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Fat Is Important for Our Health but It Must Be the Right Kind

Most people realize Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens was one of the most influential artists of baroque tradition. Yet when they look at his paintings of unclothed women they are likely to see "fat." Fat bodies have become so associated with lack of health and lack of self-control that the myths have become separated from the truth. Let's make an effort to separate them.  First, dietary fat serves many important functions and is good for the body when the right fat is consumed. Secondly, having excessive adipose tissue — body fat — does not denote that a person lacks self-control or will power, but is the result of an inappropriate diet. Homo sapiens evolved with a "famine reflex" that caused metabolic changes to conserve fat and ensured survival when food was scarce.  Read more...

 

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