For most of my life, from elementary school through high school and all the way to college, I was taught that consuming fats- especially saturated fats were a huge mistake. Things such as bacon, eggs, butter, high-fat red meats were a huge no-no if I wanted to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. For a while, even things that I thought were healthy- such as almonds- were taken off the safe list due to their high fat content.
It seemed as if everything I liked to eat was turning out to be bad for me. High in saturated fats or just fats, in general. It was shown, through scientific study no less, that fat contributed to plaque build up in the arteries, which led to heart disease which led to… well you get the picture.
Fat was bad. Gotcha. Now the next step was to replace it with something better. So we were introduced to trans-fats, and I think everyone remembers how well that turned out. It certainly wasn’t pretty. So in order to keep our caloric intake at a healthy level, we increased carbohydrates and proteins.
Which, it turns out, in the 1990s, and the early 2000s, carbohydrates took a turn as the villain, along with fat. So that left protein. I can handle that, I thought to myself- limit the fat, limit the carbohydrates, and make up the deficit with protein. Sounded easy enough.
Well, except for the dwindling energy levels, and mood swings.
Then 2013 rolled around, and doctors and scientist began to look at fat in a new light and to take a closer look at all those studies that said that fat and carbohydrates were the villains of the piece. They conducted meta-studies- which are essentially reviews of other studies.
You know what they found out?
That the idea and advice of cutting saturated fat from our diet were shown to be “the greatest medical error of our time.”…