I remember a time when everyone (government, doctors, etc) knew for absolute certain that dietary fat was dangerous for our collective health.
Dietary fat was blamed for every chronic health issue at the time – obesity, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, everything.
It made sense. If you eat fat (in foods), then that will obviously turn into fat on your body.
And get this – there was even research to back this up!
So, in the name of “public health” the government (with help from the media) systematically convinced us that ALL dietary fat was “dangerous”.
And anyone who thought otherwise was ridiculed and made to look “uneducated”. Even if they had evidence to back up their claims.
A breakfast of eggs, bacon and avocado would LITERALLY kill you dead, they told us.
Enter, the low-fat craze.
There were commercials for it. The Canada Food Guide illustrated it and taught it to us as kids.
As long as it was “low-fat” it was good for you.
That’s what we were told anyways.
By taking dietary fats out of our diets, all of our health issues were going to disappear…
Except we now know, 30 years later, that it was mostly bullshit.
Bad science funded by corporations with other agendas and a lot of financial backing to lobby government officials.
I’m not saying “government is bad” or that there’s some big conspiracy going on.
All I’m saying is that sometimes it’s a good idea to question wide sweeping recommendations. It’s a good idea to do your own research. Especially when it comes to your health.
No matter what anyone tells you, YOU are 100% responsible for YOUR own health.
Not the government.
Not your neighbour.
Not your Aunt Karen.
Not even your doctor.
YOU are responsible for YOUR health.
And if you ask me, that’s pretty damn empowering.