In previous newsletters, we have seen how it is very important to eliminate polyunsaturated fatty acids from your diet.
One way to do that is by keeping fats in your diet very, very low. This study shows how you can do that and eliminate harmful polyunsaturated fatty acids. It also shows some of the benefits of a high-carb low-fat diet.
People who embark on a high-carb diet – often people who are following some of our protocols – can find themselves worrying that the sugar and starch will turn into fat in their bodies.
This study attempted to answer the question as to how fat is made in the body of someone who eats a high-carb high-sugar diet.
Recall that there are several types of fat. There are fully-saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and unsaturated fats.
It used to be thought that certain unsaturated fats were “essential”, although I believe that this study and many others demonstrate that they are not essential.
In fact, if you eat a high-carb or high-sugar diet your body can make its own fats – which scientists call fatty acids – even if you do not eat fat.
There may still be reasons to get some fat in your diet, such as improved digestion and better-tasting food. But it’s isn’t essential to eat fat, because your body will make as much as it needs.
This study compared two groups of volunteers. Group one ate 10% fat, and the rest of their diet was sugar and a bit of protein. Group two ate 40% fat, with sugar and a bit of protein making up the rest of their diet.
What happened to the people in the low-fat group is basically this:
Within 10 days their body was making its own saturated fat plus a small amount of its own unsaturated fat.
So the participants consuming the high-carb low-fat diet produced their own fats in the proportions needed.
What’s even more interesting is that they were able to eliminate the polyunsaturated fatty acids that are so harmful. Probably by burning them off as energy.
Now, this is what the researchers found for the people in the high-fat group:
selective fatty acid metabolism was not apparent on the high-fat diet, as indicated by the similar fatty acid compositions of the triglycerides and fat tissue
Here is what that means: When you consume dietary fat, it is not transformed. It can only be burned off or stored in your cells. If it is stored in your cells, you are storing the same kind of fat that you ate.
As I like to say, the fat you eat is the fat you wear.
However, if you eat a very high-carb low-fat diet, your body makes its own fats as it requires. And these fats are different. These fats are much lower in polyunsaturated fatty acids. And they are probably much healthier for you. Otherwise, your body would not be making them in the proportions that it is.
The results of this study show that you do not need a high-fat diet, that you can make your own fat, and that the fat you make can actually be safer than the fat you eat.