Fat – the misjudged nutrient
When it comes to media and advertising, it is commonly agreed upon that fat is simply bad. As a cure for weight problems, a low-fat, sometimes almost fat-free diet is recommended. Ultimately, culminating in the fact that wine gum, lollipops or other confectionery, which were previously considered as classic fattening, are now being touted as healthy just because they are fat-free. True to the motto “Fat makes you fat”, a large market for low-fat, so called “light” or “diet” products has emerged that should enable the consumer to live healthier and become leaner.
At the same time there is also a movement into the direct opposite direction. After the initial boom of the low-fat diet, it is slowly subsiding in the USA. However, in its place the low-carbohydrate or ketogenic diet has been discovered there instead. Although both, the low-fat and low-carb diets are different diet and nutrition strategies, they all have in common that a specific nutrient is considered the “enemy”. Low-fat diets consider fat their enemy, while low-carb diets consider carbohydrates as the enemy. In low-carb however, fat is seen in a positive light in contrast to the low-fat diet. Accordingly, such a diet consists largely of fats, while in return the carbohydrates are almost completely eliminated from the diet.
So if fat is vilified in one diet, it is seen as a friend in the other. Two extremes that lead to the question which of those two approaches is the right one. Maybe the truth is somewhere in between?
Although this question cannot (and should not) be clarified in the following article, I would like to point out in a simple way the most important points in order to clarify the dietary group of fats and their importance in the human metabolism.
Fundamentals of fat
Tasks of fat in the body
Digestion of fat
Fat along with carbohydrates? Better not…
Low-fat vs keto
Good & bad fats
Fat intake for the bodybuilder
Conclusion to fats