Fats vs Carbs

Fatty_foodsGood news for those who like to squeeze a little fat into their diet. A new study suggests….that may not be such a bad thing!

From CBS News:

A large, 18-country study may turn current nutritional thinking on its head.

The new research suggests that it’s not the fat in your diet that’s raising your risk of premature death, it’s too many carbohydrates — especially the refined, processed kinds of carbs — that may be the real killer.

The research also found that eating fruits, vegetables and legumes can lower your risk of dying prematurely. But three or four servings a day seemed to be plenty. Any additional servings didn’t appear to provide more benefit.

What does all this mean to you? Well, a cheeseburger may be OK to eat, and adding lettuce and tomato to the burger is still good for you, but an excess of white flour burger buns may boost your risk of dying early.

According to United Press International (UPI), “People with a high fat intake — about 35 percent of their daily diet — had a 23 percent lower risk of early death and 18 percent lower risk of stroke compared to people who ate less fat, said lead author Mahshid Dehghan. She’s an investigator with the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Ontario.”

Popular Science added:

“The American Heart Association recommends that you keep your total fat consumption to less than 30 percent of total calories, and to keep your saturated fat to less than 10 percent of calories,” says Dr. Sonia Anand, the director of the population genomics program at Canada’s McMaster University and an author on the studies. But Anand and her colleagues argue that current research fails to support the idea that saturated fat is the real heart killer. “This study adds a whole large data set for such bodies to consider,” she says. “And it may be time to revise that recommendation.”

Back to what researchers think about fat vs carbs…..it seems, they beliebve, carbs are the real threat to better health. CBC News wrote, “People who ate a lot of carbohydrates (more than 60 per cent of their total calorie intake) were at higher risk of death overall, as well as death not related to cardiovascular disease.  “When you recommend lowering fat, by default, people increase their carbohydrate consumption,” said Dehghan. “And increasing consumption of carbohydrates results in higher risk of mortality.”

This new research certainly flies in the face of popular thinking over the past few decades. We’d love to get your thoughts about it. Are you willing to add some fat to your diet and cut out carbs? Generating meaningful dialogue around the health issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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