“So…you’re telling me to ditch the margarine and low fat yoghurts and eat full fat butter and dairy??”…my (typically) puzzled client said after I’d given him an explanation of why ‘bad’ saturated fats have been wrongly banished from our diets. Researchers all over the world and in the UK (including a recent study funded by the British Heart Foundation) have now concluded that eating saturated fats (butter, lard, animal fats, full fat dairy, eggs, oily fish etc) does NOT contribute to more heart disease, diabetes, cholesterol etc. In fact they found that people who replaced fats with margarines, trans fats (in cakes, biscuits, ready meals etc) and sugary foods were those more likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, obesity and all sorts of diet-related health issues.
Personally, I am ecstatic when I read articles such as the Time Magazine ‘Ending the war on fat’ (12/06/2114) or Dr Mosley’s similar fat-loving article in The Times (2/07/14). To recap the findings (and reiterate what I’ve been advising my clients for years!): replace spreads with unsalted butter, ghee and coconut oil (all great for cooking), eat full fat unsweetened plain yoghurt, have oily fish at least three times a week, non-lean red meat (not pork) at least once a week, include great fats in your daily diet such as raw unsalted nuts and seeds, avocados and keep your vegetable and nut oils plentiful (but unheated).
Your heart, waist lines and tummies will thank you for it!
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