Fat isn't nearly as bad for you as we thought - and another ingredient is likely worse
Yet more and more research suggests this kind of thinking is dangerously misguided.Instead of finding evidence that low-fat eating plans offer health benefits, dozens of studies have suggested instead that these kinds of diets are unhelpful or potentially harmful. And new research points to another food category that could be the real problem: simple carbohydrates.
"Global dietary guidelines should be reconsidered in light of these findings," the researchers wrote in the paper.
Why low-fat diets don't make people thinSeveral other recent studies of people on low-fat eating plans have shown similar results. An eight-year trial involving almost 50,000 women put roughly half of them on a low-fat diet, and found that the women on that plan didn't lower their risk of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, or heart disease. Plus, they didn't lose much weight, if any.
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Because foods high in simple carbohydrates like white flour and sugar lack protein and fiber, they only satiate you briefly, leaving you hangry later. This is why they're often called "empty calories."
Not all fats are created equal
"Not all fats are created equal," Harvard nutrition professor Dr. Frank B. Hu, a lead author on the study, told The New York Times. "We should eat more good ones from fish and avocados, instead of animal fats," he said.
According to a health blog maintained by the Harvard Medical School, healthy fats include those from nuts, fish, and avocados; unhealthy ones are trans fats found in processed foods, and saturated fats "fall somewhere in between."Overall, the take-home message is simple: fats from vegetables, nuts, plants, and fish are a healthy component of any diet, while an excess of simple carbohydrates is probably not.
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