The Low-Fat Diet Myth: Why Google Searches Say Otherwise

The Low-Fat Diet Myth: Why Google Searches Say Otherwise
The Low-Fat Diet Myth: Why Google Searches Say Otherwise

The diet world has changed quite a bit over the past few years, and not necessarily in a good way. If you Google the low-fat diet and click on the Images tab, you’ll see what I mean. First of all, if you type in low-fat diet and click. In any of the top three search results, you will see pictures of cookies, cakes, and pies.

A Look At Historical Trends

It’s easy to understand why people might think low fat is a good idea. After all, if you were looking at two foods that were equally satisfying and high in calories. Wouldn’t you choose low fat over high fat? But when we look at what people are actually searching for, they want fast food–not diet fast food. In fact, searches for diet fast food trend down while searches for fast food trend up.

 For example, consider these two Google searches: McDonald’s and McDonald’s diet. While there were fewer than 100 searches a month for McDonald’s diet in 2004, there are now more than 10,000. On the other hand, if you looked at how often people searched for low-fat versions of McDonald’s menu items such as low-fat McNuggets. You would see that interest in that dropped by more than half since 2004. People want their fast food – just without all of those high calories.

How Do You Decide Which Type Of Fat Is Best?

So which type of fat is best for your cholesterol? There’s no cut-and-dry answer. We all have different genes, genetic predispositions, and gut flora. Some people might be able to consume saturated fats with little or no effect on their blood cholesterol levels. Others, who happen to have higher risks of heart disease, need to watch what they eat more carefully.

 When it comes to fat, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are considered healthier. Saturated fats should be consumed in moderation as they tend to raise total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Triglycerides also increase on a high saturated fat diet. If you have high cholesterol or diabetes. You should stick to a low saturated fat diet and limit your consumption of red meat and dairy products. Avoid trans fats altogether – they are found in processed foods that contain hydrogenated oils, like margarine and ready meals.

Choose Healthy Fats Over Unhealthy Fats

The fats we choose to eat are very important to a healthy diet. Choose fats that provide us with essential fatty acids, like omega-3 and monounsaturated fat. Avoid unhealthy fats such as saturated. Trans fat increases our risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity. Instead of choosing French fries or nachos for your side dish at lunch. Choose avocado or nuts—two great sources of healthy fats.

 There are four main types of fats – saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and trans fat. Saturated fat is found in meat and high-fat dairy products like cheese and butter. Monounsaturated fats are found in oils such as olive oil and avocados, as well as foods like nuts and seeds. Polyunsaturated fat is found in many fish—salmon, mackerel, and sardines—as well as other nuts, seeds, soybeans, and avocados. Trans fats are processed or artificially created by food manufacturers to give a specific texture or taste to foods that can’t be done with naturally occurring oils like cottonseed oil or sunflower oil. Trans fats raise bad cholesterol levels while lowering good cholesterol levels in your body.

Saturated And Trans Fats Are Bad, While Monounsaturated And Polyunsaturated Are Better

There’s no denying that saturated and trans fats are unhealthy for your heart. It’s time to be a little more lenient on polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Studies show that polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat consumption reduces. The risk of death from heart disease by 35% in people with heart disease. Whereas reducing saturated fat intake lowers the risk of death from coronary artery disease by 15%. Trans fats proven to be especially dangerous. Raising your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels while lowering your HDL (good) cholesterol levels. In fact, if you follow a diet low in trans fats for four years or longer. You could reduce your risk of coronary artery disease by as much as 25%.


 Saturated and trans fats known bad fats because raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels while lowering your HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Bad fats linked to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and a number of other chronic conditions. Your body is better off when you consume less saturated and trans fat on a daily basis.

Avoid Processed Foods As Much As Possible (They Often Contain Hidden Sugar)

When people want to eat healthier, their first instinct is to reach for low-fat and fat-free foods, but that may not be a good idea. In fact, a lot of low-fat items can be high in sugar or carbs. If you are trying to lose weight with your heart healthy, it’s best to avoid processed food as much as possible. This means avoiding anything that comes in a box or bag.

 Research shows that many people have a difficult time losing weight. That said, there are steps you can take to make your weight loss journey a little bit easier. If you’re having trouble staying motivated with your current diet plan, then consider switching things up with a low-fat diet. By sticking to fresh foods and healthy ingredients, you should have no problem losing weight without feeling deprived.

What About Grains? (And Whole Grains?!)

Google searches don’t lie. They may not always be accurate, but they speak volumes about what Americans worried about and what they want to know more about. So, looking at overall health trends across time can be a helpful way to understand important shifts in American (and global) culture. And when it comes to grains (particularly whole grains), folks seem worried that consuming too many could raise cholesterol levels or cause inflammation and weight gain.

 You might have heard recently that eating too much fat is unhealthy. But fat is an essential part of a healthy diet, providing key nutrients like vitamin A, D, E, and K, as well as omega-3 fatty acids and a variety of other important phytonutrients. So how much fat should you eat? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends adults get 20 to 35 percent of their calories from fats; amounts above that can lead to excess calorie intake or nutrient deficiencies if you’re not getting enough of other nutrients in your diet.

Take-Aways For Your Health And Diet Plan

While low-fat dieting may have worked for a lot of people during its heyday in the ’80s and ’90s, recent studies suggest that it isn’t as effective as previously thought. In fact, according to recent research, following a low-fat diet is counterproductive when it comes to weight loss—but not because it’s high in fat.

 According to research published in JAMA, low-fat diets don’t work because they’re low in fat. Instead, they don’t work because they promote overeating. For example, when people cut fat from their diet but keep their calorie intake constant, cravings kick in and they end up eating more food as a result.

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