Red meat, eggs, full cream dairy_ we need to stop demonising fats

If nutritionist Christine Cronau, author of Bring Back the Fat, had her way, each one of us would start the day with lamb chops, eggs and toast laden with butter. Egg and avocado recipes for breakfast In fact, it’s this diet to which Cronau attributes her 25kg weight loss. Poached egg and avocado on toast Not to mention the reversal of myriad health conditions such as chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, insulin resistance and hypoglycaemia – conditions she maintains were the result of eating a “healthy” diet.

“I’m a key example of how the low-fat era has been disastrous for our health,” she says. Avocado and egg hair treatment “It was only once we got rid of saturated fats in our diet that we started eating more of the foods that are actually harming us, such as excess sugar and carbohydrates, and this is what has made our health issues worsen.”

Cronau’s convictions might be a world away from the official government party line that eating a diet rich in saturated fats pose serious health risks, such as high cholesterol and an increased incidence of heart disease and stroke. Avocado and egg sandwich recipes However, Cronau is just one of a rising number of nutritionists and researchers who believe that we might have gotten things very, very wrong. Avocado and egg breakfast recipes NEW VIEWS

According to the Australian Dietary Guidelines, saturated fats are still something to be limited. Avocado egg yolk honey hair mask Current recommendations suggest we replace butter and cream with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, such as oils, spreads and nuts for better health. Baked avocado with egg in the middle But a recent spate of studies challenge the notion that a diet rich in polyunsaturated fats is indeed better for us.

Dr Christopher Ramsden from the US National Institute of Health recently analysed two decades-old studies. Avocado and egg sandwich healthy The first was the Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968 to 1973), which showed that while patients on the polyunsaturated fat diet had significant drops in cholesterol, they were at higher risk of death, due to the negative effects of the vegetable oil used. Salad with avocado and egg The second was The Sydney Diet Study, conducted in the 1960s by the University of NSW. Avocado and egg calories Males who replaced saturated fats in their diet again lowered their cholesterol, but were more likely to die from a heart attack than those who ate more saturated fat.

Add to this the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which found that a low-fat diet showed the sharpest drop in energy expenditure and increased insulin resistance (a known precursor to diabetes) compared with a low GI or low-carb diet. Egg in avocado recipe pinterest And lastly, there’s the staggering increases in obesity, even though we’re more enthusiastic about low-fat products than ever before (63.4 per cent of our population – compared with 56.3 per cent back in 1995 – is now overweight or obese). Egg and avocado toast So what’s going on? WEIRD SCIENCE

UK cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra says we’re suffering the impacts of the flawed Seven Countries Study. Egg and avocado for breakfast When published in 1970, it appeared to show a correlation between saturated fat intake and heart disease among close to 13,000 men in seven countries. Avocado deviled eggs recipe paleo The biggest problem? The authors left out the data from the remaining 15 countries they had profiled – nations whose populations followed diets with high levels of saturated fats and had little heart disease. Avocado and egg salad recipe This has led many medical experts to call both the study and the consistent dietary advice which has since followed “one of the greatest medical errors of our time”.

The results have been devastating, Malhotra says. Avocado and egg microwave “In addition to dairy foods being an excellent source of nutrition and a source of energy, there’s a strong association that full-fat dairy protects against type 2 diabetes and heart disease,” he says. Avocado and egg hair mask “[Removing saturated fats] has resulted in an increase in the consumption of refined carbohydrates and industrial vegetable oils which are strongly linked to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and dementia.”

Cronau agrees, explaining that women who “often try to do the right thing” are hit harder than men. Avocado and egg diet For your body to function well, it requires a certain amount of fat to help build cell function, improve immunity and encourage effective liver function, she says. Poached egg and avocado So is it time to bring back the fat?

Before you load up with sausages and cakes, it’s worth noting that the number-one rule to enjoy the health benefits of fat is to only ingest quality, natural fats. Baked avocado egg microwave “It’s about spending a little more on quality butter, coconut oil, steaks and salmon and avoiding foods that have been processed or marketed as ‘cholesterol-free’,” Cronau says.

Malhotra agrees, adding that while trans fats – such as those found in processed foods including biscuits, pastries and smallgoods – should be avoided, naturally occurring saturated fats are fine for heart health. Avocado and egg breakfast ideas “We can all eat non-processed meat two to three times per week with no problems, and full-fat cheese and yoghurt to our heart’s content.”

These are found in oily fish such salmon and sardines, walnuts, Brazil nuts and seeds. Avocado and egg salad sandwich Health benefits include reduced blood pressure and a reduction in the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Like polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats work to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Avocado and egg treatment for the hair They can be found in olive oil, avocado and nuts, particularly almonds.

A by-product of turning healthy oils into solids, these are linked to high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes. Avocado egg and olive oil hair mask Often found in cakes and biscuits.