Healthy Fats to the Rescue!
Our culture has victimized fats as the culprit to all of our health woes. But guess what? That was a scam.
Here is a quick history on what really happened:
1960’s : Sugar companies paid off three Harvard researchers to twist their study results about sugar’s effect on heart disease. (Read about it here.)
Their claim: Saturated fat is the reason for heart disease.
The true results: Sugar is one of the main links to heart disease (and other illnesses).
Modern times: Sugar-loving companies, like Coca-Cola (read about it here), are downplaying the link between our ill-health // obesity levels and sugar.
Here’s the problem. Our bodies were designed to handle limited amounts of sugar and high amounts of healthy fat. The sugar issue is another article for another day. A day coming very soon.
Fats are key to hormone balance, brain health, digestive function, cardiovascular function, memory retention, liver processing, and the list continues. They build our brains and our cells. They support our joints. Fats are needed oh so much.
Living without enough fats can lead to obesity (ironically), low energy, hormonal imbalances, emotional instability, degenerative issues, weakness, anemia, skin issues, and this list continues, as well.
If you recall nothing else from this article, make sure you hear that HEALTHY FATS ARE GOOD AND NECESSARY.
But which fats are the ones to eat and the ones to avoid? I’m glad you asked.
We have been told for a long time to avoid saturated fats (the ones that are solid at room temperature… think S- saturated // solid). Truly, we need these fats. The human body was designed to consume them (in their most pure state). After all, a large portion of breast milk from a healthy mother comprises saturated fat.
Fats to Include regularly in the diet:
Fats to Avoid:
Vegetable and Legume Oils (canola, soy, peanut, corn)
Trans Fats (hydrogenated oils) in processed foods and fast food
Genetically Modified Fats (GMO’s)
** Be sure to use EVOO in its raw form like in salad dressings versus cooking. Olive oil has a lower smoke point, which means if it is heated at too high of a temperature, the fats will go rancid.
Healthy fats are an essential part of a healthy body. Include them at every meal, and have no fear — fat doesn’t make you fat … too much sugar does. So enjoy a healthy dose of healthy fat 🙂
If you have any questions, let me know. I am happy to talk with you about all things fat!