With all this talk about fats being bad, one can be confused as to whether butter is to be included in one’s diet or not. Especially with bulletproof coffee that boasts MCT oil (medium-chain triglyceride oil which is a blend of coconut and palm oil) in it, one can be confused about fats.
The reason butter is gaining popularity is because it has the ability to turn off cravings keeping you full for longer. Scientifically fats are needed by the body to aid in absorption of nutrients and fat also slows digestion resulting in feelings of fullness. Overall this helps in weight loss as you tend to eater fewer calories in later meals.
The success of Keto diets are proof that the rising obesity and diabetes epidemic is because of the high carbohydrate consumption in our modern diets. Sugar has sneaked into every aspect of our food chain, from sauces to marinated meats.
A lot of dietitians are warning against blindly consuming butter as it is high in saturated fat. Butter lovers are insisting that only grass fed unsalted butter is to be used and warn against embracing ‘normal’ supermarket variety butter. While some studies have shown that saturated fat is linked to an increase in risk factors for heart disease, such as high LDL cholesterol, recent research suggests that saturated fat doesn’t directly lead to heart disease. Moreover it has been shown that dietary cholesterol doesn’t affect most people’s cholesterol levels unless they have a specific gene that makes them prone to high levels of blood cholesterol.
With all this contradictory news about what is good and what is bad, here are four health quotes (rules) of Hippocrates (400 BC), yes the same guy whose oath new doctors take to do no harm.
- Walking Is Man’s Best Medicine.
2000 years after he recommended walking, it is still one of the best form of exercise and 30 mins a day can improves one’s overall health.
- It is far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.
Today psychologists are confirming what he had said 2000 years ago, your overall health is a direct result of your state of mind, relationships, stress levels and environment. Treating the symptom never results in the eliminating the root cause of the ailment.
3.Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.
While there is no record of Hippocrates ever saying this, it is inline with his philosophy that nutrition is vital for health. Today lifestyle related diseases (obesity, diabetes etc) are on the rise and this ancient recommendation to eat healthy nutritious food in moderation is being revived.
“All disease begins in the gut.”
- Everything in excess Is opposed by nature.
“All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison . The right dose differentiates a poison and a remedy.” – Paracelsus. Even Paracelsus, a Swiss physician, couldn’t deny the fact that anything in excess, even a good thing, could be detrimental to one’s health. Case in point we need oxygen to survive but pure oxygen can kill us.
“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”