4 Low Fat Diet Myths You Need to Avoid

Want to lead a long, healthy life? Learn about these 4 low-fat diet myths

Nutritionists have been preaching about the low fat diet for over 30 years now. The result? During those 30 years, obesity has increased to 64% of the American population. Obesity increases the risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and some types of cancer.

To avoid this from happening to you, learn these 4 low-fat diet myths.

Myth #1 — Your Fat Intake Should Be Less than 30%

Beginning in the seventies, Americans began lowering their intake of fats. The average American lowered their intake from 40% to 34%. Since then, medical procedures for heart disease have increased from 1.2 million to 5.4 million. During that same time, the number of obese Americans has increased from 14% to 64%.

Myth #2 — Low Fat Diets are Healthy Diets

At the American Heart Association conference in 1990, results from 19 studies showed links between low blood cholesterol (from eating low-fat diets) and an increase in non-heart disease related deaths.

Dr. Taubes of the National Heart and Lung Institute states, ‘The data were consistent. When investigators tracked all deaths instead of just heart disease, the cholesterol curves were U-shaped for men (meaning both high and low cholesterol increased the risk) and flat for women. As for women, if anything, the higher their cholesterol, the longer they lived.’

Myth #3 — Cut Out Fat if You Want to Lose Weight

A $100 million test performed by the Women’s Health Institute disagrees with this myth. This study involved 50,000 women. Half of the women were on low-fat diets of 20% fat or less. After 3 years, the women only lost an average of one kilogram.

Myth #4 — All Fats are Bad for You

Not so. Fats found in processed foods are bad for you. Fats high in omega-3 and essential fatty acids are very good for you. People who eat diets high in omega-3 found in foods like tuna, salmon, and other wild caught cold-water fish have many health benefits.

Fats that are bad for you are vegetable fat, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and linoleic acid. These are the fats found in processed and fast foods.

The Lyons Diet Heart Study tested subjects eating both kinds of fats. One group ate the typical low-fat diet. The other group ate a Mediterranean diet with bread, cereals, beans, vegetables, olive oil, fruit and fish. After four years, the low-fat group suffered 44 heart attacks. The Mediterranean group had only 14 heart attacks.

Take a New Look

It’s time to get off the low fat diet treadmill. Eat a healthy diet high in fresh fruits, vegetables, and fiber. Eat healthy fats like those found in seafood, olive oil, and nuts and avoid low fat diets. Eating a diet that includes healthy fats and exercising on a regular basis will give you a new lease on life.