Eating Healthy Fat = Natural Appetite Regulation!
In last Monday's NY Times, I came across an article discussing that 'deeper biological forces than a lack of willpower are at work when we 'crave fatty snacks'.
When rats were given liquid diets high in one of the three macro nutrients (fat, protein & carbohydrate (sugar), the ones who received the high fat diet produced substances called endocannabinoids, which are similar to those produced by marijuana use. The compounds serve to:
- regulate mood and stress
- regulate appetite
- regulate movement of food through the intestines
These chemicals were released ONLY when the rats got the higher fat diet.
OK- enough said, as far as I'm concerned. This, in my opinion, is yet one more reason to follow The Paleo Diet, which is comprised of more fat and protein than what the ADA would recommend.
Unfortunately, the article then goes on to discuss how this finding is going to offer more hope for potential new diet drugs.
How about: "this finding offers support for eating more REAL, unadulterated fat and eliminating the consumption of refined, processed sugar in the form of cereal, bread, pasta, bagels, sweets, treats and whatever other snacky bits and fillers one might be eating" instead?