Tag Archives | Fat

Digesting Fat, Optimizing Your Health, and My Daily Supplements

How to Digest Fat without a Gallbladder Our first question comes from Christina who asks, “I want to incorporate more fats like you recommend, but I don’t have a gallbladder. Do you have any special instructions for someone who doesn’t have a gallbladder?” Christina is not alone. This is a question that I’ve been getting […]

Herbed Compound Butter

Just in time for the Eat Fat, Get Thin Challenge, this recipe from my new cookbook, Eat Fat, Get Thin Cookbook, will make your food simply irresistible. Compound butter is a fantastic delivery system for rich flavor and good-quality fat. Melt this delicious butter into Pegan Diet–approved cooked vegetables. Slice 1⁄4-inch pats of the chilled […]

How Do I Know If I’m Eating Enough Healthy Fat?

“Dr. Hyman, how do I know if I’m eating enough fat?” a reader recently asked me. This is an excellent question and one of my favorite subjects because I wholeheartedly believe eating the right amount and type of fat plays a crucial role in shaping health and wellbeing. Doctors, patients and readers are often completely […]

Food is Information: An Interview with Dr. Christiane Northrup

I once had a fear of fat while growing up. I subscribed to the antiquated “all calories are the same” myth, a mentality that demonizes fat. After all, eating fat makes you fat, right? End of story. From a caloric perspective, that makes sense. Dietary fat contains nine calories per gram, versus the four calories […]

Clam Chowder

This recipe, from my book Eat Fat, Get Thin, takes a traditional chowder and puts a healthy spin on it. Fresh steamed clams make this creamy chowder extra good; however, canned clams work well too. When steaming, you can save time by preparing them up to one day in advance – just be sure to […]

The Skinny on Fat: A Conversation with Dr. David Ludwig

I am so excited to announce that we are launching The Fat Summit 2: Separating Even More Fat from Fiction this coming November. During the first Fat Summit, we brought together physicians, health experts, researchers, journalists and scientists to tell us the truth about what makes us sick and fat, and guess what? It’s not […]

The Missing Fat You Need to Survive and Thrive

“Dr. Hyman, I’ve heard so much contradictory information about omega 3 fats,” writes this week’s house call. “Some studies show they help everything while others argue they don’t do much of anything. What’s the real story here?” As I often say, food is information, not just calories. Food influences gene function, hormones, your immune system […]

Is Your Olive Oil Really Olive Oil?

“I get so confused choosing the right oils and differentiating between different kinds of fats,” writes this week’s house call. “I watched a 60 Minutes episode that showed olive oil imported from Italy wasn’t really olive oil. And the other day, I went to the supermarket to pick up coconut oil and it said palm oil on […]

Can Being Toxic Make Me Fat?

“Dr. Hyman, I’ve been reading about the role of environmental toxins in our health,” writes this week’s house call. “What is the best way to get rid of these toxins, and are things like household cleaners and skincare products really that harmful?” The short answer is yes. We know that environmental toxins, such as BPA […]

Are My Genes Making Me Fat and Sick?

“For generations, my family has been overweight or obese, and I’m just wondering how much of weight gain is dictated by genes?” writes this week’s house call. “Do my genes create my destiny?” Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Some genes can predispose you to obesity, type 2 diabetes or heart […]

The Secret Fat that Makes You Thin

“Dr. Hyman, I’ve heard you mention MCT oil before,” writes this week’s house call. “Can you tell me more about it and the potential benefits?” MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides . They are a type of fatty acid that is derived from coconut oil.  Consider MCT oil as a super fuel for your cells, because […]

Why Oil is Bad for You

“Dr. Hyman, I grew up in a house where we used vegetable oil every day to cook with,” writes this week’s house call. “My mom still uses these oils and I’m trying to convince her to switch to coconut or olive oil. Any advice?” We were all trained that vegetable oils were good and butter […]