Are you getting enough fat in your diet? This may seem like an improbable question to most people and, indeed, after decades of being told by the FDA, the medical establishment and the media that fat is “bad” for us, it seems highly improbable that anyone would ask such a question. However, I ask you, nevertheless, and I believe I can supply the answer, as well: no.

For decades, we have been told that dietary fat – which was common to everyone’s diet for prior centuries, with no ill effects that we are aware of – is somehow the culprit in causing obesity and heart disease. Yet, as I shall show you, this is not only untrue, it is an outright lie, designed to deliberately create a population of obese sick people to sell drugs and medical services to, and that the medical establishment, the pharmaceuticals industry and the processed foods industry have all joined forces to promote, perpetuate and to profit immensely from this. They have, as their goal, not only the creation of a society of sick people, but actually seek to grow and expand that population of sick people, as these people are their bread and butter. Without a large population of people eating the foods that make them fat and sick, without a large population of people then seeking medical treatment for their various illnesses, without a large population of people buying various prescription drugs to “treat” their diseases, these three industries would go broke. The media aids this conspiracy – and it is a conspiracy – by creating and disseminating the propaganda necessary to convince us all, for decades, to eat a low fat diet and fat-free foods and to “just ask your doctor” for prescription drugs to treat the results of such a diet.

We all have a great deal of brainwashing to undo, regarding the role of fat in our diet. Contrary to the prevailing view that fat is “bad” for you, it is not only beneficial, but vital to your survival – and it does not cause atherosclerosis and heart disease, nor is it a causal factor in the development of cancer. In fact, fat actually protects your body from these conditions.

But, the main point I want to make is that the epidemic of obesity in our society is not caused by fat in our diet, but by the lack of fat in our diet. It is the introduction and widespread promotion of the low-fat diet and fat-free foods that have lead directly to the rise of obesity. How? First, you need to understand how your body works.

The body stores calories – from any type of food – as fat in order to build up a reserve energy source in the event of “famine.” If you are not supplying enough fat – or no fat at all – to your body, then it will be prompted to store more of what you eat as fat. Thus, the low-fat diet – and, in particular, fat-free foods, which are also laden with sugar – actually prompt more fat storage, not less. The result of eating a low-fat diet, then, is obesity. In contrast, if you are supplying your body with adequate dietary fat, your body will not feel the need to store as much fat. Thus, eating a high-fat diet has two effects: first, it supplies the body with enough fat to keep it from storing fat, and secondly, it satisfies your appetite more readily, thus keeping you from overeating.

If you have been eating a low fat diet and then change to a high fat diet, you will lose body fat as a result because your body will then store less fat, giving it an opportunity to burn off what it has stored.

Another myth that has been perpetrated upon us is that there is “good” fat and “bad” fat. The fact is that the so-called “bad” fat; i. e., saturated fat, is actually better for you than mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats – and is certainly better than trans-fats. Why? Because, again, it better satisfies your body’s need for fat and less of it is required to do so.

For more information on the myths and lies we’ve been told about fat, see the following:

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0675/is_n3_v15/ai_19408662

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNOFSpVx8Ts

http://www.thestar.com/article/243632

http://stronglifts.com/4-common-fat-myths-you-believe-in/

http://www.beinghealthynaturally.com/eatinghealthy/healthy6.htm

http://www.fitnessandfreebies.com/fitness/fat.html

http://trusted.md/blog/vreni_gurd/2007/04/06/saturated_fat_the_misunderstood_nutrient

http://www.preventionisbest.com/site/saturatedfat.html

http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Fat-Look-Thin-Permanently/dp/0941599620/ref=pd_bbs_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1204414255&sr=8-4

http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Fat-Lose-Delicious-Science-based/dp/1594630054/ref=sr_1_33?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1204414848&sr=8-33