Demonizing Fat

Low-fat food doesn’t always mean healthy, and looking at fat negatively can actually lead to insulin resistance and weight gain. Demonizing fat because it has more calories per gram ignores the information transmitted in food to your body and encourages consumption of ultra-processed foods.

If it says “low-fat” and you think it’s healthy, think again. You have fallen prey to Big Food and Ancel Keys.

Focusing simply on calories in and calories out produce an inherent bias against high-fat food, which may actually protect against obesity and related diseases. The simplistic calorie focus results in dietary guidelines that support replacing fat with starch and sugar, which promotes insulin resistance.

Malhotra A, DiNicolantonio JJ, Capewell S. It is time to stop counting calories, and time instead to promote dietary changes that substantially and rapidly reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Open Heart 2015;2(1) doi: 10.1136/opener-2015-000273 [published Online First: Epub Date|.

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