Fat chance

If I could change just one thing about modern medicine it would be the completely misguided notion that fat is bad for you. (Well, if I’m being totally honest, that’s just the tip of the iceberg of things I’d change about modern medicine…but for the sake of space, today I’ll just take on fat!)

Let me tell you a little story: Fats became demonized because somewhere along the line, someone said if you are fat and eat fat, fat must be the cause. And it does seem to make sense–until you look at the science. And guess what? There’s NO evidence to back up this theory. In fact, studies have proven the exact opposite!

Here’s the most recent example…

According to a recent study from Britain (of course it didn’t come from the U.S.), substituting 2 ounces of nuts for a serving of carbohydrates daily improved both glycemic control  (meaning it brought down HgB A1C levels) and serum lipids in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Furthermore, according to the same study, when compared with a muffin (otherwise known as cake) and to a smaller amount of nuts, the 2-ounce serving of nuts produced the best response.

That’s right–indulging in MORE nuts actually resulted in healthier blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Which also proves my long-standing point that good health doesn’t need to be about depriving yourself.

You can indulge in rich foods–even ones high in fat like nuts–and actually improve your health, your waistline, and your diabetes risk.