Skip To Main Content

COVID-19 Updates and Resources. Learn More

Dietary Fat Consumption is Trending Up

October 21, 2015

The Credit Suisse Research Institute recently published Fat: The New Health Paradigm, a report based on over 400 medical research papers and books, global databases on food consumption and interviews from academic and industry experts that analyzed the changing role of fat consumption.

Obesity has skyrocketed in the last 30 years, and many believe this is due to dietary guidelines that recommended we reduce saturated fat intake and cut out any foods containing cholesterol, which led to a “fat-free” free-for-all and increase in the consumption of carbs and sugar. Now, medical research shows that eating cholesterol has literally no effect on blood cholesterol levels or heart disease risk. In fact, human breast milk contains 25% saturated fat. If saturated fat is so bad for us, why would breast milk naturally contain higher levels of it?

Official nutritional recommendations still caution that we should limit our daily saturated fat intake to 10% of daily caloric intake, and many doctors and consumers are aligned with these recommendations. But some consumers are making different choices. Data shows that butter consumption has grown by 2% to 4% globally; whole milk consumption in the U.S. has grown by 11%, while skim milk consumption has shrunk by 14%. Egg consumption has increased by 2% and organic egg consumption has increased by 12% in the last 12 months.

Natural, unprocessed fats are healthy and important for our health. Natural foods high in monounsaturated and saturated fats are preferred sources of energy for our bodies to use and store, and omega-3 fats have strong protective properties for the heart and brain. And the numbers seem to reflect this more “fat-friendly” trend.

Fat consumption per capita is expected to increase by 23% until 2030, with the majority of this fat comprised of saturated fat, monounsaturated fat and omega-3 fats. Protein consumption is expected to increase by 12% and carbs will decrease by 2%. The winners in terms of consumption are eggs, dairy, red meat and fish, while the consumption of vegetable oils and chicken will remain about the same. The clear loser in all of this? Carbs—specifically sugar.

If you’re following Atkins, you’re on the cusp of this global fat paradigm shift. You’ve seen firsthand the negative effects processed carbs and sugar have on your waistline and your health. And you’ve also seen how healthy fats, vegetables rich in fiber, protein such as chicken, red meat and seafood, as well as full-fat sources of dairy can give you more energy, help you control your hunger and blood sugar levels and lose weight, while improving your health.

According to this report, the correction of one major nutritional mistake—if not the biggest—is finally underway on a global basis.

Register with Atkins today for additional tips, low carb recipes, and ideas on how to overcome your weight loss plateau.

More From Colette

Keeping It Low Carb on July 4th

Here’s a 4th of July menu with plenty of low carb options that will take your backyard barbecue, picnic or potluck to the next level.

Read More »

8 Tips to Jumpstart Your Low Carb Lifestyle

It’s been an interesting spring, that’s for sure, and it may have been a challenge to stay motivated about your weight loss or wellness goals when your routine was turned upside down.

Read More »

Low Carb Plant-Based Recipes for Spring and Summer

After cooking and eating at home for quite some time, you’re probably ready to lighten up your meals with fresh vegetables that are in season and new low carb plant-based recipes that will add variety to your weekly menu.

Read More »

Low Carb Snacks When You’re on The Go

While the beginning of this summer may have more of a “staycation” vibe versus “vacation” vibe, it’s still the perfect time to get outdoors for a walk or hike, a few rounds of golf, a picnic in your yard or at the park or even a little road trip, and all these occasions call for a smart low carb snacking strategy.

Read More »

FAQs

Have more low carb questions? We've got the answers!

Learn More »
FAQs

Free Tools

Access meal plans, carb counters, discussion boards, and more.

Learn More »
Free Tools

FAQs

Have more low carb questions? We've got the answers!

Learn More »
FAQs

Free Tools

Access meal plans, carb counters, discussion boards, and more.

Learn More »
Free Tools