“The argument against fat was totally and completely flawed.”
— Dr. Robert Lustig, Institute for Responsible Nutrition.
It has taken 50 years and an obesity epidemic for our “governors” to reconsider their faulty (and sometimes fatal) advice to add carbs and eliminate fat from our diets. I’ve preached the error of our ways in this column for a long time, so I won’t reiterate those reasons here. Just remember that my grandparents and parents lived abnormally long and full lives on diets that included plenty of good fat and protein. If there is a problem with beef, pork or chicken at all, it has everything to do with the Omega acids getting out of balance from the forced and unnatural diet of caged and penned animals and not with the meat itself, a flaw you avoid when eating from JVF. Congratulations. And remember that when you think about trimming your budget by eliminating our good meats and going back to the cheap stuff in the meat counter, it’s cheap for a reason. You’re only saving money in the short run. The big costs will come later and it has the power of wiping out those savings exponentially. Not to mention what it does to your quality of life at a time when you are supposed to be enjoying your life accomplishments. Don’t be short-sighted.
What is as disturbing as obesity and its many related diseases are recent studies that correlate a lack of dietary fat with dementia and the A word, Alzheimer's. I am reading a neurologist’s book, Grain Brain, by Perlmutter, which follows the relationship of grains, sugar, and/or produce/fruits with mental dysfunctions. Bottom line according to Perlmutter: the higher your fat content, the lower your likelihood of a demented mental state. His analysis goes beyond correlative studies. He explains his belief by his knowledge of bio-chemistry and how essential fat is for a healthy, functioning brain.
So, should we eliminate carbs from our diet? Not at all. I’m not willing to give up my Blue Bell ice cream on Sunday afternoons either. But refined sugars and white carbs should be infrequently consumed. Stick to whole food carbs in moderation and be sure to include good fats and protein in an adequate amount. You’ll find it in your JVF cooler this weekend.