This post was originally published on October 25, 2016 and updated on June 16, 2020.
MEDIA BUZZ: I love that the media is starting to debunk the misguided low-fat, no-fat craze of the last few decades. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to bust the fat-is-bad myth with online media company Brit + Co. It’s my goal to set the record straight about fats, so much so that I literally wrote a book on it!
I told Brit + Co writer Alison Zeidman that smart fats are those that have been empirically shown to have health benefits in humans. Good examples include fish oil (or fish), fat from avocados or nuts and Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil. These saturated fats have been wrongfully demonized over the past couple decades, so it was gratifying to help this media outlet turn that myth on its head.
Brit + Co also gave the opportunity to talk about my favorite sources of healthy fats. I specifically used Malaysian palm oil as an example. This red oil gets its beautiful color from a high concentration of carotenoids, which are powerful antioxidants. It’s also loaded with tocotrienols, which are neuro-protective.
I also told Zeidman that the other reason I prefer Malaysian palm oil is because it is certified sustainable. That means no animal habitats are destroyed in the making of this nutritious oil. Zeidman was so intrigued by what Malaysian palm oil had to offer that she immediately wanted to know how to get it into her everyday diet!
Not only is the media helping to end the low-fat/non-fat fad, but they are actively asking questions on how to incorporate healthier and smarter fats into their diets. As a board certified nutritionist, that makes me excited for the future of nutrition.
Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, also known as “The Nutrition Myth Buster” ™ is a nationally known board-certified nutritionist and expert on diet and weight loss. He is the best-selling author of 15 books including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Living Low Carb (now in its fourth edition), and is the co-author, with cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, of the controversial best-seller, “The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease and the Statin-Free Plan that Will”. His latest book, Smart Fat: Eat More Fat, Lose More Weight, Get Healthy Now!– written with PBS star Steven Masley, MD— was published by Harper Collins in January 2016.