“Fat” is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of health conscious people everywhere. Anyone that lived through the 1980’s will remember the beginning of the war on fat and the “fat-free” craze. Scientists were just starting to examine the link between the American diet and health and studies showed a connection between saturated fat and bad cholesterol.
This led to a fear of fat and that it was the leading cause for many health concerns. A major problem was that everyone ignored the fact that there is more than one kind of fat.
Getting Rid of All Fat is Adding to Our Waistlines
Fat was an easy target in 1976 when lawmakers began the process of creating the first dietary guidelines. The general consensus was remove as much fat, and all kinds of fat, as possible and substitute it for low to no-fat carbohydrates. But there’s more to that story, see how special interests influenced the decision here
Fat-free became the marketing pitch of choice. Fat was removed, but empty calories from refined sugars, carbs and preservatives were added in their place. Empty was the trend since these diet foods also lacked many nutrients that are found in whole foods that contain fat.
The Changing Mindset Surrounding Fat
Unfortunately, the attempt to improve our diets backfired. Even as people ate fat-free they packed on pounds because their diet was unbalanced. Fortunately, today we have nearly 40 more years of research and a much better understanding of what creates a healthy, balanced diet.
Pure Plates Pan Seared Salmon w/Pesto is packed full of heart healthy fats
We now know that fat does not equal bad, and in some forms it’s pretty good for us. Heart healthy fats can help us stay full longer, protect against memory loss, fight fatigue and ease inflammatory conditions like arthritis. The dietary guidelines have been adjusted to better reflect the need for whole foods over low-fat, processed foods.
Looking at the nutritional label of Pure Plates meals you’ll notice that fat is not absent. Many of our meals contain heart healthy fats like Omega 3s from fish, nuts, and seeds. Our focus is on creating balanced meals that not only taste great, but will keep you full and give you the fuel you need to power through the day!
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