Health-wise: New Study Reveals Why Low Fat Diets Are Not Good For You


A recent Canadian research and finding is believed to contradict the popular notion that fats are to be taken in the utmost minimal for a good health.

After studying the diets and health of 135,000 people in 18 countries, the researchers found that those who ate the least fats had the highest mortality rate.

The countries used for the research were in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.

As presented at the world’s largest heart conference in Barcelona, people with the lowest fat intake stood the risk of dying young at a 23% rate.

From the earliest days in school, Foods and Nutritionists have always listed fats and oil as one of the 6 classes of food. Somehow fats and carbs which forms a major percentage of our food are demonized.

Over time they have been argued to have their own quintessential use. The latest finding on low fat diets which has been published in the highly notable Lancet medical journal, is one of those.

According to the study, running away from fats in its entirety is unhealthy. It says fats amongst other functions has the potential of protecting the human health.

The Dos and Donts of nutrition has never stopped being multi-faceted. Each theory comes up with its ideals while contradicting others. What is known about food nutrition and healthy diets keeps evolving with every new research.

Basically, these are the importance of fats in out diets.

  • They great energy givers. Excesses are stored up in your adipose tissue for later use.
  • Fats helps to maintain healthy skin and other tissues.
  • They help in maintaining healthy cell membranes. The brain contains large amounts of essential fats.
  • Functions in the synthesis of steroid hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone.
  • Fats helps in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins- vitamins A, D, E, and K, the so-called fat-soluble vitamins. It transfers the vitamins through the bloodstream to various parts of the body.
  • Fats also fills up fat cells and insulates your body to help keep you warm.

During the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona, researcher Dr Mahshid Dehghan of McMaster University, reiterated the vital role of healthy fatty diets. She reported that low fat diets can jeopardize health.

“For decades, dietary guidelines have focused on reducing total fat and saturated fatty acid.”

“The body needs fat. It carries vitamins, it provides essential acids, it has a role in the body.”

“When you reduce fat to very low levels, you’re affecting these important minerals.”

With popular health calls to cut down on fats, the commonly misunderstood nutrient is substituted with carbohydrates which exposes human health to same dreaded heart health risks it set out to avoid.

It was also found that those who consume refined sugar and processed meals have a 28% higher risk of early death.

She proposes that sourcing about 35% of energy from fat is the best.

Meanwhile it is not disputed that saturated fats have been found to be the cause of obesity, increased bad cholesterol and other heart diseases.

There are saturated fats (solid at room temperature) and unsaturated fats (liquid a room temperature). While saturated fatty food sources may pose a health danger, it is recommended that the unsaturated fats be used more.


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