Fats have been everything but good in the eyes of healthcare providers and dieters in North America over the last 40 years.
Researchers from numerous Canadian research institutes looked at studies, included data looking at saturated vs. trans fat intake and health outcomes. The recent review of existing studies suggests that moderate about of saturated fats (which in the past were accused of causing disease) poses no health risk. Those saturated fats that are naturally found in animal products including egg yolk, butter and fish were not connected to cardiovascular disease, strokes or diabetes. Consumption of trans fats, however, were directly associated with a 34 per cent increase in all deaths and a 28 per cent increase in cardiac diseases. Trans fats are the hydrogenated oils from processed foods, margarines, and other industrial made fats that support shelf life. Red meat was the only category suggesting an increased risk of cardiac disease. The review also suggests that there may be other variables that have to be looked at with red meat consumption.
So let me break this down for you and take a step back and get back to the basics. If you look at your grandparent’s lifestyle, including food they consumed, what did it look like? I will tell you, it didn’t come from a box or a drive-thru window. It was made up of whole real foods, including vegetables, fruit, leans proteins, nuts, legumes, seeds and yes, butter. The rates of diseases were much lower then compared to now. If you don’t believe me take a walk into any emergency room in North America or look at our over burdened healthcare system to see the facts. We are not becoming more ill because of family genetics. We are becoming more ill because of what we put into our body and lack of exercise. Eating non-processed foods will not increase your risk of disease, as this study suggests. Eating processed trans fats that are also connected with refined sugars support disease. I am happy to see researches are looking deeper into populations so that we can take control of our health. That said, it is you and I that have to learn, understand and implement changes to improve our own health.
For 20 years I have been teaching principles that support what these new findings are suggesting. Lifestyle change is about getting back to the basics and not being on a diet. Dietary changes that reduce trans fats also must reduce foods that elevate blood glucose and insulin levels (processed foods), thereby reducing disease. Get back to the basics. And watch how your health will improve.
Karen Hourtovenko – RN(EC), MBA, Psy.D, Nurse Practitioner, Master Life Coach, NLP Practitioner - Life Zone Coaching and Consulting