If you, like me are sick and tired of the ‘eat less fat’ – and ‘fat is bad for you’ advertising hype, from media and dieticians, then JUMP with JOY and relax – all is not as bad as it may seem.
There are bad fats – we all know by now that ‘trans-fats’ are to be avoided….. There are good ones – the natural trans-fats but they are rarely spoken about. I would bet most dieticians are not really familiar with them at all, so let’s leave them out of this discussion.
The bad ones (trans-fats) are artificially made, not found in nature and are damaging to the human body. Look for the term ‘hydrogenation’ on the label, and you will discover trans-fats.
We are being bombarded in the media with the spiel that we need to cut back on our fat consumption and eat more proceeded grains. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is ample evidence that cutting back on cereals, grains, flours and processed junk foods is beneficial and healthy, while at the same time consuming good fats from meats, fish and fruits will improve both your waist line and your arteries.
The conundrum comes when we see the variety of fats available. This is not really such a problem if you keep the following in mind:
Confused About Fats? The following nutrient-rich traditional fats have nourished healthy population groups for thousands of years:
- Tallow and suet from beef and lamb
- Lard from pigs
- Chicken, goose and duck fat
- Coconut, palm and palm kernel oils
- Extra virgin olive oil (also OK for cooking)
- Expeller-expressed sesame and peanut oils
- Expeller-expressed flax oil (in small amounts)
For Fat-Soluble Vitamins
- Fish liver oils such as cod liver oil (preferable to fish oils, which do not provide fat-soluble vitamins, can cause an overdose of unsaturated fatty acids and usually come from farmed fish.)
The following newfangled fats can cause cancer, heart disease, immune system dysfunction, sterility, learning disabilities, growth problems and osteoporosis:
- All hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils
- Industrially processed liquid oils such as soy, corn, safflower, cottonseed and canola
- Fats and oils (especially vegetable oils) heated to very high temperatures in processing and frying.
The above information comes from the Weston A Price Foundation. If you found it challenging because of the information you have been indoctrinated with from your medical practitioner and the government, may I suggest you watch the VIDEO here and VIDEO here and learn just how and where and even why – you have been deceived.
Adding to the list of good healthy fats I cannot leave out the humble avocado.
Many people have come to believe they are fattening and are to be avoided. That again stems from the ‘fat is bad for you mantra’ we have just been discussing. They are not only a delicious fruit but they are also safe to eat even for the most diet conscious of people. They do contain a little fat, but it is good fat like you would get in olive oil. Personally I do not like the taste of olive oil, but l adore avocados.
If you are a counter of calories, then you will know that fat has more calories per gram than carbohydrates do. But remember this; butter has 16g of fat per tablespoon whereas avocado has just 4g of fat per tablespoon.
Not only is avocado a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids including oleic acid, which has recently been shown to offer significant protection against breast cancer, but it is also a very concentrated dietary source of the “carotenoid lutein“. It also contains measurable amounts of related carotenoids plus significant quantities of vitamin E.
A few slices of avocado in salad, or mixing some chopped avocado into salsa will not only add a rich, creamy flavour, but will greatly increase your body’s ability to absorb the health-promoting carotenoids that vegetables provide.
You can purchase Avocado Oil – but always look for cold-pressed. It is scrumptious and has many uses including as a salad dressing.
There are some interesting facts about the SEED of the Avocado.
A final word regarding healthy fats must include coconut oil – once completely demonized by industry as being artery clogging. Of course it was all a ploy to get you to use their unhealthy liquid hydrogenated oils – which we now know to be seriously unhealthy for you. I encourage you to learn all you can about this most natural non animal fat. Learn about is health benefits. Learn how to use it in your cooking, skin care regime, even its use in hair care.
If you have been indoctrinated into believing saturated fats – those solid at room temperature, are bad for you – then think again. Do you realise that coconut oil becomes liquid once the room temperature reaches 20 – 25 degrees centigrade – lard does not do that! Having said that, I do hope you have learned that pure, natural and organic animal fats are healthy, compared to the factory processed, manufactured oils you buy in large bottles or cans in your supermarket.
Use butter and coconut oil in cooking. Don’t trim all visible fats off your meats before cooking, eat fresh salads, lots of fresh meats and fish, toss out the breads and bakery goods from the supermarket, and learn to limit them in your diet. Buy as little as possible in the way of processed foods, and return to a simpler way of life, eating fresh, baking from scratch and getting healthy again.
For those of you who want to hear what a Medical Doctor has to say about enjoying fats – and their health benefits, GO HERE and cheer!