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Low-Fat: Good or Bad?

The article below from XTEND-15sec-NEWS mirrors our philosophy and that of Dr. Joel Wallach. Dr. Wallach from American/Canadian Longevity, states that carbohydrates (high-glycemic, such as bread, pasta, grains) are not necessary. Even fruit eaten out of balance can cause blood sugar problems.

He concurs with Matthews (chairman of Xtend Natural Products) regarding fat and oil consumption and goes on to say that any fat that changes colour in cooking becomes carcinogenic. Vegetable oil, whether that be olive, peanut or any other type is not necessary in our diet.

The reasoning here is that our original diet did not consist of anything processed, including oils (even cold pressed oils are processed). We ate, meats, fish, some vegetation, berries, nuts and seeds. Most of the fat we consumed came from animals.

Now it may be difficult to emulate this entirely in our modern society, but we can certainly avoid trans fats (margarine, hydrogenated cooking oils and frying) as much as possible. We can also, cut down dramatically on high-glycemic carbohydrates by eliminating sugar, juices, flour products, and over consumption of fruits, grains and starchy vegetables (potatoes, winter squash, carrots and parsnips). We aren’t saying you can never have any of these things, we are simply saying 'be reasonable.' Observe the 80/20 rule…follow the proper food plan 80% of the time and allow a little indulgence 20% of the time.

Is the 'Low Fat Diet' a Con?
On Sunday the 7th of July this year, the New York Times Magazine ran an article by Gary Taubes which asks: "What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?" Taubes states that "a small but growing minority of establishment researchers have come to take seriously what the low-carb-diet doctors have been saying all along."

Among these researchers is the chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, Walter Willett. Willett is the spokesman for a long-running study that includes data on almost 300,000 subjects and he says that the low-fat-is-good-health message is clearly contradicted by their findings. Furthermore, it appears that the extreme focus on the adverse effects of fat may have contributed to the huge upswing of obesity in America. 

During the last 3 decades whilst the low fat diet has been preached,  the number of obese Americans has been steadily rising to the point that obesity is now epidemic. The current NY Times article points out that the Atkins Diet

Warren Matthews comments: The Atkins Diet which this article refers to has drawn a lot of 'flak' over the years as its opponents often call it a 'high fat diet' whereas it is actually a low carbohydrate one. Atkins maintains saturated fat which occurs naturally in meat and butter, etc. is essential to health and should not be avoided. He is very adamant that all fats and oils which are trans or hydrogenated should be avoided at all costs. These principles are ones that I totally subscribe to and which are being continually being reinforced by new studies.

 

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