Obesity

Fats Don’t Make You Fat, Sugars Do!

There is a constant war between sugar and fat. The two components competing with each other to decide which contributes most towards obesity!

While generally speaking, you would possibly have an idea which food item is the contributor and which isn’t. A lot of fried foods can increase your chances of weight gain. Bagels with heavy cream do not paint a fortunate picture either.

However, there is some underlying story to the aforementioned discussion. Scientists are now in the process of finding what happens inside the body when fat or sugars are consumed.

The problem essentially is that the two nutrients are normally taken together. Simply consider the example of doughnuts. The dough filled with sugar is then immersed into oil which makes the food a combination of fat and sugar.

However, courtesy new research findings there is an interesting proposition to consider. Now scientific evidence has suggested that fat, when taken alone do not contribute towards obesity. Yes, the main perpetrator is, in fact, large amounts of sugar which can cause bodily complications.

The news might come as surprising for some people. If you did exclude food items like avocados or salmon because they were known to be fattening, it is time to bring them back!

Fats and weight gain? What is the truth

If this doesn’t sound convincing enough then here out to what dieticians have to say. According to them, they have observed a number of people who planned on losing weight. Most will tend to cut down on fat yet with no positive results yielded whatsoever. Reducing the intake firstly does not aid in the weight loss process. At the same time, there may also be no other external benefit of doing so, for example, no decreased risk of heart disease etc.

On the other hand, when people try to replace fats with refined carbohydrates, they may be putting on extra weight. This has been confirmed by a study published in The Lancet Journal. By analyzing the data of about 135,000 people, the findings revealed that people low on fat diet were more prone to cardiovascular diseases.

One other point to consider is of low-fat products. Generally, companies will try to replace the fat content with carbohydrates like sugar. Well, that is certainly a problem since sugar contributes the most towards obesity and weight gain. The gist being that fat is an important nutrient that is needed by the body unlike an excessive amount of sugar.

Conclusion

Yet, what you should still keep in mind is that moderation is the key. Balancing out the intake of nutrients is what will yield positive benefits for your body. No one nutrient should be taken in a greater amount at the expense of the other. Knowing how much of what you need is pertinent so you can keep a meaningful check on your diet.

That being said, we know so far that fats themselves, when taken alone, do not contribute towards weight gain. When we say that, we generally mean unsaturated one like that present in walnut and fish. Supported by a number of studies, a moderate amount of unsaturated fat can lower the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Reference:

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)32252-3/fulltext

Samuel Mayer

Samuel has been part of Top Health Journal for quite a while now. He has immense interest in medicine and thoroughly enjoys writing about this theme. His philosophy is: write simple and short, always assuming your reader to be a layman who knows nothing about the topic. Twitter- @SamuelM54534849

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