In the 1970s and 80s, fat was the bad boy of nutrition. Since then, research has reminded us of so many of the “forgotten” good things about fat — from the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, to absorbing our fat-soluble vitamins and beyond. As research goes on, more facts come to light to dispel our fears of this nutrient.
Will Fat Kill You, or Make You Live Forever?
As you might expect, it depends on the kind of fat. As I wrote about a few weeks ago, the standard advice from the 1970s and 80s about following a low-fat diet turned out to be less healthy than including “good” fats from foods like nuts and olive oil. Another recent scientific paper from Australia,
More Good News for the Mediterranean Diet
For years, the standard nutritional advice for cardiovascular disease prevention has been to follow a low-fat diet. This is still the official recommendation of the American Heart Association. However, more and more evidence is pointing to the fact that it may be the quality, not quantity, of the fats we consume that is good for our hearts.