Categories: Nutrition2.5 min read

by Stephen Luther, M.D.


The All-American Diet – a Return to Our Grass Roots

Why Low Fat Results in Lower Health

Back in the day, American families enjoyed fresh meats and vegetables in nourishing, homemade meals. Processed foods, chips, and desserts were occasional treats, not dietary staples. Today’s misguided, low-fat grocery list results in a recipe for disaster because it is missing the ingredients that supply our heart and mind with essential, healthy fats.

We encourage you to see beyond the government’s version of healthy or heart-smart and make informed food choices. The influential food industry profits from confused American consumers as they push the United States Department of Agriculture to recommend a low-fat diet and allow trans-fat and partially hydrogenated fats. For years, foods have been artificially altered to become fat-free with an extended shelf life.

Low-fat diets often fill Americans with higher amounts of refined sugar, empty calories, and toxins, plus an increased risk for many diseases.

Health Declines without Fat, Debunking the Low-Fat Diet Myth

The elimination or reduction of fat over the past 40 years has not made Americans healthier; Age-related macular degeneration and obesity are increasing by approximately 11% per year. Without essential fats, our bodies may experience the following:

  • Decreased Cognitive Function: The brain is made up of fat and requires a steady supply of fatty acids for memory, concentration, and overall brain health.
  • Depression and Anxiety: The mood is controlled by higher brain function that requires fat.
  • Cell Structure and Function: Fatty acids comprise cell membranes and contribute to their structure and integrity, playing a crucial role in the nervous system and brain function.
  • Hormonal Imbalance: Insufficient fat can disrupt hormone production and regulation. Fat is necessary to synthesize steroid hormones, including estrogen and testosterone. These hormones affect reproduction, bone density, and mood stability.
  • Nutrient Deficiencies: Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K may not be adequately absorbed.
  • Increased Cancer Risk: Low fat is linked to colon, breast, and prostate cancers. Omega-3s may slow prostate tumor and cancer cell growth.
  • Compromised Heart Health: Healthy fats reduce inflammation, which is closely correlated with heart disease.
  • Higher Risk of Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, and Blood Sugar Imbalance: Fat helps slow down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, allowing a more gradual release of glucose into the bloodstream. Without adequate fat, blood sugar levels may spike and drop, leading to energy fluctuation and increased hunger.
  • Gut-Related Problems: A healthier microbiome (gut environment) requires essential fat and fiber.
    Reduced Protection and Insulation for Vital Organs: Adipose tissue or body fat helps absorb shock and maintain body temperature.

Ready to eat more fat? Before your next grocery trip, you are encouraged to learn more about the trans-fats, saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and monounsaturated fats listed on your food labels. Just check out our comprehensive guide to fats below and learn which fats you should include in your diet and which fats to avoid. You can also call 843.738.4800 and talk with Symbios Nutrition and make each bite of food the fuel that drives you to become your best.


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