Health Risks of Eating a Low Fat Diet
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Health Risks of Eating a Low Fat Diet

Do you think that low-fat diet reduces the risk of getting heart disease or obesity? Usually the people who have some history of heart diseases, obesity or high cholesterol adopt the diet which is low fat/low cholesterol. Beside keeping our weight in control, low cholesterol or fat helps us stay healthy and disease free. But are there any side effects or risks involved in adopting low fat diet? Recent research shows that very low cholesterol levels may be just as unhealthy as very high the cholesterol levels. Our body actually needs some cholesterol to stay healthy. When we cut too much fat from our diets, we may eliminate the very element we need to absorb the nutrients and vitamins that keep us healthy. An interesting fact is that 'Eating foods that are high in cholesterol wonÂ’t usually raise your blood cholesterol level much. Most cholesterol is made within your body, in your liver. Your liver can produce all of the cholesterol your body needs so dietary cholesterol isnÂ’t an essential part of your diet. Your cholesterol levels are mainly influenced by the other fats that you eat.'

Do you think that low-fat diet reduces the risk of getting heart disease or obesity? Usually the people who have some history of heart diseases, obesity or high cholesterol adopt the diet which is low fat/low cholesterol. Beside keeping our weight in control, low cholesterol or fat helps us stay healthy and disease free. But are there any side effects or risks involved in adopting low fat diet?

Recent research shows that very low cholesterol levels may be just as unhealthy as very high the cholesterol levels.  Our body actually needs some cholesterol to stay healthy. When we cut too much fat from our diets, we may eliminate the very element we need to absorb the nutrients and vitamins that keep us healthy.

An interesting fact is that 'Eating foods that are high in cholesterol won’t usually raise your blood cholesterol level much. Most cholesterol is made within your body, in your liver. Your liver can produce all of the cholesterol your body needs so dietary cholesterol isn’t an essential part of your diet. Your cholesterol levels are mainly influenced by the otherfats that you eat.'

Health Risks of eating a low fat diet

1.) Depression: Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids play a vital role in regulating mood behavior. A diet low in fat can throw people into depression, bipolar disorders, and ADHA. Foods high in omega 3 fatty acids include fish, flex seed oil, leafy greens, and walnuts Foods high in omega 6 fatty acids include sunflower, safflower, corn, cottonseed, walnut and soybean oil.

2.) Poor Vitamin Absorption: Fat soluble vitamins including A, D, E, K depend on fats in one’s diet in order to be absorbed. Not getting enough fats in a diet will cause these essential vitamins to be quickly excreted without any benefit to the body leading to increased bleeding, decreased vision, poor skin, decreased bone density and teeth breakdown.

3.) Increased Risk of Cancer: The New York Times published a study showing that people increased their chances of cancer when on a low fat diet. One might think they are doing their body a favor by reducing their fat intake, but in the long run, they are going to be paying for it!

4.) Heart Disease: A decrease in fat intake causes the body to decrease in HDL (good cholesterol) which works to excrete and keep the level of LDL’s (bad cholesterol) down. This leads to high cholesterol and ultimately heart attacks, strokes, and other heart diseases

5.) Overeating; Low-Fat food products can be very sneaky! They like to play with our minds and tricks one into thinking they can eat more of it because it’s low fat. Studies show that people tend to eat more because they think they are eating “low-fat” when really these products have just as many calories, carbohydrates, and if not more sugar.

6.) Imbalanced Nutrition: When one goes down, one must come up. Decreasing fat intake forces people to compensate in other areas. People usually end up eating more carbohydrates while on a low-fat diet which has been proven to increase one’s appetite and chances of Type 2 diabetes.

Considering the health risks of not eating enough fat, it is definitely important to include enough in your diet daily. However, not all fats are created equal. Foods such as avocados, canola and olive oil, almonds, tuna, salmon and flaxseed are all excellent sources of healthy fats. High-fat meats and dairy products, trans fats (hydrogenated oils), and saturated fats should be limited.

Useful links and resources:

Low Cholesterol Increases Cancer and Death Risk

Why your body NEEDS fats

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Comments (8)

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Very interesting. Thanks for this important information regarding low-fat choices and risks.

Ive heard somewhere, that low fat foods are low in fats but are substituted with sugar/carbs making it quite harmful for diabetics alike

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