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Why A Harvard Nutritionist Thinks We Need More Fat

Why A Harvard Nutritionist Thinks We Need More Fat
May 19
02:39 2016

Despite being raised to believe that we should all adopt a low-fat diet, some experts are now saying that this is not the case. There is actually a difference between good fats and bad fats, experts say, and we would all be better off if we ate a low-carb, high-fat (the good kind!) diet.

One of the main supports behind this shift in thought is Dr. David Ludwig, a Harvard Medical School nutrition and obesity expert. Although his way of thinking has not been accepted in the field, he released a new book, “Always Hungry?” outlining the scientific support for his theory.

Ludwig believes that by eating processed carbohydrates and causing an insulin spike, our bodies tend to suck up calories and hold on to them instead of burning through them. With all of these calories stored, there are less in the blood, signaling hunger to the brain.

To cut this cycle, Ludwig believes the answer is cutting carbohydrates and raising the level of good fats in our diets. He believes high-fat diets lead to less hunger signals, and a more satisfying diet overall.

Even though fat has such a bad reputation in the diet and nutrition world, many studies have shown that replacing carbohydrates with the good fats can lower risk of heart disease and decrease blood pressure.

To incorporate more fats into your diet, try eating avocados, olive oils and nuts, but be sure to balance these fats out with fruits, veggies and protein.

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