They're not - strictly speaking. It is true - essential fatty acids are indeed "essential".
Nothing "is" bad or good. Things do things. And you can have things in varying amounts.
It just so happens that people get the best results in terms of health when they have less than 10% of their calories from fat. There is a biochemical reason for this. There are lots of them, actually. The main one is that dietary fat raises your blood lipid levels and prevents insulin from transporting glucose to the cells, leading to blood sugar fluctuations, insulin resistance, candida, mood swings, brain fog, diabetes, obesity, and death.
'the digestive tract of a carnivore is only 3 times the length of its torso.
This is necessary to avoid rotting or decomposition of flesh inside the
animal. The carnivore depends upon highly acidic secretions to facili-
tate rapid digestion and absorption in its very short tube. Still, the pu-
trefaction of proteins and the rancidity of fats is evident in their feces."
"Tolerance for fat: We do not handle more than small quantities of fat
well. Meat eaters thrive on a high-fat diet."
"glucose and fructose in fruits fuel our cells
without straining our pancreas (unless we eat a high-fat diet). Meat
eaters do not handle sugars well. They are prone to diabetes if they eat
a diet that is predominated by fruit. "
"Fats become rancid and repulsive when they oxidize and decompose. "
"Heated fats and proteins are quite pathogenic - even
carcinogenic. We should eat nuts raw or not at all"
"Ranging from about 55 to 90% fat,
nuts and seeds are best eaten infrequently and in very small amounts. Even
then, their breakdown into fatty acids, amino acids, and glucose requires a
drawn-out process that takes hours. Fats may lie in the small intestine for
several hours before the gallbladder secretes bile with which to emulsify
(break down and liquefy) them. "
i am seeing hormone imbalances too, and the longest lived cultures being low fat.
Gabe, have you read 80/10/10 yet? Dr. Graham really does do a good job of explaining the premise behind high carb low fat eating.
"Feeling blue after a while" is because either you are undercarbed or you are experiencing common mood swings/detox.
One of the common claims against low-fat diets is "after the low-fat diet craze, everyone just got fatter and sicker!" Well, if you look at the actual fat consumption in developed nations during and after the low-fat diet craze, statistically, more and more fat was consumed. Of course, when people take fat out of their diet, they don't add any carbs to make up for the caloric loss, so they just end up binging on more fat.
Testosterone is something you don't need a lot of. Most men have way too much testosterone, hence the constantly inflamed libido that plague so many men. The world isn't suffering from a lack of testosterone. Calling it the "strength hormone" is misleading. And saying that the body needs dietary fat and cholesterol to produce hormones is incorrect - the body needs a small amount dietary fat, yes, but this fat does not have to be overt, and the body produces its own cholesterol so that is just a lie to say that you need dietary cholesterol. I've seen articles like that dozens of times.
I have conducted an experiment on myself after being 811 for almost 3 years. I got my blood tests, then dropped the vegan and low fat for 2 months. I was still eating lots of fruit and veg but ate some eggs, olive oil, dairy, fish and meat in moderate amounts. I would guess around 40-50% fat. I then got my blood tested again and will be making a video shortly with the results. The video is not intended to sway anyone towards or away from 811 or a more paleo approach but it might surprise you with some of the results. Stay tuned.
My guess is that once you started eating 40-50% fat you got back on the path to where the SAD eaters are. . . . Right ?
cant wait to see
I'm really looking forward to the video Ben.