Decades of research go down the drain and so much hard work on “how to live longer” pounds into oblivion, once a scientist finds that all the glamour around good for life products, was farce.
The hope around specialized diets has come into suspicion after new revelations have claimed that a low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet stands on ground-zero of science. Wow! Think about all the people who were dying to adopt a diet which would have, let’s assume, increased their life span.
Nutrition expert David Ludwig at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health claims that low-fat diets are “deeply embedded in public consciousness and food policy” because of limited scientific evidence.
Professor Ludwig says that experts always try to advertise and make us go for a low fat diet which they claim will keep us healthy. They placed better options in-front of us but what these “better” food options ended up giving us, apart from hope, was obesity and obesity related health problems.
Here are some reasons why a low-fat/high-carb diet is bad for your health.
Proper Hormonal Balance:
There are some fats which hold the eternal key to good health and these fats are called essential fatty acids. One of the most common essential fatty acids are omega-3 fatty acids and studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids are precursors of hormones which are important in the treatment and prevention of various diseases.
These fatty acids also improve fertility in women, regulate hormones, promote ovulation, increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and decrease the risks of breast cancer and cardiac problems, all this basically means that omega-3 fatty acids will make women strong.
Some other essential fatty acids include omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids decrease the risk of inflammation and improve overall conditions in the body.
A low fat diet does not lower the risks of cardiovascular diseases and surprisingly, it’s actually the opposite. There exists an inverse relationship between high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and heart problems, as it was revealed in a study that participants who had a diet high in HDL possessed healthier heart and had fewer chances of cardiovascular diseases.
Although, a fat rich diet decreases mortality, but the type of fat consumed also matters. In fact, it is actually low density lipoprotein (LDL) which is at the ‘heart’ of heart problems as it thickens arteries, clogging them and making them less flexible. Therefore, it is difficult for the blood to reach the heart and that is why LDL increases the chances of stroke, heart attacks and sudden death from cardiac causes.
Sugars are worse than fat
What holds us back from achieving a healthy body is actually a diet high in sugar, as it causes blood sugar levels to rise. This initiates the production of insulin which starts processing the sugar which is ultimately stored in fat cells, particularly around the waist.
Although scientific opinion is divided on it but they all agree that high fructose corn syrup is essentially harmful for your health.
It is a major ingredient in most processed high carbohydrate foods and is processed differently in the body compared to table sugar because the glucose and fructose in corn syrup is not chemically bonded as it is in table sugar.
So therefore, the variation in the two carbohydrates can promote overeating and ultimately cause the onset of obesity.
The Health Risks of Eating Too Much Sugar
Eating sugars does nothing but increase the “empty” calories in the body as they contain no nutrients and are just a burden on your organs.
Therefore, when we eat an excessive amount of sugar, producing enough insulin to control the flood of sugar becomes a nuisance for the body and puts a strain on it. This leads to insulin resistance, rendering the body unable to process it.
As all the useless sugar is converted to fat, it leads to fat accumulation in your body which increases your chances of becoming obese. Not only this, it also leads to heart problems, kidney and liver failure, hypertension and diabetes.
Fat Leads to Better Satiety
When compared to fats, eating sugars is related to a reduced satiety and does not stimulate the brain in the same way fats do. In fact, sugars lead to increased levels of the hunger hormone ‘ghrelin’.
Fats have also been shown to increase satiety, which is the feeling of fullness. Meals that contain unsaturated fatty acids reduces our hunger and food intake however, foods that contain saturated fatty acids do not have the wholesome factor in them.
When it comes to the Holy Grail of healthy diets, no diet is better than the Mediterranean diet, for again and again scientists have pointed out that the way Italians and Greeks eat is the best. Mediterranean diet contains unprocessed whole foods and olive oil, which has a high amount of unsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols.
You might have realized by now that the secret to living longer is to get your hands on some olives, press them dry and pour them wholeheartedly on your food while following a Mediterranean recipe to the core.