Myth Busters: Eating Fat Makes You 'Fat'

There is one myth that just won't die. Contrary to the fat fearing phobia that has brainwashed our minds for decades, fat does not make you 'fat". Gary Taubes, author of "Why We Get Fat," states that carbohydrates, not fatty foods are to blame for the rising obesity rate. Carbohydrates are converted to sugar as soon as they reach the blood stream, which secretes the fat-storing hormone, insulin. Insulin moves this sugar to sugar to storage. Fat and protein, on the other hand, aren't metabolized as sugar, and act as "buffers" to keep our blood sugar levels stable. Glucagon, a naturally occurring "fat-burning" hormone can only be released and put to work when blood sugar levels are stable. Consuming fat and protein, along with carbohydrates, is an effective strategy for preventing weight gain and keeping your body and brain satisfied and your blood sugar levels stable.

Saturated fats and trans fats have given fat a bad rap for years, but healthy fats are a key components of a balanced diet. Fat is essential for every cell in our body. It coats cell membranes and plays a central role in the functioning of our nervous system, brain function, skin integrity, mineral absorption and has healing and immune properties, not to mention it supports metabolism. Fat helps us feel full and satisfied, ward off cravings, aid in healthy hormone production, enhance mineral absorption and boost healing during inflammatory processes. Fat helps lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

It's important to choose the right kind of fat. Quality fats are needed by the brain, the body and to help support metabolism. Aim to include quality fats in your diet such as: nuts, avocados, seeds, fatty fish, and oils.

Limit damaging fats such as trans fats and man-made oils like soybean, corn, cotton seed, canola, safflower and sunflower oil.

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