I can’t believe the contrasting views and recent developments of late. There are so many renowned and prolific experts with different views. You would think that they would have it all figured out by now. Surely we live in an age where we can delve deep into the inner workings of our bodies, slow it down, dissect it piece by piece, and unravel the mysteries of our miraculous machines.
You wouldn’t be told off if someone said a piece of fat on a plump sirloin steak was bad for you. What do we do, eat or not eat? I have always been fond of fatty trimmings. Only to be scolded around the dinner table with a “You’re not going to eat that are you?”
Nowadays we’re told to eat good fat, stay away from bad fat, and that your wheat-based breakfast porridge is actually not how you are supposed to get your day started. How do we actually trust these brands; they have sold the idea of balanced diets and healthy breakfast porridge for as long as we can remember. All we see on commercials are 5-a-day this and 5-a-day that!
During my investigations I came across this Harvard Medical School website, which provided valuable insights into the different types of fat that are found in food and also explains terms like Trans Fats, Saturated Fats, Monounsaturated Fats, and Polyunsaturated Fats.
I think the word Fat cannot be said anymore without mentioning Professor Tim Noakes in the same sentence. He has some good reads out there and I quite fancy his book, The Real Meal Revolution, which has some great healthy recipes even if you don’t Bant. Don’t be fooled thinking that the recipes in this book are strictly meat-based, because they’re not! You would be surprised by just how much healthy vegetables form part of a Banting diet. That’s the point of it – to cut out carbohydrates like pasta, rice, potatoes, and wheat products and replace them with zucchini strips, cauliflower, and other scrumptious veggies.
Whichever path you take, read up on your diet, inform yourself, and more importantly; listen to your body. Who’s to say that another Tim Noakes-type diet guru won’t rise up and defy the HFLC (high fat, low carb) diet and blame it on a recession exercise to save the wheat fields of the West – I’m just saying. But remember to always exercise, keep moving, set goals, and never give up!