New research shows a high-fat Mediterranean diet with extra virgin olive oil increases weight loss in people with chronic health conditions.
Fat has long been considered the evil enemy in the human diet. Largely because it has been perceived as a causative factor in the growing obesity epidemic. Being that it has a higher nutrient density compared to proteins and carbohydrates – one gram fat equating to nine calories, protein and carbohydrates only four calories per gram – it’s an easy assumption to make.
In recent years, however, researchers have become aware that a calorie is not a calorie. Meaning, calories from junk food are not going to have the same effect on human biochemistry as calories from fruit, vegetables and other nutritious foods, including fats. Despite nutritional knowledge increasing, the mainstream Western dietary advice is still entrenched with the idea that a low-fat diet is the recommended choice for the majority of individuals, particularly when it comes to weight loss.