Once upon a time, the typical Western diet looked very different to how it does now. Meat and vegetables cooked in lard and dripping were the staple, according to my grandparents. Rice and pasta were foreign foods that only the very wealthy enjoyed. This diet was rich in fat.
But one day, Ancel Keys started to play with his brand new gadget; the cholesterol monitor. His observations lead to a shocking hypothesis; fat causes heart disease. He eventually completed his study known as the Five Country Study, which confirmed what we’d all feared; saturated fat DID cause heart disease. The grease from your food was clogging up your arteries and if you wanted to avoid dying you needed to remove fat and replace it with carbohydrates.
Over half a century later, government guidelines are still based on Ancel’s findings. This is despite a wealth of analytics that has completely discredited the study, and a mass of research that has disproved the theory.
Fat has been demonised, but what we know now is that eating fat doesn’t make you fat. In fact, fat is an extremely important part of the diet AND many of the alternatives you have used to in place of fat have been extremely detrimental to your health. The types of fat that you thought were healthy, aren’t, and the types you’ve been avoiding your whole life are essential.