Controversial Report Suggests Eating More Fat is Healthy

If you're looking for a new way of eating, a new diet, or some justification to load up on high-fat foods like butter, cream, cheese, and other fatty foods, help is on the way.

It might seem counter-intuitive to the low-fat diet advice you're heard for years. But a new report published by the National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration, suggests that low-fat dietary guidelines recommended for years are all wrong.

In fact, the controversial report specifically states that eating whole foods high in fat like eggs, nuts and seeds, fish, meat, eggs, avocados, and olives, may actually help prevent obesity. And they may be right. While these food sources contain saturated fat, they also contain healthy fats, that can help prevent obesity and support heart health.

Health experts who authored the report hope to change dietary guidelines, food labeling, and long-held beliefs about the importance of tracking macronutrients like carbs, fats, proteins, and sugars.

However, on a larger scale, it's unlikely that this report will change the opinion of the public health community. The American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fats, typically found in meats and animal products, to no more than 7 percent of daily calories. The majority of fats (25 to 35 percent of daily calories) should come from healthy fats, also known as monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats. And you should avoid processed foods that contain artery-clogging trans fats.

Conflicting dietary advice can be frustrating and difficult to digest. But it doesn't have to be. For most people, eating a balanced diet that mainly includes whole foods will improve your health, prevent disease, and help you live longer. And if you have special dietary needs, such as following a Low-Carb Diet, we can help. Just check out the selection of Low-Carb Meals, all made from fresh ingredients.