The low-fat diet has been promoted and touted as the go to diet for “health”. You might be on one right now…
The fact is the benefits of a low-fat diet are minimal at best. Now I’m NOT giving you permission to start drinking butter and eat fried chicken everyday. Not that you would do that (I hope).
But consider this, current health trends are showing the highest populations of diabetes, heart disease and cancer in recent history and are on the rise. So to me at least, I don’t think the low-fat diet is really working. Just a thought. There is actually very little evidence that a low-fat diet provides ANY health benefits. But somewhere along the line (1960s) it became an overstated ideology of the standard American diet.
The fact is, it literally killing you (if you’re on one). A diet high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbohydrates is the true key to lasting health and longevity. More and more studies are pointing towards this type of diet. It’s funny, we are just reverting back to our ancestral way of eating (caveman days). We really haven’t evolved too much as far as our biology is concerned in the last 5000 + years. So why did the diet we eat change?
Another new study released by the Journal of Diabetologia reveals the benefits of a high-fat, low carbohydrate diet is best for type 2 diabetics. The diet was made up of 50% fat, 30% protein, and 20% carbohydrate. A majority of the fat in the diet came from monounsaturated (macadamia nuts, safflower oil, olive oil, avocados, almonds,, fish oil) and polyunsaturated (flaxseed, walnuts, sunflower seeds/oil, turkey, chicken, tofu, soybeans) fats. So don’t think fried chicken, donuts and burgers are the staple of a diet like this.
Diabetics that follow a diet like this will have better control over their blood sugar levels mainly because the high fat diet will help combat the inflammation in the body (diabetes is an inflammatory disease). This will also reduce the risk of long-term complications with diabetes like retinopathy and neuropathy.
Just to clear a few thinks up about the diet and what it should be made up of so you can start making some changes to ensure you have better control over your diabetes. Here they are:
- Mono & polyunsaturated fats primarily (good fats)
- Grass-fed and free range animals, and soybean (tofu) for protein sources-tend to be higher in good fats
- Butter instead of margarine
- Carbohydrates should come from vegetables and some fruits (in season)
- NO wheat, bread, pasta, or any other grains
- Water, water, water (3-4 gallons plus a day)
- Supplement with fish or krill oil for added BANG. (recommend Krill, since it is the best)
So get busy and get you some fat
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