Saturday, August 25, 2007
Fat is Good
Nanny has been shrilly telling the nation of the dangers of fat in our diet. She has been going on about this for so long, that a large percentage of the population has become somewhat obsessive over what they eat.
Fair enough, so long as they keep their obsessions to themselves. Unfortunately they don't, these obsessives are inflicting their beliefs on their children.
Here comes the rub....
Dr John Kostyak, and a team from the Pennsylvania State University, warned in the online magazine Nutrition Journal that "muesli mothers" who are inflicting their low fat obsessions on their children are in fact damaging their childrens' health.
The study noted that children burn considerably more body fat than adults, relative to the amount of energy that they use. The obsessive parents who eliminate good fats, such as olive oil and sunflower oil, are putting their child's natural development in jeopardy.
"Sufficient fat must be included in the diet for children to support normal growth and development."
Rachel Cooke, a spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association, says that a healthy diet should consist of about 30% fats, mainly unsaturated from plant sources, and that getting less "might mean that children miss out on vital nutrients, essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E that are vital for good health".
Remember folks, the body is like a car engine. Engines need oil to lubricate the working parts, so does the body; fat is a great lubricant, it ensures that the blood flows freely through the veins.