Why such love for fat?
There are an enormous amount of benefits in consuming good fats. My extreme love and passion for healthy fat consumption lies in the delicious ability these guys have of reducing inflammation in the body. As we know inflammation can wreak havoc in one’s body, from pain to digestive complaints, skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, lack of energy to problems with weight loss.
Healthy fats are extremely supportive for the mind. They have the ability to support mood, reduce anxiety, stress and again reduce the inflammation that stress and anxiety cause on the body. In addition, healthy fats support heart health and GASP! assist in weight loss. Controversial isn't it?
I am not done yet, faithful fats hydrate and keep our skin cells supple and plump which helps reduce signs of aging. Did someone say make me look younger??? Dose me up I say!
But haven't we always been told that “low fat” is the way to go to obtain the best health and reduce unwanted kilos? Yes we have, and my friends this information is old and tired. If i can be so bold, it could be dangerous to one’s health if we choose to live this way.
Let me simplify and iron out some confusing misconceptions for you.
Eating healthy fats and oils will NOT lead to weight gain.
In fact we need good fats to mobilize fat, so good fat consumption is actually quite an important part of a weight loss protocol.
Healthy fats produce a hormone called Cholecystokinin (CCK). This dude is responsible for that feeling of "fullness" and satiety. If you do not have an adequate amount of fats in a meal you will more than likely continue to eat or get hungry after a short while.
Reducing healthy fats in your diet can also contribute to weight gain because what we tend to do is increase the amount of carbohydrates and sugar, which in turn leads to weight gain. We can also make the mistake of consuming too much protein when on a low fat diet. Our bodies convert the excess protein into glucose which can affect blood glucose levels and impede weight loss.
But wait there's more; fats are a great source of physical and mental energy. Try motivating yourself to exercise and make better food choices when exhausted. We all know that the convenient muesli bar laden with sugar is so tempting to reach for in those tired moments.
What about heart disease? Cholesterol?
As Sally Fallon states in Nourishing Traditions, animal fats and cholesterol are not the cause of heart disease. It is rather our modern diets of excessive refined carbohydrates (sugar, white flour), excess consumption of damaging vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats, deficiencies in certain vitamins/antioxidants (A,C and D, Selenium, Zn) and the absence of protective antimicrobial fats such as Animal fats and tropical oils (palm oil).
I am Dairy sensitive, Can i have Ghee?
Yes you can indulge in the buttery goodness of Ghee. Ghee is clarified butter; however through the process of clarification the common allergens casein and lactose are removed. Hallelujah I hear you say.
What fats do I cook with?
Are you someone who uses Olive oil for cooking and well EVERYTHING? Unfortunately this fabulous vegetable oil whilst amazingly beneficial for our health does not like being heated at high temperatures. So use her only on foods that are cold or have cooled down.
In a nutshell the best fats to cook with are Saturated fats. Those that tend to be solid at room temperature. These are more stable and less likely to oxidize readily. Oxidized oils are inflammatory and damaging to the body.
Examples of saturated fats are;
Grass fed Butter
Tallow/suet/beef dripping (animal fat)
Lard/Bacon fat (pork fat)
The following fats/oils are fabulous too however are best used on cold foods such as salads or foods that have cooled down.
Macadamia nut oil
I certainly enjoy varying the taste in my meals so having options is important.
Are all fats great for me?
Not all fats are amazing for your health. Avoid highly processed vegetable and seed oils which are extremely unstable, oxidize easily, and can be quite inflammatory to the body.
These oils are
- Canola oil (also referred to as Rapeseed oil)
- Corn oil
- Vegetable oil
- soybean oil
- Grapeseed oil
Other ways to get good fats in are:
Nuts and nut butter: Macadamia, walnuts, hazelnuts
Alas to conclude the fat journey I have just taken you on I would like to reinforce and boldly state that my diet is exceptionally high in good fats. I make sure that every meal contains a healthy whack of the good stuff and feel fantastic for it.
If you are still clinging onto those deeply ingrained, tired, old fatty thoughts and need further inspiration and evidence check out the following, life changing stories from Christine Cronau; The Fat Revolution and Jimmy Moore: Keto Clarity. These guys have been living a high fat diet for some time with amazing fat reduction and improvement in overall health.
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Fallon S, Nourishing Traditions
Cronau Christine: The Fat Revolution
Moore J: Cholesterol Clarity
Moore J: Keto Clarity
Sanfilippo D: Practical Paleo