• Anita Hollerer-Squire

Which foods make us fat?

Updated: Jun 14

Refined carbs + non-essential fat = fat

A combination of refined carbs (such as white bread, sugar, pasta, pastries) and non-essential fats (such as margarine, trans fats, highly refined fats) has an extremely powerful effect on driving the signals that promote fat accumulation in the body.

Refined carbs cause a swift and excessive rise in blood sugar (glucose), which in turn triggers hormone insulin surges to drive the sugar out of the blood and into the cells. Unfortunately, insulin also promotes the storage of fat in the body and encourages fat cells to swell.

As a fat cell reaches its tipping point, it multiplies via a process called “mitosis”.

Higher insulin levels promote an efficient conversion of your caloric intake into body fat. Excess insulin is then followed by a sugar-low, increasing your appetite, and this vicious cycle continues.

Fat and refined carbs mixed can be highly addictive. If a food manufacturer wants to have soaring sales, it’s tempting to produce products which mix fat with sugar.

In a nutshell – carbs & fats to stay away from:

  • Refined carbs (white bread, pastries, any packaged & processed foods)

  • Refined sugar

  • High-fructose corn syrup (in many drinks and processed foods)

  • Saturated fats (mostly found in animal foods)

  • Trans fats (in most packaged and deep fried products)

In a nutshell – carbs & fats to eat:

  • Vegetables

  • Fruits

  • Legumes (bean, lentils)

  • Whole grains

  • Avocado

  • Olive Oil, Flaxseed Oil

  • Omega 3 rich fish