The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a medical research agency that supports scientific studies to turn discovery into health, and a major discovery did they just make for your health!
A new study by the NIH has recently overturned several postulations that have been the pillars of a half-century of nutritional wisdom; namely, that fat is bad. Let me sum up the findings for you.
The study compared two groups of eaters over the course of a year: a low carb/high fat group vs. a high carb/low fat one. Conclusively, the former lost three times the weight of the latter and saw numerous additional health improvements.
The bottom line basically boiled down to insulin levels and burning body fat. But what the study emphasized is that the human body does not process carbs, fats, and proteins in the same way.
When eaten, carbs break down into blood sugar. Thus, the body responds with insulin, which can convert the sugar into fatty acids that are stored in body fat. When blood sugar decreases, the fatty acids are released by body fat to burn as fuel.
But heavy carbs will keep insulin too high to release the fatty acids, allowing sugar into fat cells and adding pounds. Meanwhile, dietary fats have no impact on blood sugar or insulin. For this reason, a low-carb diet will maintain insulin low enough to cause the body to burn fat.
Okay, low carbs…but why more fats, don’t they have more calories? Well, there is increasing evidence that our body is much more complicated than the simple mathematical model of “calories in/calories out.”
So according to the study, if you have to choose between a high carb diet and a high fat diet, contrary to popular thought, the high fat diet may just produce better results.