Have you paid attention to how fat is a big deal these days?
All over the place you hear people talk about being fat, eating fat, losing fat, hating fat.
Everyone seems to have an opinion and rarely is it a pretty one.
Not too many decades ago the medical system led us to believe that all fats are created equal; equally loathsome, equally sickening, and equally fattening. That (false) teaching lead to a huge spike in the “fat-free” propaganda that we still see and an even larger spike in our waistlines for endorsing it.
This line of thinking people had when I was a kid personally sucked. I hated being told not to eat the skin on my chicken, go easy on the bacon, and not be so heavy-handed with the butter.
Now in the 21st century not too much has changed.
Some fats are now deemed “okay” to consume like olive oil and canola oil*, but one thing remains the same: “Any eating of saturated and trans fats should be be drastically limited.”
“Because eating these fats will lead to high cholesterol and heart disease.”
At least now this line of thinking is only half wrong and no longer 100% wrong.
Yes, it is terrible to eat the man-made trans fat that you get wrapped, bagged, and sent to you through a window at fast food joints.
But eating the saturated fat that comes from animal meat and milk IS NOT BAD FOR YOU.
Because humans need saturated fat in a multitude of ways.
Let me fill you in on the details the “fat-free” propaganda-pushing people failed to mention.
Fat helps lower bad cholesterol.
I’m sure you understand by now that there are 2 types of cholesterol you need to know:
High density lipoprotein commonly referred to as HDL or good cholesterol
and low density lipoprotein commonly referred to as LDL or bad cholesterol.
Lipoprotein density is the most closely correlated marker of heart disease.
Eating a diet consisting of healthy saturated fats naturally increases the HDL cholesterol in the body over time, while leaving the LDL pretty much unaffected. (This may not be true if your weight isn't at a consistent state, i.e. you are losing weight due to better eating habits and exercise.)
I think that beats filling a prescription for statins any day of the week. Don't you agree?
And ladies, research has shown that women who have the highest percentage of their overall fat coming from saturated fats lost the most weight.
Fats help absorb nutrients.
Do you remember back in high school when you were taught the difference between fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins?
Well that wasn't just a bunch of useless science talk.
Vitamins A, D, E, and K are all fat-soluble.
They can’t be used by the body unless they are ushered into your cells by fat!
Fish, nuts, vegetables; you do want the nutrients from those, right?
Fat helps fight sickness.
The fat found in butter and coconut oil helps keep your immune system sharp.
If you don't have enough saturated fat in your white blood cells it hinders their ability to recognize and kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
This is a note to increase and/or swap out the amount of carbs you eat with saturated fat if you find you catch colds and get sick often.Unfortunately stored fat doesn't magically go POOF by spontaneous combustion.
Fat helps you burn fat.
Saturated fat coaxes the liver to dump its fat content. Clearing the liver is the first step in getting rid of mid-body fat storage because it gives stored fat a route out of the body.
Saturated fat also protects the liver by buffering the effects of alcohol and medications.
Fat helps build bone density.
When we are young we are told to drink our milk and eat our Kraft Singles cheese to get the calcium needed to build our bones. But did anyone tell you that saturated fat is essential for calcium to be integrated into the bone?
According to Mary Enig, Ph.D, a research expert in the field of dietary fats and human health, reasons that 50% of the diet of a person with osteoporosis should be made up of saturated fat to help make up for bone loss, as opposed to the 7-10% recommended by mainstream medicine.
With her reasoning, when you think about all the middle-aged women told they shouldn't eat saturated fat and instead to use vegetable oil, it makes sense they start to lose bone mass and density as the years wear on.
Dr. Enig wrote a book entitled The 6-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle: The Simple Plan to Flatten Your Belly Fast. Be sure to check it out for more details on her research about fat as well as other human health findings.
*Olive oil you can eat to your heart’s content. Canola oil on the other hand, I do not condone the use of. Despite what we have been told, canola oil isn't healthy.
In order for our human bodies to use rapeseed oil (which is what canola oil comes from), it has to be heavily processed to get rid of it’s uninviting taste and strong smell.
This whole process damages the oil and creates a man made trans fat.