For a long, long time I was on the low fat bandwagon. I thought that if something was low fat then that meant it was better for you, that the way to stay slim and fit was to avoid fats.
But, when I was introduced to the Weston A. Price Foundation it totally rocked my world to find out that our body NEEDS certain types of fat. These fats help us absorb the nutrients from our food, turn carotene into vitamin A, feed the lungs, heart, brain, liver and also do
many other things! And, just as an FYI , I have not gained any extra weight since incorporating a lot more healthy fats into my diet.
Doctor Lundell, a heart surgeon with 25 years of experience, recently spoke out on why a low-fat diet will harm you and even destroy your health! According to Doctor Lundell the biggest contributors to inflammation are as follows.
“Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.” -source
Here is what Doctor Lundell had to say about the low-fat myth:
“ Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today. ” - source
So what do we do? We go back to eating like our grandma or even great grandmother used to.
“What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet” - source
Check out this short clip about the unfounded bias against saturated fats:
Here’s the basic lowdown on which fats to avoid and which ones should have a place in your pantry.
Fats to avoid:
- hydrogenated fats
- polyunsaturated fats
- canola oil
- safflower, corn, cottonseed and sunflower oils
- peanut oil
Fats to love:
- quality butter (preferably raw and from grass-fed cows)
- coconut oil
- extra virgin olive oil
- small amounts of unrefined flax seed oil
- saturated fats such as those found in milk, eggs, butter, cheese, grass-fed meats
Want to learn more about the skinny on fats? Check out this great article from The Weston A. Price Foundation.
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