Long-Heeded Advice To Increase Health By Lowering Natural Fats Intake Debunked: Link Shown Between High Fat Diet And Reduced Risk Of Diabetes
There are some things we hear so often they become not only a part of the tapestry of the culture, they become internalized in us as individuals–regardless of their truth.
Some examples: Don’t swallow your gum; it stays in your stomach for seven years.
Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis.
Swimming with a full stomach causes cramps; wait one full hour after eating to swim.
And now, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation we can add this one to the list: Eat a low-fat diet to reduce cholesterol, heart disease, and to keep your weight down. Not only that, the really good news may be that there seems to be a link between a high-fat diet and a reduced chance of developing Type-2 diabetes.
The study, which followed a group of 3,000 participants from 1989 to the present day has shown a link between high-fat diets and improved health outcomes in many areas: the participants had not only better weight management outcomes, they also showed in two separate groups a reduced risk of diabetes when participants consumed a full-fat diet.
The history of the dietary recommendation for reduced fat diet is an interesting one, littered with anecdotal evidence that researchers and medical experts were far off track but which they have failed to correct even to this day.
The original 1950s-era research pointing the way to a reduced-fat diet for heart health was highly flawed, but nonetheless found a high-profile national and international platform for promulgating its theories: in 1955, then-President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while in office. His doctors, seizing on the fashionable theories of lower-fat dietary restrictions, placed him on a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet.
The result: when Ike suffered his first heart attack his cholesterol was at 165. But by the time he left office, after sticking to his lowered-fat diet, presumably for the remainder of his time as president, his cholesterol was at a shocking 259.
Today we finally seem to breaking free of this old wives’ tale. More and more studies show results like the one cited above, in which eating a diet high in healthy fats and low in no-vegetable carbs show improvements in a variety of health markers, including a reduced sense of being hungry after eating.
Adding a reduced risk of developing diabetes to the list should help to put the hoary old tale of low-fat/high-carb diets being good for you.