Monday, June 23, 2014

Did This Man Make Us All Fat?

Ancel Keyes
He passed away a number of years ago, but his influence on dietary policy hasn't passed.  Here is a link to a story from reporter Paul John Scott in the Minnesota Star Tribune:
 Click Here for the Story.

Last week, Time magazine published a cover story titled: "Eat Butter."  It's ironic that the very man who had made it his mission to get us to stop eating butter and other saturated fats was on the cover of Time just as the low fat revolution was getting started.

This is a relief to me, as I get e-mails nearly every week from people who are thanking of following the Sugar Freedom plan, but they stop and think hard about a lifestyle change that involves eating more fat.

Articles like the one at the link above help a great deal when it comes to explaining why it's fine to eat fat, but I must add a note of caution.  Fat is fine when it is whole and natural as in pastured butter and coconut oil.  The trouble comes when fat is consumed along with sugars and starches.  Trans fats that we find in cookies, crackers, muffins, and other processed foods are unsafe at any level, and here is where so much of the confusion lies.

Don't even get me started on carbs!  Oh well, here goes.

Some carbs are fantastic for good health, well being and even fat loss.  Spinach, broccoli, asparagus, lettuce, tomatoes, yes, even carrots and sweet potatoes are phenomenal for nutritional density without caloric density.  Go ahead and put some pastured butter or coconut oil on them if you like.  I believe that you can eat them, get nourished and satisfied, and shed fat.

The confusion starts when you butter pasta and rolls, or you put  healthy veggies on top of a pizza made with gluten heavy crust and soybean oil.

Slowly but surely, the understanding is beginning to dawn that eating well and losing weight or maintaining a healthy body weight takes the kind of knowledge that comes from a healthy skepticism.  I'm happy when people send me e-mails asking me to explain my Sugar Freedom philosophy.

As I seek better and clearer explanations for why Sugar Freedom has helped me and so many of my clients lose fat and keep it off, I get to learn the latest science that supports the idea of leaving sugar, starch, and processed fats out of the diet so that there is room on our plates for nourishing, satisfying food.

At the same time, Ancel Keyes' story teaches me an important lesson.  I must open my eyes to all of the well designed food studies I can find: especially those that may counter my position!

So keep the questions coming, and if you find reports that contradict my Sugar Freedom philosophy, I want to see them.