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or years we’ve been told that a low-fat diet is essential for weight loss and heart health. But Christine Cronau, author of The Fat Revolution: Why Butter and Real Fats Actually Make Us Slim (Purple Lotus Publishing, $34.95), says fats aren’t the enemy. Here’s why...
Don’t be afraid of fat
Christine says fat can actually be good for us. ‘For the past 50 years we have been asked to reduce our fat, especially our saturated fats, and statistics show we’ve reached the recommended targets – but it’s not working,’ she says. ‘Heart disease is out of control and we are still struggling with our weight. ‘Study after study shows fat was never the problem – in fact, sugar and excess carbohydrates are the true culprits behind obesity and heart disease.’
Natural fats help us feel full
So while we think a low-fat diet is doing us good, Christine says it may have the opposite effect. ‘When we reduce our fat intake, we increase the foods that do make us fat – sugar and grains,’ she says. ‘In addition, fats are the only food that produces
eating fat HELPS us slim DOWN our fullness hormone (CCK). This is why we can eat plenty of sugary food (pure carbohydrate) and still not feel satisfied. ‘If we eat a meal with healthy fats (natural fats like butter, coconut oil and animal fat), we feel full and stop eating. Sugars and grains prompt our body to store fat because they trigger an insulin response. We’re meant to eat small amounts of carbohydrate, but when we eat too many, we create too much glucose, and it’s stored in our fat cells.’
The heart disease myth
‘The idea that high cholesterol causes heart disease is also a
huge myth,’ Christine says. ‘The evidence is very clear that saturated fat is not the cause of heart disease and is not responsible for raising our cholesterol levels.’
Attitudes are changing
Christine knows this thinking goes against conventional health advice. ‘But people are tired of making the same losing bet over and over again,’ Overweight as a young adult, Christine changed she says. ‘Fortunately, many her diet and turned doctors and other health her life around. professionals are realising the mistake and now speaking out.’ • For more of Christine’s advice, head to www.newidea.com.au.
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