FAT FRIDAY – Why FAT is GOOD for You!

It is FAT FRIDAY!  Every Friday I will cover the topic of FATS.  I feel that FAT has earned the right to have a full day of attention – every single week.

Just the other day, I received a text from a client about this very topic.  She was having a hard time wrapping her beautiful mind around the fact that FAT can be GOOD for you.  I gave her some resources to check out the data for herself!  I celebrate this questioning.   Too many people don’t question what they are told.  That has gotten us into trouble and into this very predicament of not knowing what to believe when we are told by the “Experts” what is healthy for us.   

The truth is, Fat has been the most falsely demonized nutrient of all.   Not even the worst political campaign could do to an opponent what our food industry and government have done to fat.  Truly, fat has gotten an undeserved BAD RAP! 

There is no doubt that if you were to take a poll of everyone you know…most would confess to being on a low-fat diet!  Scratch that, actually!  Most would confess to being on a low-fat LIFESTYLE. 

The low-fat craze came into vogue in the early 1990’s.  However, fat had been misunderstood and slandered long before that!  The real demonization began in the 1950’s, from a researcher named Ancel Keys.  He created the Lipid Hypothesis, which stated that there was a direct relationship between the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet and in the incidence of coronary heart disease.  However, when other researches reviewed Ancel Keys’ work, they found significant flaws in it.   

This is when corruption enters into the equation.  The food industry dipped into their deep pockets to promote Ancel Keys and his hypothesis.  Their actions were driven by their motive to increase the sale of their processed vegetable oils.  Sadly, the food industry did a better job promoting the hypothesis than the other researchers did revealing the flaws. 

I think it is really interesting to note that the first documented heart attack in America didn’t occur until 1921.* The Food Giants (main food manufactures) entered into the market around the early 1900’s.  Prior to 1921, heart disease was pretty much NON-EXISTENT.   If you think about your grandparents/great grandparents, all that they had to live on was mostly natural food that could be raised or grown on a farm.  They didn’t have packaged/processed foods – or the foods of “convenience” as some people may call it.  All they had was pure natural sources of food and FAT.  They had lard, eggs, butter, raw full-fat dairy, BACON, beef tallow and other natural animal sources of fat.  They didn’t have bottled canola oil or vegetable oil!  Yet, they also didn’t have HEART ATTACKS…at least until 1921, when processed vegetable oils were readily available and on the market!  However, food manufacturers couldn’t make a profit on NATURAL products such as these….no, these products were too pure for profits!

When you really start to think about it; doesn’t it make sense that NATURE would provide the best sources of food for our bodies?  Processing vegetables to make oils is very unnatural!  The processing alone should make one question whether it is truly something we should be consuming.

Some really great sources to research on this matter are “The Oiling of America,” By Sally Fallon, “Put Your Heart in Your Mouth,” by Dr. Natasha Campbell, “Know Your Fats,” by M. G. Enig and “Nourishing Traditions,” by Sally Fallon.  Also, check out the Weston A Price website, www.westonaprice.org, for further articles explaining why FAT is GOOD for you.   

I could spend days on this topic, and over time, I am most certain that I will! However, I am going to start this first FAT FRIDAY out by just telling you how IMPORTANT FAT ACTUALLY IS TO YOUR BODY.

The roles of fat are numerous to your body.  One of the most important roles is that it functions as a slow burning source of energy.  It also makes you FEEL FULL & SATISFIED. 

When I lived the low-fat SAD lifestyle, I NEVER felt full.  I always wondered if something was wrong with me because I would hear people say that they felt full, but I never experienced that sensation.  As I started to learn about how important healthy fat is to our body, I slowly incorporated more into my diet and I felt like I had discovered the greatest secret to life!  Fat actually will make you feel full and you won’t need to eat AS MUCH in order to be satisfied!   It is truly a remarkable feeling to experience…and if you can get beyond the brainwashing that we have all had for the past 60 years on the evils of fat, you most certainly will experience it for yourself.

I have a friend who recently moved here from New Zealand and she claims that she put on 15 lbs. almost within a month due to the fact that the SAD (Standard American Diet) never filled her up!  She noted that in New Zealand there aren’t many low-fat options, mostly everything was full fat.   The interesting thing was that she didn’t seem to need to eat as much in New Zealand in order to feel full.  Yes, there is so much truth to the fact that FAT makes you FEEL FULL. 

To wrap up this FAT FRIDAY, I am going to summarize the very important roles and fats.  Then, I am going to give you a list of fat choices to choose from in hot and cold uses.  The credit for this PERFECT list was goes to BALANCED BITES  (www.balancedbites.com) and the wonderful Diane Sanfilippino.  Check out her site!   Keep this list handy as you start to learn about FATS.  Over time I will prove to you why these FAT CHOICES are THE BEST FOR YOU.  Rest assured that I don’t have any corrupt motives or any processed vegetable oils to sell you!  :)

THE IMPORTANT ROLES OF FAT:

  • Provide a source of slow burning energy

 

  • Are building blocks for cell membranes and hormones
    • EVERY cell in our body is made of lipid bi-layers that make up the cell walls (EVERY CELL IN OUR BODY!)

 

  • Are required for the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A,D,E, K
    • Without fat your body can’t absorb these vitamins –even if you are supplementing with them

 

  • Are required for the adequate use of proteins
    • If you don’t have enough fat you can’t use your proteins

 

  • Serve as a protective lining for the organs of the body

 

  • Play a role in slowing the absorption of food and proper energy regulation
    • When you consume sugars with fats, it slows the uptake of the carbs so that you get a more steady supply so you don’t over spike your blood sugar and spike your insulin

 

  • Make food taste good
    • When you take the fat out you have to put something else in to make people want to consume it – people put sugar in it!  We are getting way too much sugar!  Never before in the history of mankind have we had an EMERGENCY NEED to LOWER BLOOD SUGAR.  High blood sugar = inflammation and heart disease!

The Perfect LIST:  (Right Click on it to SAVE IT and PRINT IT = READABLE!)

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Stay posted…there is more to come……

Blessings & health,

Jen

*Source of Information:  Sally Fallon – “The Oiling of America”

 

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