The truth about fats and fatigue

If there’s one thing I treat more than just about anything else at my clinics, it is patients suffering with fatigue. I frequently see patients who wake up each morning feeling like they were hit by a truck, and who can’t make it through the day without constant naps.

So naturally I’m interested when research comes along that adds something useful to the science on fatigue.

But unfortunately, the media reporting on these studies is often half accurate at best… or completely wrong at worst.

Case in point: You may have seen reports about a study published in the journal Nutrients claiming that men who ate a lot of fatty foods were 78 per cent more likely to suffer from daytime fatigue than men who limit their fats.

If you believe the anti-fat crowd, the case is closed, right? Just reduce your fat intake, and your energy levels will soar.

Well, not exactly.

You see, what the study REALLY found was that the fats that make you sleepy and feel fatigued are those in processed snacks like crisps, biscuits, and fries.

In other words, we’re talking about trans fats here, which are terrible for your health. These fats can cause insulin spikes and blood sugar crashes, and have no redeeming nutritional value.

When researchers looked at healthy proteins and fats, they found no correlation with napping. Zip. Nada.

In fact, these proteins – like fish, nuts, and even red meat – are your body’s preferred source of energy, and they help combat the type of blood sugar “crashes” you get from eating carbohydrates.

Make sure your diet focuses on the high-quality fats, natural foods, and overall clean eating that are staples of the Paleo diet. Loading up on quality proteins and fats can help give you an energy boost, and will improve everything from your waistline to your brain health.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Men who eat fatty foods more likely to become drowsy during daytime, research says, upi.com/Health_News/2016/05/03/Men-who-eat-fatty-foods-more-likely-to-become-drowsy-during-daytime-research-says/8191462320820/

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