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Low fat versus high fat

You’re only 4 clicks from the truth!

In the health headlines this week there was a story claiming a low-fat diet combined with calorie restriction could protect our aging brains against inflammation related issues.

Now I am big fan of calorie restriction, but I believe low fat diets are behind the global decline in health. Because the article referred to a study involving tests on mice, I decided to use my computer mouse to dig a little deeper into what was really behind this story.

My first click revealed a Harvard study tracing low-fat diets to an increase in type 2 diabetes, which used to be known as adult onset diabetes, but today has become rampant amongst our children.  The Harvard study also revealed that low-fat diets increase our risk of heart disease and a bunch of other nasty health issues including some cancers.

So what do we do when two opposing ‘truths’ backed by seemingly reputable sources coexist like they do with the low-fat versus high-fat debate?

Well we dig deeper of course and I used my second mouse click to find out who published the story saying low-fat is good. My third click was used to discover what else this publisher was involved with and my fourth mouse click exposed the truth.

The same people behind the medical newsletter claiming low-fat was good just happen to run one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical websites!

An article promoting a low-fat diet is pretty good for the pharmaceutical industry because it has a major financial stake in diseases like Type 2 diabetes (remembering it is linked to low-fat/high-carb diets).

Did you know 85-90% of all diabetes worldwide is Type 2 and that it is considered a lifestyle disease? In the early stages it can be reversed and even cured through simple changes in diet and lifestyle?

But the annual spend on controlling diabetes in 2016 was over $825 billion? That is not a level of income to be tinkered with.

Diabetes is strongly associated with obesity and patients are constantly being directed to lose weight.  Yet the primary cause of weight gain is the fat hormone, insulin, which is what is prescribed to diabetics to manage diabetes.

So let me summarize this for you because you’re likely scratching your head at this point.

Patients are told to lose weight, yet are given a drug that is scientifically proven to cause weight gain!

Yep it sounds insane to me!

Why not hit the root cause of the problem by prescribing a reduction of high insulin producing foods (refined processed foods, sugars and excess protein) and replacing them with low insulin producing foods (healthy natural fats and natural whole foods).

You will notice I said a healthy diet including natural fats, not low fat yogurts and low fat cheese etc.

Fasting protocols are also known to help manage insulin levels, but there’s no money in a cure, only in a lifelong drug dependency.

The estimated cost of treatment for a woman diagnosed with diabetes between the ages of 25-44 is estimated at around $130,000 USD.  A dietary cure would cost around US$1,000 in dietician fees.  That is a significant loss in profits when you consider around 415,000,000 people live with diabetes!

So a few simple clicks shows we cannot trust everything we read.

This is why I will never stop clicking my mouse (which was not harmed in any way during my research) whenever I read about low fat diets and how good they are for you. The low fat versus high fat diet debate has poured petrol on the fire of a global health epidemic and people, probably people you know, are getting burnt!

Love Deborah