Mmmm, Butter…

This doesn’t mean you abandon fruit for beef and cheese; you just abandon fake food for real food, and in that category of real food you can include good meat and dairy.

via Butter Is Back – NYTimes.com.

Fat is food. Fat is fuel.

Let’s repeat this, shall we.

Fat is food. Fat is fuel.

Getting nutrition right can seem so challenging to most people, largely because the institutions we count on to advise us on what we should or shouldn’t eat cannot actually be trusted. But, as Mark Bittman points out in the article linked above, the jury really is no longer out on whether or not dietary fats should be avoided.

Dietary fat is a necessary component of balanced nutrition. If you restricted the foods you eat to things labeled “low fat” or “non-fat” this would not have the desired effect… at all. Depriving your body of dietary fats WILL disrupt your hormone balance. It will also lead you to eat more.

The human digestive system evolved to register satiety in proportion to the quality of nutrition consumed. Food with a decent amount of fat in it registers as more satisfying and filling for a reason. Dietary fats provide long term energy and help to break down fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. What’s the number one most common vitamin deficiency in America today? D deficiency. Now, part of that is because we modern humans don’t spend enough time in the sunshine, and when we do we’re slathered in sunscreen. But another big part of the reason why vitamin D deficiency is so common is that we’ve been told to reduce our consumption of dietary fats to the point where we aren’t able to metabolize the D we are producing/consuming.

But again, I don’t want to add to the confusion. Read Bittman’s article. Read the studies he links to. Do some research on your own if you like, but if not, then just eat food. Don’t eat things that are industrially designed to be incomplete nutritionally. I love Bittman’s example of how the mind simply boggles at the notion of such a thing as non-fat sour cream. Cream, even the sour variety, is fat. Non-fat sour cream is, effectively, non-fat fat. If that makes any kind of logical sense to you, you’re obviously a lawyer. In all seriousness, non-fat fat can only be a highly engineered, industrially produced glob of pseudo-food and chemicals. You really shouldn’t eat such things.

If you don’t want to count calories, or analyze your macronutrients or any of the nerdy and borderline crazy things us fitness geeks compulsively do, but you still want to eat healthier, then just do this – stop eating anything that had to be engineered in order to be edible. Eat meat. Eat vegetables. Eat fruit. Eat nuts. Eat seeds. Or, as Michael Pollan put it so well – Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

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