ diets as the root of all our health ills, do so because, historically, low-fat ‘diet’ foods have been processed, refined, and loaded with sugar in order to make them more palatable. Those kinds of ‘foods’ were made in a lab somewhere - and they barely even classify as FOOD! Processed low-fat diet foods and diet drinks also tend to contain artificial sweeteners and flavorings that simply have no reasonable, rational place inside your body. I mean - come on.
In addition, in the past, when people attempted a ‘low-fat’ diet they would load up on junky carbs - like white pastas, white breads, bagels, muffins, and potatoes - because, technically, those foods are fat-free.
So - sure - your diet may have been low in fat, but it was HIGH in lots of other things (sugar and refined grains) that will absolutely make you gain weight, raise your cholesterol, make you insulin resistant (bad news) - and will throw your system way out of whack.
There’s no point in eating ‘low-fat’ if, instead, you’re going to eat high-sugar, high-chemical, or high-yuck.
Nobody who advocates a true, healthy, plant-based low-fat diet would actually include refined grains and processed low-fat cakes and cookies as part of the plan.
By all means, eat fat. Your body needs it - and it’s often very delicious! But seek to eat fat that comes in its whole-food, plant-based form. Skip the oils and animal fat - and definitely skip the processed, sugary, packaged ‘low-fat’ foods.
A whole foods, plant-based, oil-free diet will give you all the healthy fat you need!