There are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about food, here are a couple of things that might surprise you.
Saturated fats are not bad for you
- Saturated fats are essential for human health
- They help with growth and repair and deliver fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E and K) around your body
- Most importantly they make foods taste good!
High cholesterol does not mean you are at high risk of Coronary Heart Disease
- Cholesterol is regulated by your body and the food you eat has very little impact on total levels
- Cholesterol is vital for our cells, for hormone production and for improving our mind and memory functions.
So what should I eat?
The simple answer is eat locally produced, fresh food. Stay away from processed foods, especially refined carbohydrates.
The best bit of food advice I know of comes from Michael Pollan – if you go to a supermarket then shop around the edges (i.e. stay near fresh dairy, meat, fish, fruit and veg) and away from the middle aisles packed with fake foods like cakes, biscuits and ready meals.
Here is an excellent quote from Zoë Harcombe’s book The Obesity Epidemic regarding our infatuation with processed foods, namely sugar.
“If we have been eating real food for 24 hours, agriculture gave us large scale access to carbohydrates four minutes ago and sugar consumption has increased twenty fold in the past five seconds. I wonder which food is more likely to be responsible for the obesity epidemic or any modern disease…”