For decades, many people were fearful of fat. Due to reports suggesting that fat, particularly saturated fat, could have adverse health effects, people eschewed high-fat foods in favor of lower fat substitutes. Though this was done with good intentions, the resulting diet was not actually beneficial for overall health. By reducing fat intake, people began to eat a higher amount of highly processed foods. Oftentimes these foods were pumped with sugar and other artificial sweeteners to make up for the taste lost when the fat was removed from the foods. People believed that a low fat or fat free label on a food made it healthy, when in fact they would have been better off eating whole foods in their natural state, regardless of the fat content.
Thankfully, the perception of fat being detrimental to health has started to shift. People realized that they were not getting healthier or slimmer from eating these low fat foods; quite the opposite, actually. Today, many people have realized the innumerable health benefits of eating a large amount of fat in the diet, and have begun to experiment with eating a diet with higher amounts of fat than the norm. The most popular of these high-fat diets is the ketogenic, or keto diet.