Why a Dietitian Says Eating Fat Won’t Make You Fat

Why a Dietitian Says Eating Fat Won’t Make You Fat

by Victoria Simpson

So, the old adage that you can get too much of a good thing still holds true-but according to Russell de Souza, a bit of a good thing isn’t going to make you fat.

Maybe he’s the one behind the Donut Dog covered in bacon bits at Krispy Kreme- who knows. It’s good.



Anyways, in a new view on eating, De Souza, a registered dietitian and professor of nutritional epidemiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, says that what’s important to look at in our diets isn’t fat as a whole, but the type of fat we consume.

Inhaling a bunch of fatty meat, chips and ice cream everyday is, unfortunately, still on the ‘not to do’ list. However, according to de Souza, replacing fattier items with so-called ‘low fat’ alternatives can swing the scales too far.

Avoiding fats can result in a rice cake binge on the couch at 3 in the afternoon and an over-consumption of salt and sugary carbs by the person trying to make good changes.

keep-calm-and-eat-real-food-4The logic of Dr. de Souza says that the low-fat option isn’t as satiating as the Krispy Kreme Donut Dog and this isn’t good because then we eat more of the rice cakes.

Alright, so it feels like you can’t win. I like to simply think: “Eat like the French”. Wine, cheese, chocolate and some creamy escargot on Friday nights, but all in moderation.

Proof that it’s good for you?

I don’t have solid scientific evidence to back anything up except for a picture of the Eiffel Tower with thin people surrounding its base. But they could likely be tourists. So, don’t get in trouble with this, and come a-knockin’.

Experts say:

Keep eating those fruits and vegetables- never too much.

Avoid harmful artificial trans fats used to hydrogenate vegetable oils into a solid like those used in shortening and found in many items in the cookie aisle. These ones raise the risk of heart disease, increase bad cholesterol levels and reduce good cholesterol levels. All bad.

9076ab8d766e0f2eabbf614f177e370eWhat to reach for?

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats- these are the ones found in nuts, fish, avocadoes, and plant-based vegetable oils like corn oil and olive oil. Yum. Fry the grilled cheese sandwich in canola oil, and have some natural peanut butter with breakfast.


What to eat but only sometimes? Don’t overdo it with the fats found in meat, eggs, and dairy.

And in general, consider your diet as a whole. Don’t focus on cutting one item out of your diet- unless you are recently found allergic.  Eat those fruits and veggies, have a bit of steak, some milk and even a chip or two, and eat the whole spectrum. Just keep it balanced.

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