Fat does it make you fat?
Over the last few years, there have been many misconceptions about eating fat. For example that it is very bad for your heart or that it will make you fat. These statements have all been debunked by science.
Does eating fat make you fat?
This is probably the biggest misconception about fat that is out there. Although it has become common knowledge that this is not the case, there are still people that believe this.
This myth is however been debunked multiple times by research.
So the fat you eat does not immediately transform into body fat. Gaining body fat only happens when you consume more calories than your body burns for a long time.
Calories that you take in that come from fat sources are no different than from protein or carbs. However, one gram of fat contains 9 calories and protein and carbs only 4. Because of this, you can consume less fat for the same amount of calories.
But because the high calories fat makes you feel more satiated for longer, which means you won’t cheat on your diet as easy.
This feeling of longer satiating does not occur when your fat calories come from highly processed junk food. These foods are made to make you addicted to them so you will want more and more and more and… Well, you get the idea.
Bad for your heart
The other popular myth about fat is that it is bad for your heart. Especially saturated fat would be bad for your heart and increase cholesterol.
So is it bad for you? No, a lot of people believe this and it has become a mainstream thought that this is the case. But studies over the last few years have shown that saturated fat is completely harmless. (1)
But the body can make it so it is not essential to take in. It is better to focus on taking in unsaturated fats. These are not able to be made by the body.
Another study found that there is no association between the consumption of saturated fat and the risk of heart diseases. (2)
Good for you
After all this ‘fat is bad for you’ mainstream thoughts, it is kinda hard for people to believe that fat can be healthy and even vital for your body. Since the seventies, a lot of governments have praised high-carb and low-fat diets.
This is not always the best way to go. You need the essential fatty acids for growing development and cell function.
Another reason we really need our fat is to have a properly functioning brain. Fat is part of a fatty material what is wrapped around our nerve cells so that nerves can send messages. Our brain is made up of large amounts of essential fats.
There are many other benefits of consuming the right fats, almost too many to list. I will write a more detailed post about this later.