Fat still gets a bad rap, but here are some well documented facts that may change your programming. Eating quality fats and eliminating sugars is the road to weight-loss and for overall health.
The vegetable oil industry started in the early 1900’s and has been demonizing animal fats only to gain market share in the natural spirit of friendly competition. Never in human history have we eaten so much processed, concentrated vegetable oil.
However, every known civilization of humans has eaten real animal fats.
Good vegetable fats like olive oil, flax seed oil, coconut oil, sesame oil and similar oils are the exception since these vegetable oils have been eaten for centuries and are minimally and not harmfully processed.
Quality animal and vegetable oils are precious commodities and should be used with moderation. They have been used for healing and cooking throughout history.
However, corn, canola, soybean, safflower, sunflower oils have never before in history been eaten, especially in the mass quantities as they have recently thanks to really good marketing and the endorsement from physicians.
Once again it’s the process of processing these oils that makes them particularly unhealthy. They are compressed, heated, and solvents and chemicals are added to turn cheap GMO grains into oil so we can eat cheap, low fat, ‘heart-healthy’ snaky-cakes.
This high dose of omega-6 polyunsaturated fats messes up that delicate balance of fatty acids within our cells and makes for a bad ratio of fats that we have not had to deal with ever in history. The adaptation to this poor ration is obvious as Americans demonstrate unarguably the most deplorable health in history.
Hydrogenated oils like margarine, Crisco and all of your fake butter spreads are just as bad. Since when is a “spread” (an awkward verb) now a noun? When margarine first came out, butter people protested because they knew that is was not natural for oil to remain a solid at room temperature. However, the companies that started hydrogenated oils just stuck to their guns, kept on marketing, kept paying “experts” to say that the stuff was safe and voila, our current state of health.
Fact: Eating good fats does not cause high cholesterol. All human cells need cholesterol. Reducing healthy cholesterol impairs health. Ask anyone who takes statin drugs if they feel better after taking them, even if their “bad cholesterol” goes down a little. Atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis are caused by another mechanism – calcium, chlorine and cholesterol imbalance, not from eating fat.
An example is the explosion of neurological illness (Parkinson’s, MS, Alzheimer’s, etc.) after 4 decades of a low-fat diet recommended by the people who now sell health care.
The latest medical research, that was not paid for by companies that make billions treating heart disease, has repeatedly concluded that the main cause for all heart disease is stress, anxiety and fear – not fat and cholesterol.
More Fat Facts for Weight Loss:
Lower your bad fat intake but increase your good fats.
Replace sugar with good fats and proteins.
Make real bone broth soup. It is rich in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline. The collagen in bone broth heals your gut lining and reduces intestinal inflammation.
Healthy animal fats are essential to all cellular health due to the fact that they make up the cellular membrane. Eating good fats will improve the necessary ratio of omega fatty acids to maximize cell wall function.
Fat and cholesterol are essential to maintaining our nervous systems and brain function.
Fat is essential to process several “fat-soluble” vitamins like A, E, D and K.
Animal fat helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
Animal fat helps improve bone strength due to it’s regulatory relationship with calcium.
Animal fats provide essential nutrients that only come from animal fats.
Combine good fats with vegetables and meats.
Here is a recipe for one of my favorite meals:
Sauté garlic, kale, spinach and onions in about a tablespoon of coconut oil in an iron skillet for 2-3 minutes on medium-high.
Dump that over a perfectly broiled or pan-fried steak.
Serve with wild rice and cilantro.
Add some real butter and sea salt.
*Advanced Tip: This meals works very well with a glass of homemade Malbec if that is in your calories for the day – or not.