Have you been staying away from high fat foods thinking they will make you gain weight, increase your risk of heart disease, and sky rocket your cholesterol?
I am here to drop a little scientific knowledge about how fat might not be the culprit for all of these issues. The popular "caveman" diet is based on our ancestors eating 75% of their total intake in fat (20% protein, 5% carbs). We as a society have replaced a high percentage of our daily diet with carbohydrates (+60%) and reduced our fat to under 20%. So why is it that we have reduced our fat consumption by such a large percentage but obesity and cardiovascular issues have more than doubled? It is pretty simple math; protein has stayed about the same percentage while carbohydrates have switched places with fats. Our consumption of carbohydrates have skyrocketed along with the amount of sugar consumed by the average american. When you have an excess of carbohydrates in the diet along with high quantities of sugar you have a massive surplus of glucose. Your body stores glucose as....FAT!
Scientifically a diet high in carbohydrates doesn't make much sense (you can have a higher carb intake for certain athletic activity) but when you look at the calories (kCal) per carbohydrates it comes in at the lowest amount at 4 calories per gram. Fat comes in at 9 calories per gram, which makes it the most "bang for your buck" in energy per gram consumed. kCal = ENERGY!
So what does this all mean? You need FAT for your body to function optimally.
Grab some nuts as a snack, add an avocado to your meal (I try to daily), eat a piece of wild caught salmon a few times a week, and cook with coconut oil. All of these are simple healthy ways to increase your fat intake and #livehealthy!
-Dr. Griffith, DC
MOVEMENT Chiropractic and Wellness