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Is Too Much Fat Or Carbs Making Us Fat?

A week or so ago I did a post on the dangers of fruit juice and included an interesting info-graphic that was sent to me. For today’s post I want to share another one of these info-graphics. This one is how the wrong carbs eaten in excess make you fat and not necessarily dietary fat.

We’ve had a government health campaign going on since the early 80′s telling us we need to cut back on fat intake.  If you’re old enough to remember you can recall when the big swing happened in the grocery store with everything being labeled as “low-fat.”

With fat being the so called culprit to our health problems, it was stripped out of foods and replaced with processed carbohydrates and artificial ingredients.

Did we get healthier with the lower fat intake? Nope

As we all known, obesity, heart disease, and other degenerative diseases are at all-time highs.

So was fat REALLY the problem?

I want you to do some logical thinking for a minute.

How is it that our grandparents and great-grandparents could drink whole milk, eat real butter, use lard to cook with, and consume large amounts of fat (yes, even the supposedly evil saturated fat) and yet not have the health problems we do today?

There’s endless debate over fat in our diet, especially saturated fat, but how can you ignore the obvious fact that it once wasn’t much of a problem?

Instead of looking at the big picture (for reasons that extend the scope of this article) medical researchers have isolated out fat and said “see here, this is the problem.”

Only one issue though. When dietary fat is significantly reduced the health markers don’t necessarily go up. You’d think they would but it’s not the case. Even the Atkins diet (which I’m not a big fan of for a lifestyle diet) has shown better improvements in health markers than traditional low-fat, moderate carb diets.

Let me cut right to the chase and tell you the same thing you’ll see in the info-graphic.

Dietary fat is NOT the culprit in making us fat…it’s too many starches and processed/refined sugars!

Sure dietary fat consumed with a lot of sugars and starches is going to make you fat, but not when it’s consumed with foods that don’t trigger an insulin response.

It’s important to remember, dietary fat does NOT trigger insulin. Carbs do along with protein when consumed in excess.

If you want to LOSE unwanted body fat you must change how your body handles blood sugar. In short, you need to improve insulin sensitivity. How do you do that?

By replacing excess starches and processed sugars in your diet with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, seeds, and other fats. Once again we’re talking about a Primal Blueprint way of eating.

Sure unsaturated fat is going to be preferred over saturated fat but we’re aiming at the wrong target when we’re overly focused on fat.

Alright, enough on the intro…here’s a link to the info-graphic I was telling you about. The source is referenced to Gary Taubes, author of “Why We Get Fat.” You may not have heard of him but this is one sharp guy who knows his stuff. He’s at the forefront of arguing against the traditional dietary guidelines that have been promoted by the USDA Food Pyramid for decades.

Click on the link below to view the info-graphic in another window:

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Category: Nutrition.