Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Eat Fat - I wonder if the tide is turning

Eat, drink and be merry: dieting's new philosophy : Just what women need after the festive season: a new book telling them that eating fats is good and a shot of vodka is allowed

I spotted this in the Guardian. Perhaps the tide is turning and people are starting to realise that there is a problem with lowfat diets? Here are a couple of quotes:

"We live in a low-fat, fat-free culture, and women in particular have done their bodies a disservice, because we have disrupted our hormones to a quite phenomenal degree," said Blum, author of Secrets of Gorgeous: Hundreds of Ways to Live Well While Living It Up. "We have got ourselves to a stage where we can't comprehend that we need good fats to live a healthy life. We need fat to regulate our hormones. We need cholesterol to make oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

We should be eating full-fat food," she said. "Fat-free foods can contribute to weight gain because they register in the body as a carbohydrate. They also have less vitamin D. Egg yolks contain more protein than the white, as well as lecithin and choline, which help the liver break down and metabolise cholesterol. Saturated fats support bones, protect the liver, enhance the immune system, and absorb omega-3s. In moderation, they don't cause heart disease but slow down the absorption of foods in your stomach, making you feel fuller for longer."

1 comment:

darwinstable said...

Im not sure if the tide is turning. I just saw a book in the store arguing for carbs. Her argument was that when we shifted to low fat goodies we simply amped up the calories. So we should still eat carbs but not low fat substitutes. Of course what I think is if she puts people on a low calorie diet then it will still be lowish carb.