Nutrition professionals have had unbelievably incredible success with demonising perfectly healthy food. Eggs, for instance, are among the most beneficial foods on the planet. The contents of an egg are sufficient to turn a single fertilized cell into an entire baby chicken. And just because eggs contain a large amount of cholesterol, people have been made to believe that eggs cause heart problems and other complications. Oh, and it’s probably going to make you fat too.
And then, we are back to the chicken and egg question: to eat or not to eat.
In fact, almost all the benefits and nutrients are found in the yolk while the white is nothing but protein. Telling people to ditch the yellows may be just the most oxymoronic nutritional advice in history.
Fats are macronutrients; which mean nutrients that we consume in large amounts and give us energy. The bastardising of fats has been going on for decades, and especially in recent years, the fat stigma has become more distressing. And all fingers point directly at food as the main culprit.
There may be 101 ways to debunk fat myths, but what have been proven are the functional health benefits of fats, which include improving brain health, regulating production of hormones and genes, as an energy source as well as insulation for body organs and the efficient absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K.
At the end of the day, most people have already been ‘trained’ to choose low-fat foods over high-fat options since fat has been positioned as a dietary enemy.
Of course, there are some bad fats in the food chain (and we know what they are) that actually do raise the risk of heart diseases and other health issues. But before we start blaming fatty food for our health problems, let’s break down the fats and look at fat foods that are actually proven to be very good for you.