Starting in the early 70s, there was a tidal wave of bad news hitting the popular media regarding the evils of fat.
Study after study suggested that there is a link between high-fat diets and diabetes, heart disease, and some other health problems.
It seemed that subsequent studies just reinforced the earlier studies that showed the supposed link between fat and bad health.
It is no surprise that the 70s ushered in a wave of low-fat food products. From the 70s to as recently as the last decade, fat was the dietary bogeyman that was sure to boost the sales of food products.
It seemed almost all food products and food categories had a low-fat version. Interestingly enough, despite the low-fat craze America got into, Americans were still getting fatter and fatter.
Regardless of how far the low-fat crusade has permeated into popular culture and mass eating habits, the bad health effects attributed to the high-fat diet is very hard to shake off.
Indeed, the scientific evidence is beginning to pile up which shows that fat is not the evil compound we’ve been led to believe. It is becoming increasingly clear that the culprit behind America’s ever-expanding waistline is sugar, not fat.
With that said, here are some key facts we’ve uncovered so far about fat-America’s much-maligned dietary compound.
Not all fat is bad
One of the biggest paradoxes of the whole ‘fat is bad’ craze that gripped the US from the 70s onward was how Italians remained healthy despite the huge volume of fat they ate daily.
Of course, the fat they ingested took the form of olive oil. It turns out that there is a big difference between different kinds of fats.
Polyunsaturated fats can be quite healthful. Also, there are certain compounds in specific types of fats like olive oil which can actually boost human cardiovascular health.
Sugar is far worse as far as getting fat is concerned
As mentioned above, if fat is the real reason why Americans are getting fatter why is it that when Americans started cutting down on their fat intake, their guts got larger?
Well, the answer, it turns out, was the high carbohydrate intake of Americans. By loading up on sugar-rich soft drinks and sodas, thanks to cheap and plentiful high fructose corn syrup, Americans gorged on ’empty’ sugar calories.
It turns out that the body doesn’t simply flush out sugar calories. Instead, the body stores such calories in the form of, you guessed it, fat. Ouch.
High protein, low cholesterol, moderate fat diet
As more and more studies point to the conclusion that fat is not the dietary evil we once thought it to be, the picture is becoming clear: the key to slim, trim, and healthy waistlines point to a new diet.
This new diet configuration is heavy on lean protein, has low cholesterol, has low carbohydrate components, and moderate fat. By sticking to this dietary configuration, you’d go a long way in your own personal Battle Against the Bulge.
Best of all, it’s not going to keep you hungry for extended periods of time, unlike low-fat diets.