For various reasons, mostly the influence of the media, many people were mistaken to believe that fats, one of the main macro elements in human nutrition, are generally harmful to the health.
But people in the past, especially those living in the countryside, ate anything and everything and lived a very long life.
Let’s not go into the details of longevity (because there are many different factors for it), but let’s see part of the thoughts of Marc Hyman – the author of the cook “Eat fat, get thin” where he cites a lot of interesting facts in favor of fats as one of the main nutritional elements.
According to him, one of the main reasons for poor classification of fats and general confusion in the diet is the generalization of the effect of calories derived from different products, i.e. putting calories from different sources in the same basket.
Practically, people think that the only thing they need to care about is the number of calories, and not the source which they come from.
The simple question is – “Are 700 calories obtained from broccoli are the same as 700 calories from carbonated juice?”
Instead, Marc states that the source of the calories is much more important than the number of the calories. Fats are a great and a stable source of calories that have the ability to sate us for a long time, but also to speed up the work of the metabolism.
As one of the most important things about healthy eating, he states that it is more important to keep an eye on the quality and composition of meals that are consumed during the day than counting calories.
He says that during the day he is mostly reliant on healthy fats in his diet, eating nuts, seeds, fish, pure meat, eggs, olives, olive oil, butter, avocados, etc.
However, the bulk of his diet comes down to vegetables: broccoli, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes that make up the most, about 75% of the meal, and fats and proteins complement the rest and that way he obtains the necessary calories for the whole day.