Fat: It's A Good Thing
Fat has gotten a bad rap. Calculated false advertising with its campaign of fear and false promises have spawned the low-fat craze that's sweeping across America at warp speed. But has this low-fat craze done anything to improve the size of our waistlines? Are we any less fat or healthier despite the thousands of "low-fat" food products on the market? Certainly not.
The notion of fat being harmful and terrible for you goes back a long way. No, it wasn't generated by vegetarians or anti-dairy groups. It began quite innocently, with a noble
cause. Americans were getting unhealthy and the public needed to know. Hence, the government’s effort to save our country from unhealthy drinks and foods began.
(Good) fat: It's a good thing...
DIETARY GOALS FOR THE UNITED STATES
PREPARED BY THE STAFF OF THE
SELECT COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION
AND HUMAN NEEDS
UNITED STATES SENATE
(Press Conference, Friday, January 14, 1977, Room 457, Dirksen Senate Office Building)
STATEMENT OF SENATOR GEORGE McGOVERN ON THE PUBLICATION OF DIETARY GOALS FOR THE
The purpose of this press conference is to release a Nutrition Committee study entitled Dietary Goals for the United States, and to explain why we need such a report.
I should note from the outset that this is the first comprehensive statement by any branch of the Federal Government on risk factors in the American Diet.
The simple fact is that our diets have changed radically within the last 50 years, with great and often very harmful effects on our health. These dietary changes represent as great a threat to public health as smoking.
Too much fat, too much sugar or salt, can be and are linked directly to heart disease, cancer, obesity, and stroke, among other killer diseases. In all, six of the ten leading causes of death in the United States have been linked to our diet.
Those of us within government have an obligation to acknowledge this. The public wants some guidance, wants to know the truth, and hopefully today we can lay the cornerstone for the building of better health for all Americans, through better nutrition."
Senator George McGovern
Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs
“The Dietary Goals For The United States”
Our diets have changed radically within the last 50 years, with great and often very harmful effects on our health. These dietary changes represent as great a threat to public health as smoking.
Senator George McGovern - January 14, 1977
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To understand how it all started you have to go back a few decades. And while there is a great deal of information on the internet, much is convoluted and I hesitate to print it. I will however, reference our trusted resources for your perusal. I can say this however, about the low-fat trickery going on today, "the proof is in the pudding." This is evident by the trend line below which clearly details the obesity rate and its increase with the onset of the “low-fat” craze.
Figure. Trends in adult overweight, obesity, and extreme obesity among men and women aged 20-74: United States, selected years 1960-1962 through 2011-2012
NOTES: Age-adjusted by the direct method to the year 2000 U.S. Census Bureau estimates using age groups 20-39, 40-59, and 60-74. Pregnant females were excluded. Overweight is body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater but less 30; obesity is BMI greater than or equal to 30; and extreme obesity is BMI greater than or equal to 40.
SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Health Examination Survey 1960-1960; and National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys 1971-1974; 1976-1980; 1988-1994; 1999-2000, 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, and 2011-2012.
Lots of misinformation and subterfuge led the “bad fat” campaign crusade and even studies by so-called “authorities” are suspect. Such as the well-known Ancel Keys, "Seven Country Study." One thing is certain: the industrial food industry, brilliant masterminds at mirth, mystery and prestidigitation, took the “fat” ball and ran with it. And did they ever run fast. Thousands of products later, they’ve got most of America actually believing low-fat is the savior, and we've got the junk food industry to thank!
How did they take the fat out and make it taste so good?
It didn’t. At least not before adding one of the many weapons in their industrial food arsenal, sugar. Sugar; ubiquitous, and coveted, it's disguised by many different names, over 50 in fact. Sucralose (Splenda), cane juice, caramel, and others you probably don't even recognize. It’s also highly addictive and wreaks havoc on your body. Literally ruining your health. Sugars and refined carbs such as white flour products turn into fat. Unhealthy fat. The kind that stores in your liver and contributes to diabetes and a host of other "dis-eases."
Our daily intake of added sugars is 2-3 times more than the recommended limit of
6 teaspoons for women (9 for men).
Sugar Shockers – There are more than 200 types of added sugars used in processed foods and beverages. Added sugars are used in more than 75 percent of the products sold in supermarkets-often in unexpected items, like bread, salty snacks and condiments.
THE 5 MOST COMMONLY USED SWEETENERS:
Corn syrup, sorghum, cane sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate.
The addictive ingredients in junk food (there are literally thousands of artificial ingredients in processed foods today) are designed to keep you hungry and craving more. The empty calories provide no nourishment and you’re basically starving to death, even if you’re fat. No, especially if you’re fat.
Did I say FAT? Yep, that’s exactly what happens in your body when you consume sugar or any of the low-fat fare being passed off as “a really good idea and healthy for you too.”
Fat is good for you. Yep, provided it's organic- hey, who wants growth hormones, lots more toxic stuff, antibiotics, or pus in their dairy foods? – eggs, butter and cream, are not the evil demons they'd have you believe.
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Cholesterol is not only beneficial for your body, it’s absolutely mandatory. Having too little cholesterol can negatively impact your hormone levels, heart disease risk and your brain health. Reducing your cholesterol may actually increase your risk for cardiovascular disease.”
Eating a traditional diet of whole foods (for most of us, that would be the foods our grandparents ate) leads to a healthier physiology and a better life overall. Your health is your greatest asset. All the time and money in the world mean nothing if you’re too sick to enjoy it.
Next time you see a package of snack food or any food for that matter with a label touting "low-fat," think again. Low-fat just means high in sugar and dozens of other garbage designed to keep you
"high in fat, and high on sugar."
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