50 Shades of Fat


What are the thoughts on more fat in our diets? We know that the brain likes fat; it is good for the brain unlike sugar.

However, until now we have been advised to eat low fat diets. The latest research suggests otherwise, but personally I cannot help but remain with my constant thought that our bodies tell us what we need and will, if we listen, guide us to strike a healthy balance.

That said, I have been over the past twelve to eighteen months consciously and deliberately having more fat in my diet, good fats to aid brain recovery perhaps? I have had more fats in the belief that cholesterol levels may rise initially and then even out. When I have had my annual checks for both cholesterol and blood sugar levels I am pleased to say, both considerably improved.  This does not mean however it will be the case for everyone, so until now I have not felt I was in a position to recount such results.

Having said that. The National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration report a return to whole foods such as meat, fish and high fat healthy foods such as avocadoes, full fat dairy foods such as milk, cheese, and yogurt saying these fats do not make you fat and that they can actually protect your heart.

Initially following my stroke, I really cut down on all of these. I am on many heart tablets daily and have now returned to eating full fat foods and really enjoying them. I do not have any scales in the house but I am still wearing the same clothes!

It is now thought that the low fat foods are the cause for weight gain as they contain such high amounts of sugar. Obesity levels are higher than they have ever been. Dr Aseem Malhotra, consultant Cardiologist and founding member of the Public Health Collaboration believes, along with a group of medics, that dietary guidelines promoting low fat foods is perhaps the biggest mistake in modern medical history.

The current eat well guideline from Public Health England is in his view more like a metabolic time bomb than a dietary pattern conducive for good health. It is now believed that it is a gross over-simplification of heart disease, and it is in fact more likely caused by stress and too many starchy sugary foods.

Yet Professor John Wass, the Royal College of Physicians’’ special advisor on obesity says there was good evidence that saturated fat increased cholesterol. He reminds us that what is needed is a balanced diet, regular exercise.

So is it simply back to good old fresh simple foods, listening to our body, as little processed refined foods as possible and stop thinking about food so much and exercise as much as we are able, in our case dependent on disability and fatigue?

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