Some people still think that low fat diet’s
good when in actuality can you talk about the importance of good fats in keeping you
healthy? Dr. David Jockers: Absolutely! Fats
should really be the priority with our nutrition plan. The reason why is we have 75 trillion
cells, and all the cells have a double fatty acid layer around every single cell in your
body. And it’s extremely key. It’s called the cell membrane. It’s extremely key for
hormonal responses, extremely key for just having good healthy hormone function, good
healthy neurological function in your system. So, the communication process between cells
is dependent upon this outer ring of fat. And so we need the fats to help replace those.
Also, on top of that, a low fat diet is going to prioritize carbohydrate. And a carbohydrate
breaks down into sugar. And sugar—when your blood sugar is all over
the place that really creates a breeding ground for opportunistic infections, for cancer growth
like we’re going to talk about later, for all different types of issues. And so utilizing
good fats as your primary energy source helps your body produce something called ketones.
There’s a ketogenic diet and those ketones actually are a preferred fuel for your body.
Especially when it becomes, what we call, keto-adapted or fat-adapted, where your body
just becomes so good it preferentially uses these fatty acids, these ketone bodies. Your
blood sugar stays extremely stable. And that reduces inflammatory processes in your body.
It helps you have better mental/emotional balance so you think more clearly, have better
memory. Everything in your life really improves because your sugar is stable. You
don’t have these bumps, these ups and downs, these insulin surges. And so your emotions,
again, are going to be more balanced, everything is going to be more balanced. Your body’s
going to be able to handle and tolerate stress more effectively.
And really the hallmark of successful aging is being able to adapt effectively to stress.
And so I think a high, good fat diet is really, really key for that. And so with these low
fat diets they really don’t discriminate between good fats and bad fats. It’s just take
all the fats out. They really typically don’t discriminate between types of carbohydrates,
although sometimes they’ll tell you go low glycemic using a lot of whole grains, things
like that. Other people choose the high protein diets. But really protein and the carbohydrates
both break down into sugar in your system and that stored sugar will stimulate higher
levels of inflammation in your body. And what we’re trying to do is really control inflammation.
And a high good fat diet really helps with that.