The obsession, almost a paranoia, about avoidance of dietary fat, especially the saturated variety, was never based on a scientific consensus. It drives me mad to hear people caught in this web of misdirection.
I started a high fat diet 3 years ago to counter the yo-yo effects of hypoglycaemia on my moods, thinking, and irritability levels. I can now go 5 or 6 hours between meals, whereas before it was 1 to 3 hours between meals or snacks. This stability of blood-sugar levels alone is justification for me to maintain the diet. But it also feels natural, and meals rarely distend my stomach as they are smaller in volume.
But a more visible benefit is there to see … and feel. After decades of dry skin, it very swiftly became smooth after the dietary change. Now, most areas of my skin, even where exposed to regular sunlight, are silky smooth and elastic, and becoming more so each month, it seems. I cannot ever remember my skin feeling this good.
Those who indoctrinate us rarely talk about such effects. Skin specialists talk about ex-foliating dead skin cells, as if dealing with a problem too late is ever going to have a long term effect. Fat – and especially saturated fat – is a vital component of skin cells, along with many other sites in the body (where the dreaded cholesterol is also vitally important).
But the emphatic, ever-repeated message that fat leads to the furring of arteries reminds me of political spin – one unfounded aspect of a matter is give the spotlight, taking attention away from other very important matters. I would love to see the skin of someone who eats a low fat diet for a few years, and to compare to mine.
And if you think that skin is not so important, you are marginalising the largest organ in the body in am afraid.