According to the latest research, high fat diets may be better than high carb diets.
At this point, you’re probably throwing your arms up in the air and screaming – can’t these scientists make up their minds? After all, didn’t we all just decide that reducing fat and increasing carbs is better for weight loss?
Here’s the real truth. The media thrives on sowing confusion. Instead of focusing on the constants – that a high quality diet composed of whole real foods is good for us – it wants us to pay attention to any tidbit of information that might contradict the obvious.
But we all KNOW that there is no such thing as a healthy low carb diet. All fruits, all vegetables, all greens, all beans and all legumes are carbs. And these foods are essential to survive and thrive.
We also know what happens when we have no access to fruits and vegetables: we develop diseases like scurvy. And we know that diets that are highest in plant-based foods are the hallmarks of societies that live the longest and the most disease-free.
A “low carb diet” is only advantageous if you mean a diet low in processed carbs. Because the farther you get away from the original form of the fruit or vegetable or grain, the less nutrient dense and naturally fiber packed it becomes.
And not all fats are created equal. Unsaturated fats from nuts, seeds, fish and avocados are good for us. They help reduce cholesterol and inflammation. Saturated fats from dairy, meat, and coconut are at best neutral in terms of cholesterol but often pro-inflammatory. Trans fats, like those found in margarine and other processed fats mess with your cholesterol profile and raise inflammatory markers.
Ultimately, it’s not about the fat or the carbs. It’s about the source of those nutrients.
At Step One Foods, we never fall for the media bait. Instead we remain laser focused on the constants. And that’s why our foods are packed with healthful unprocessed carbs and inflammation fighting fats that all come directly from the highest quality whole food ingredients.
Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Still the best dietary advice ever.