3 Game-Changer Nutrition Discoveries For 2016

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There are many ideas in the worlds of health, nutrition, and medical science which are considered sacrosanct. It’s taken for granted that they are true, and they inform the whole worldview of nutritionists and doctors alike.

But every so often, science unveils a new piece of evidence, and a long agreed-upon concept of health and nutrition gets upended overnight. 2016 was a momentous year in the fields of nutritional and health research, and led to discoveries that challenged many long-held beliefs. In this article, you’ll get a recap of some of the major discoveries and paradigm shifts regarding health, diet, and lifestyle. Here are the major changes inn health and nutrition:

 

1. Eating Fat is NOT Bad For You

For decades, it has been taken as gospel that one should not eat fat in any form if you want to remain thin. Don’t eat fat, you won’t get fat. It seems to make sense, right?

It turns out that this is a fundamentally flawed approach to nutrition. Fat is a lot more complicated than previously believed. Yes, some forms are terrible, but other types of fat are quite beneficial and necessary for good health. This was confirmed by a study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology medical journal. In this 5-year study funded by the Spanish government, nearly 7500 adults were divided into three groups: one eating a Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil, another eating the same diet supplemented with high-fat nuts, and the last eating a control diet.

The study found that the group eating the Mediterranean diet lost more weight and had a greater reduction in waist-size circumference than the control group. This was linked to the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids found in the extra-virgin olive oil and nuts. The Mediterranean diet, already considered one of the healthiest in the world, is rich in these good fats, and is highly recommended for people who want to lose weight but still eat well.

The fats that you want to avoid are trans fats and polyunsaturated fats, which are not naturally occurring and are found in common products like fast food and vegetable oils. Do what you can to eliminate these from your diet.

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