A Big Fat Story About Fats
Once upon a time, fat was bad for you.
In fact, people were terrified of it.
Fat kills! They were told.
Avoid eggs! Drink skim milk! Use margarine, not butter!
For years, low-fat diets were all the rage.
Low-fat or fat-free foods were the hottest thing since, well, sliced bread.
(Oh, and bread was okay. Low-fat, right? Eat six servings!)
The crazy thing is, nobody got any healthier.
The REALLY crazy thing is, the low-fat era is possibly why so many of the older generation now have diabetes today.
For two reasons.
One – they cut out ALL the fats.
(We’ll explain that one in a moment).
Two – what makes a fat-free product taste good?
(Oh, but, sugar’s okay – because it’s got no fat, right? Eat ALL the servings!)
The thing is, there’s more to fat than BAD fat.
There’s GOOD fat, too.
And good fat is really, really good for you.
It’s a vital component of every single one of your trillion-plus cells in your body.
Your BRAIN alone is made up of around 60 percent fat!
And that’s not even the whole story.
Let’s take a quick glimpse at what fat does for you:
Fat is a major source of fuel for your body.
And it burns more slowly than sugar.
And without the blood sugar crash.
Fat is absolutely vital for your body to absorb certain vitamins and minerals properly.
Fat is required for the building of your cell membranes.
And not just the membranes, but the exterior of the cell and the sheaths surrounding every one of your nerves.
Fat helps your blood clot and your muscles move.
Fat reduces inflammation.
Fat keeps your blood cholesterol in check.
With all that in mind, why the heck would you consider cutting fat out of your diet?
Well, some doctor said fat was bad. And that was enough for everyone to go running for the tofu and cooking their meat on non-stick pans.
(And we all know the truth about non-stick pans now).
Fortunately, science has come to the rescue.
We now know that the world of fats is complex, and some are better than others.
You may be wondering what this all has to do with diabetes.
It has a LOT to do with diabetes.
Good fats are the key to beating your diabetes.
Bad fats are going to make them worse.
Let’s look at which is which.