Fat and Diabetes

 

For nearly 40 years, practically all research has indicated that eating fat is implicated in heart disease  – strongly implicated – and that it is also a big player in the obesity epidemic and in the common cancers (breast, prostate and colon).

This research is what spawned the low-fat campaign to take the fat out of fattening foods and provide substitutes.

Now it seems all those studies were wrong – but were they?

In this article I want to look at our fat-loving habits, and the new research – that fat is the main cause of Type 2 diabetes – not sugar, as was once believed.

A ‘Traditional’ Diet – Good or Bad?

In our fast-paced world, as we look around us we see so many people are sick.  It is easy to romanticise about the past and imagine, in a simpler, slower world, that people weren’t as sick.

If this seems a little naive to you, don’t laugh; this is the typical thinking of most people.  Whole books have been written glorifying the diets of our ancestors of only 100 – 150 years ago, and whole dietary movements are based upon imagined views of what our ancestors back at the dawn of human history apparently ate or did not eat.  Both opinions believe a more ‘traditional’ diet will produce better health.

Here are some facts about traditional diets for you to chew on:

Why I Rarely Eat Fish

Fish has been marketed as a health food for a long time.  Its fat contains much Omega 3 fat – more than any other food on the planet per serve.

Many health issues arise when people are short on Omega 3 fats (also called DHA and EPA).

The Problem with Paleo, Part 3 – All that saturated fat – or “Butter is NOT good!”

Saturated fat must be the most controversial nutrient in the nutrition world these days.  For decades we’ve known how closely it is tied in with heart disease, shown how fast it raises cholesterol (a known risk factor for heart disease) and known the links of saturated fat to our most common cancers.

Now studies are coming out suggesting we were wrong and it isn’t so bad after all.

The Problem with Paleo, Part 2 – Why so much meat is a bad thing

One of the main reasons the Paleo diet appeals to so many people, especially men, is that no one has to give up their long time favourite food – meat – the star of almost every meal.  For decades we have known that eating more vegetables is where good health is really at.  Yet people love their meat.  It’s star shines so brightly due to so much wonderful (but unscientific) marketing.

The Problem with Paleo, Part 1

The Paleo diet is taking the world by storm.  People looking for quick weight loss are attracted by its claims, people wanting better health while still eating their favourite foods are drawn to it, health nuts and gym bods love all the vegetables and protein on the menus.

Right now, Paleo is hip.  It’s cool, it’s organic and it’s here!  And probably at your local cafe.