Fat: A Documentary Review

I just finished watching Fat: A Documentary presented by Vinnie Tortorich  and I’m not surprised about what was covered. The film explains in detail many of the falsehood told in America. Many people who have done Keto or a low carb diet know firsthand that fat doesn’t make your fat, actually, sugar is the culprit.

But this movie really explains it in detail to help the non-believers see the facts.

However, I don’t think I will ever stop being angry about the lack of honesty now that the truth is out.

They had it wrong when they told us that fat was bad for us. The film, Fat: A Documentary explains that It seemed to make perfect sense. For example, if someone was to pour fat down a drain it would eventually clog your sink. So it would seem to make sense that it would do the same thing with our body. The idea that fat clogs your arteries would seem to make sense.

But my frustration comes when the facts prove that “they” had it wrong but won’t admit it now. Doctors, the government, and the media continue to preach that fat makes you fat and people cut out the healthy fat and continue to get sick, become overweight and even die. How many more people must die before people realize it is sugar and grains that make them sick? Not fat!

The Fat Movie does an excellent job an explaining how all of the fad diets, pills and workout programs that have been popular over the years don’t work. And sadly we as a country we continue to get fatter and fatter.

The movie also discusses many of the myths about dieting and weight loss.

Diet Myths:

  • Calories in, calories out.
  • You need 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Saturated fat is the cause of heart disease.
  • Low fat diet is a healthy diet.
  • Coffee raises blood pressure.
  • Grains are heart healthy and fat will clog your arteries.

Bottom line is that almost everything that we have learned about nutrition is totally wrong.

I think we have been fed these lies so much that today we still believe them.

The movie talks about an experiment done by Dr. Stefanson in 1928. This doctor had lived with Eskimo’s and ate what they ate which was lots of fatty fish and meat. He literally ate no veggies as there wasn’t any available. He thought he would die from malnutrition, but instead after 4 months of eating this way, he felt he was healthier than ever before.

When he came back to America and explained what happened, no one believed him.

The Stefansson diet was when he ate only meat. As an experiment he ate only lean meat and became ill. However, He felt better when he ate the meat with fat. So, he continued to eat fatty meat only and became healthy again.

The movie also talks about dextrose. Dextrose is the remaining sugary substance that is left after grains are cooked down. Dextrose is as bad as high fructose corn syrup. Dextrose is a cheap additive used in deli meat to increase the shelf life. Most lunch meat has dextrose in it.

These are just a few points that really hit home for me. All I know is it just reinforces to me that eliminating sugar and carbs from the diet and eating healthy fats is a good thing. My healthy body is proof of that.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about diet and nutrition.