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Low Fat Recipes

Do you think relying on low fat recipes can reverse heart disease, cure cancer, prevent Alzheimer’s or help you lose weight?

If so, think again.

Research shows it is not the amount of fat, but rather the type of fat, that matters for our health and our waistlines.

The Dangers of Relying on Low Fat Recipes

In fact, relying on low fat recipes and eating a low fat diet can have a number of harmful health effects:

  • Eating Low Fat Can Hurt Your Heart:  Low fat diets have actually been shown to increase bad cholesterol and reduce good cholesterol1
  • Your Brain is 80% Fat: Eating low fat can lead to depression by impairing serotonin receptors2. Low fat diets can also impair memory.  That’s because a low fat diet causes a shortage of choline and serine that are used by the brain to manufacture memory-related neurotransmitters3,4,5
  • Fats are Metabolic Messengers:  Fats are building blocks for cell membranes, precursors for a variety of hormones and are required to absorb vital nutrients.
  • Healthy Fats Help Your Body Burn Fat:  The “good fats” like those in nuts, avocados, olive oil and fish influence your body’s fat-burning by turning on genes that stoke metabolism.
  • Healthy Fats Reduce Inflammation: Omega-3 fats (found primarily in cold water fish, as well as flaxseed, walnuts and chia) as well as monounsaturated fats (found in avocados, nuts, olive oil) help reduce inflammation in the body linked with heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and more.
  • Low Fat = High Carb: A diet that is low fat is typically high in carbohydrate. A high carb, high glycemic diet is linked with obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, memory impairment, fertility problems and more.
  • Fat is Satiating: Fat slows gastric emptying which helps to keep you feeling full longer.
  • Our Ancestors Consumed up to 50% Fat: Good fats are a vital component of the healthy diet required by our genes.

Low Fat Versus Good Fat

Healing Gourmet does not promote a low fat diet. That’s because healthy fats are absolutely essential to your well-being. We do realize, however, that a low fat diet is required for certain medical conditions and have created this Low Fat Recipes section with those people in mind.

All recipes in this section are:

  • LOW FAT: Contain less than 3 grams of fat per serving

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References:
1. Arteriosclerosis Thrombotic Vascular Biology March 2004;24(3):498-503
2. http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200304/the-risks-low-fat-diets
3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2027477
4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12637119
5. http://www.neurology.org/content/41/5/644.short

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