Weight-loss expert champions low-carb, high-fat diets: ‘Saturated fat is good’

Nutrition expert Dr. Jonny Bowden joins a growing list of prominent medical experts to champion the benefits of a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic-style diet for weight loss and optimal health. Dr. Bowden says dietary fat has been wrongly blamed as the cause of obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease for the past 40 years.

I think the notion that saturated fat and cholesterol are the demons in the diet is 100 percent wrong;  when you look at the data, it’s very clear: Most of what we’ve been told about saturated fat and cholesterol is simply not so.” he said in an exclusive interview with the US based examiner.com on 19 December 2013.

According to Bowden, there’s no scientific evidence supporting the widespread belief that eating fat makes you fat or fuels degenerative diseases. What fuels these illnesses is inflammation — which is caused by a high-carb diet — especially one high in sugar, said Bowden, author of Living Low Carb: Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss. “The irony is that the foods we were taught are good for us — breads, cereals, pasta, rice, potatoes — are the very ones that are killing us. Our bodies convert these foods to sugar almost instantly. Sugar raises insulin, which causes inflammation, which is the fundamental cause of heart disease.

Bowden said eating a diet high in healthy fats such as olive oil, whole eggs, Malaysian palm fruit oil, grass-fed beef, and pastured butter not only accelerates weight loss, but reduces inflammation. While this revelation may sound revolutionary, Bowden has been aware of the health benefits of dietary fat for years and is glad there’s a growing vindication of this important macronutrient.

For people who want to lose weight without deprivation and enjoy optimal health, Bowden wholeheartedly champions a low-carb, high-fat diet.

Diets rich in Malaysian palm fruit oil also provide the body with potent antioxidants, including tocotrienols that may minimize stroke damage and assist in the management of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Source: www.examiner.com 19 December 2013

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