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Are Low-Fat Products Bad for Fertility, Pregnancy, Children?

Posted Oct 25 2011 12:00am
I am really interested in "catch phrases" and their effects.  For example, saying "The benefits of breastfeeding include...(insert whatever superpower you want your child to embody)" implies that breastfeeding is not the norm of society, but if you do it you will reap certain benefits. When in fact, breastfeeding should be the accepted normal way of feeding infants/toddlers.  

Other examples: "artery-clogging saturated fat," "healthy low-fat recipes," "heart-healthy." All of these imply that saturated fat is unhealthy.  And many women, pregnant women, and moms avoid them like the plague, and make their children do the same, all the while partaking in carbohydrate-laden juices and snack foods.

Do you know that these phrases are simply not proven to be true? (Sources below)
Do you know that fruits, vegetables, oats and barley, beans and legumes, natural fats, other food-based phytonutrients, and stress reduction are more powerful at keeping your heart and your whole body pumping?
Do you know that excess carbohydrates is more likely to give you heart disease, diabetes, gestational diabetes, and make it super easy to gain weight?
Do you know that on it's own, non-fat yogurt with added carbohydrates (fruit-flavored) is worse for you than whole milk non flavored yogurt with added real fruit? Besides for the fact that the non-fat version will keep you satisfied for about, oh, a half an hour.

Probably not, because then how would food manufacturers sell you their fat-reduced, carbohydrate heavy products? Food products with health claims sell more! So much more, that manufacturers make up their own symbols, like the hearty healthy symbol found on orange juice.  I can think of many greater health inducing foods than orange juice.

Most people who visit our house are shocked to find out we only have whole milk and whole yogurt (no flavors!) in the house.  The reason for that is two-fold:

2. We don't drink that much milk.  We limit our dairy intake to no more than 2-3 servings per day.  Notice, I did not say at least. And if you eat calcium containing vegetables, you may be able to forgo dairy altogether. That leaves room for all the other healthy food we should be eating (lentils, beans, greens, peppers, broccoli, onions, garlic...).  That means if my son had yogurt and cheese in school for snacks/lunch, I will only serve milk ONCE at home if that.. And if we are having dairy in our main course, I'll serve water or flavored seltzer.  

Spend some time with these related articles on low-fat products or food-based natural fat, and be prepared to change the way you think about fat:

Low fat yogurt intake during pregnancy may heighten child allergy risk
(Presented at the European Respiratory Society poster session)

Fat, Carbs, and the Science of Conception

Low-fat dairy doesn't help kids drop pounds

Awesome article about the awesomeness of coconut oil

David Katz, MD on "Eggsoniration "

Cod liver oil may lower respiratory tract infections in children during winter and early spring
More on saturated fat and heart disease:

Expert Panel Perspective (Article) Is saturated Fat the Bogeyman (Article) (Journal Source 1) (Journal Source 2)
And kudos to the ADA for hosting the Great Fat Debate at their 2010 conference. Also discussed in the post mentioned above ( here it is again! ). For those who have access to these articles:
The Great Fat Debate: A Closer Look at the Controversy- Questioning theValidity of Age-Old Dietary Guidance
The Great Fat Debate by Walter Willet, MD: Total Fat and Health

The Great Fat Debate: Reducing Cholesterol

The Great Fat Debate: Taking the Focus Off of Saturated Fat

The Great Fat Debate: The Importance of Message Translation

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