How the Fat Free Revolution Destroyed Health in America

The fat free food industry has done a great job of convincing everyone that fat will kill you. Very effective food advertisements have saturated our collective conscience and is backed up at the fat free foods we see at the grocery stores.

No surprisingly, these and other reduced fat products fly off the shelves, provide excellent profits to food companies and have resulted in the most unhealthy population of people I think this planet has ever seen in our entire existence.

The food industry has done a great job of convincing everyone that fat will kill you. Very effective food advertisements have saturated our collective conscience and is backed up at the fat free foods we see at the grocery stores.

Not surprisingly, these fat free and reduced fat products fly off the shelves, provide excellent profits to food companies and have resulted in the most unhealthy population of people I think this planet has ever seen in our entire existence.

Cancer, obesity, stroke, mental and psychological deficiencies, heart disease and many others are the result. Worse, these afflictions are the norm in our society today.

Clearly, this fat free lifestyle isn't working.

A high carbohydrate diet combined with high fat diet is a deadly combination. This isn't because of the fat, it's because of the carbohydrate.

When carbs elevate insulin levels, they alter the type of LDL cholesterol to one that is small, dense and sticky to the walls of our arteries. When they stick to the arteries, the immune system attacks it as a foreign invader and inflammation ensues. This can lead to cardiovascular disease.

The premise is that fats can't be looked at in isolation and must be considered inside the context of overall diet. Fat is only one component.

How Fat Free Revolution Started

Food companies, in concert with the medical industry, have worked together to teach us that fat will clog up our arteries and put us in the grave fast. It's intensely advertised everywhere and from so many different "credible" sources resulting in a collective belief of the people is that fat free or low fat equals healthy.

This diet shift has moved us down a path of low fat, high carbohydrate diets dominated by wheat products.

Both the food, medical and pharmaceutical industries have made a lot of money with this approach. Ruin your health with fat free, high carbohydrate foods, then provide the drugs to try and fix the health problems it causes. It's a match made in heaven.

It all started in the 1950's. Long story short, a prominent Dr. Ancel Benjamin Keys declared that saturated fat and other animal-based fats were the cause of heart disease when performing a "Seven Countries Study". He concluded that the countries that ate less fats had better health. This ultimately led to a hypothesis that a low fat diet would be the holy grail to reducing heart attacks.

Of course, the other side of the story is that there are many countries with very low incidence of heart attacks and disease with high levels of saturated fat intake as well. This data was thrown out.

So fat isn't the whole story and there is another component at play here.

See, a high carbohydrate diet combined with high fat and saturated fat is a deadly combination. This isn't because of the fat, it's because of the carbohydrate. When carbs elevate insulin levels, they alter the type of LDL cholesterol to one that is small, dense and sticky to the walls of our arteries. When they stick to the arteries, the immune system attacks it as a foreign invader and inflammation ensues. This can lead to cardiovascular disease.

Don't blame the fat, blame the carbohydrates, especially from wheat, and the elevated insulin they cause.

Of course today, with all the low fat products flying off the shelves and heart attacks at an all-time high, this is clearly not the way to go.

At issue here is the fact that fat is not the only thing in our diet and there are many other factors at play when it comes to any disease. Particularly, the emergence of a high carbohydrate diet has a very negative influence on our health and leads more to weight gain and heart disease than fat alone.

Fat Free Propaganda

Behind the scenes, there are research studies paid for by the food industry that paint a positive light on their low fat products to sell them. Any evidence suggesting otherwise is quickly suppressed and discredited.

Further, paid talent, such as celebrities, advertise these same products as if that's all these people eat and that's the reason their lives are so amazing.

The subconscious message these advertisements send goes something like this: Well, geez, maybe if I eat the same foods, my life will be amazing too!! It may not be a conscious thought, but it is certainly subconscious and unquestioned by your intellect.

How Fat Free Foods Do Even More Harm

When you remove healthy fats from a product, it typically tastes terrible. No food company wants to have a low-revenue low profit product so they need to make these products taste better while making people believe that this is good for your health.

What can companies do to make a terrible tasting fat free product taste better? By utilizing hidden additives like high fructose corn syrup, monosodium glutamates (MSG) and others to improve the taste. None of these additives provide any nutritional benefit and create adverse outcomes for your vitality, health and strength.

Adding sugars, especially in the form of corn syrups or artificial sweeteners, only adds to the problem of weight gain and the side effects they cause are hard to pinpoint their origin.

The source of many health problems are, therefore, hidden in plain sight.

Having said all this, there are healthy fats and bad fats. And fats eaten in combination of a high carbohydrate diet is bad as well. This is the basis of the missing information that adds to confusion about healthy fats and we'll get to that.

In the end, we're not stupid. It's just that good information about healthy fats has been kept in the dark and finding good information on it is hard and time consuming. Probably by design.