12 Jun Are you sucked into it too?
Eating fat makes you fat.
Fat leads to heart disease.
Saturated fat like coconut oil, butter is bad.
Eat less oil.
You’re likely to be familiar with many of them, launching attacks on fat.
I was sucked into it too.
Remember this food pyramid we’ve been taught at school?
Source USDA Food Pyramid.
In my case, mom made a cut-out and stuck it on the kitchen wall as long as I could remember when I was in primary school.
Right at the base of the USDA Food Pyramid, we’re advised to eat PLENTY of carbohydrates, followed by fruits and vegetables, followed by meat, dairy (low-fat) and right at the top, fats, oils are to consume sparingly.
Have you ever thought…
If people are following this dietary guideline for decades, why is it that Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, chronic illnesses are on the rise?
People are getting sicker, fatter.
What if this dietary advice is WRONG all these years?
Has this been a coincidence that rising disease problems happened right after the introduction of the food pyramid?
What shocked me more was that USDA 1992 Food Pyramid guidelines were politically influenced by the meat and dairy industry.
I also learnt that when the pyramid was updated and renamed to MyPyramid in 2005, there was industry lobbying and pressure to change the wording and recommendations.
The worst part?
It wasn’t scientifically sound.
If you’re interested in public health politics and not want to read dry, wordy texts, I highly recommend reading Marion Nestle’s An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics (an eye-opener!) .
Let’s get to the fundamentals.
3 macronutrients that we know –
Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat.
If you eat less of one of them, you end up eating more of the others.
Make total sense, right?
This is what’s happening around you and me.
The anti-fat revolution where high-carb, low-fat lifestyle took hold – (remember low-fat yoghurt, skim milk, fat-free ice-cream?) ultimately resulting in a sad epidemic of chronic diseases, obesity where tons and tons of money are spent in hospitals and health care.
Not forgetting it’s so hard to resist temptations from cakes, sweets, pastries, basically intake of processed and refined carbs ( label says it’s fat-free! ), little to no sweating activities, eating factory-farmed meat loaded with antibiotics and hormones.
Well, I’ve got a GOOD and HUGE news!
Did you know-
The recent 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines finally stopped recommending cholesterol and dietary fat restriction after 4 decades of a steady diet of low-fat recommendation.
I can eat avocadoes and coconuts with a peace of mind.
Plenty of healthy fats coming right up!
This recipe is loaded with fiber, fatty acid, Vitamin B, E, K and antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin.
Good for the skin, brain and eye health!
- 1 ripe avocado, pitted
- 250mL cold coconut water ( without added sugar or additives. Real coconut is still the best!)
- Booster (optional): Chia seed
- Add all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
- If smoothie is too thick, add a splash of water.