Today, Vox wrote a massive piece about everything you ever wanted to know about fat. They gave us the skinny on saturated fat, unsaturated fat, trans fat, told the history of the low-fat diet craze, and -- most importantly -- gave us the science behind fat and how it affects your body.
One particular piece of the story packed a huge punch for those riding the low-fat diet train: "Cutting your total fat intake seems to have no effect on weight loss or heart health." Surprising, right? Because, the general consensus has always been that eating less fat helps you lose fat. Not so much.
In a study published in The Lancet, groups of adults were given meals in which 30% or fewer of the total calories came from fat and the results were surprisingly insignificant. Researchers concluded that the "typical weight loss was about 7 pounds for all groups," which is an amount the researchers considered to be "quite insignificant since most of the dieters had many pounds to lose." Quite insignificant, eh?
It's all about eating the right kind of fat, rather than cutting all fat from your diet completely. Bottom line: saturated fat has "a small but potentially important reduction in cardiovascular risk," while unsaturated or polyunsaturated fat can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Vox ends it all with Michael Pollan's haiku: "Eat food, mostly plants, not too much." That's not a haiku, so here's one you can actually use: "Hollow out sausage, snort chocolate with sausage, die a happy man."
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Jeremy Glass is a writer for Thrillist and loves the way fat feels.