Fat plays a vital role in human health. Our bodies depend on fat for energy, for brain development, for nerve function, for insulation, and for maintaining healthy hair and skin. Dietary fats are essential for absorbing certain vitamins, to protect and build cells, for optimal brain function, and for making hormones. Many experts who have studied fat and cholesterol in detail believe that coronary artery disease has more to do with damaged cholesterol than cholesterol itself. One of the ways cholesterol can become damaged is when sugar molecules attach themselves to LDL and change their shape. That’s why a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates can be a heart healthy diet for some people. Diets that include upwards of 70% fat have been successfully used in some people to control weight, depression, anxiety, epilepsy, and blood sugar with no evidence of adverse affects. An extremely high fat diet may not be right for everyone. Find out more about the benefits of healthy fats at the link below.
When looking into special diets as a means of weight loss, to find relief from a health issue or simply to improve your overall health, always remember the concept of bio-individuality. Genetics play an important role in determining what foods are appropriate for each of us. Some people can efficiently break down starchy vegetables and grains, while others fair better omitting these foods entirely from their diet. Some humans have evolved to be able to digest cow’s milk while others lack the enzymes to do so. And some people are able to extract the nutrients they need from a plant based diet while others need a healthy dose of protein, fat and other nutrients found only in animal based foods. The point is that we’re all different and no one diet is best for everyone.
While I do make some individual recommendations to my personal clients, I try to avoid blanket statements about diet and health when talking to the masses. BUT, regardless of what foods you decide to eat or not eat, be sure to include plenty green vegetables and don’t forget to exercise every day.