At Blue Zones, we promote a plant-slant diet based on our own research in Blue Zones regions, where populations lived the longest, healthiest lives. It is naturally lower in saturated fat because it is much lower in meat products and processed foods. It also naturally lower in processed sugar and refined grains (white bread, white pasta, etc). Our research concurs with current nutrition and public health research that obesity and other chronic illnesses are multi-faceted:
- excess calories,
- excess intake of animal products,
- excess intake of refined sugar,
- physical inactivity,
- cigarette smoking, and
- other lifestyle factors
all play a role. It is not fat vs. sugar. It’s your overall dietary pattern and lifestyle that is important.