Low Fat, No Sunshine: Two Dangerous Health Myths!

Posted on May 20th, 2013 at 4:31 am by

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There are many diet and health myths, and the unfortunate truth is that many of them are recommended by regulatory health agencies.  Perhaps two of the most dangerous ones are following a low-fat diet and avoiding sun exposure – find out why.

Dangerous Myth # 1: Eat a Low-Fat Diet

Avocados are a source of healthy fats.

A Spanish study – considered a landmark trial that included nearly 7,450 volunteers between ages 55 and 80 – provides compelling evidence that the right fats can cut your heart disease risk by nearly one-third.  The researchers found “a significant reduction in stroke in those consuming a Mediterranean diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, when compared to those who did not make significant changes in their diet.”

Sadly, the US government has been pushing a low-fat recommendation for decades.  It deprives Americans of the high amounts of healthful fats, modest high-quality animal protein, and fresh, raw, organic vegetables that can provide benefits to their overall health.

In fact, eating fat won’t necessarily make you fat.  Health expert Dr. Robert Lustig explains that you can have the same amount of calories from fructose and protein, or fructose and fat, but the metabolic effect will be entirely different even though the calorie count is the same.

Sources of healthy fats include the following:

  • Olives and olive oil
  • Coconuts and coconut oil
  • Butter from raw grass-fed organic milk
  • Raw nuts such as almonds or pecans
  • Organic pastured egg yolks
  • Avocados
  • Grass-fed meats
  • Palm oil
  • Unheated organic nut oils

It is just as important to eliminate trans fats, which are found in almost all baked goods and most processed foods.  Trans fats can embed themselves in your cell membranes, disrupt key metabolic functions, and should never be consumed.

Dangerous Myth # 2: Avoid Sun Exposure

Another flawed yet widely adopted recommendation is getting out of the sun.  The truth: healthy sun exposure actually provides the best and most natural form of vitamin D possible.

The ideal way to optimize your vitamin D level is not by taking a vitamin D supplement, but by allowing your body to create vitamin D from being exposed to the sun.  Your skin synthesizes high amounts of cholesterol sulfate – which is crucial for cardiovascular health – when you expose your skin to the sun.

Getting your vitamin D from sun exposure saves you from the danger of overdosing, since your body has the self-regulating ability to produce only the vitamin D it needs.

The UVB rays of the sun are what your body uses to create vitamin D3.  To get the most UVB rays, expose yourself to the sun as near to solar noon as possible, or between 10 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon.  Make sure not to get sunburned; use the color of your skin as your guide.  10 to 15 minutes may be enough for fair-skinned individuals to get their skin the slightest shade of pink.  Deeply pigmented individuals, on the other hand, may need to stay out longer.

You may use a safe tanning bed if you live in regions with scarce sunlight and other factors that make healthy sun exposure less likely to be achieved.  Use beds made of electronic ballasts instead of magnetic ballasts, which emit dangerous electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

Vitamin D3 supplementation should be your last option.  The key is your serum vitamin D level (the one in your blood), not the daily dose.  You can find out your serum vitamin D level by using the 25(OH)D or 25-hydroxyvitamin D test.

About the Author

Katrina Pascual is a Web content writer who researches and reports natural health strategies such as optimizing your vitamin D3 levels naturally.

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