Good Fats – Bad Fats

All Fats Are Not Bad

 

If you are like most Americans you believe that fat is bad for you, especially saturated fat.

The truth is some fats are bad for us and some fats are actually very good for us.

Fat doesn’t necessarily cause disease, and in many cases it can actually aid in its prevention.

For more than 40 years, Americans have been told that they need to restrict saturated fat in their diets. And many of us switched to margarine from butter, and did what we could to restrict our fat consumption.

We have been constantly told that the reason for our health problems is that we still eat too much fat, especially saturated fat.

Ever since Americans started switching to a low fat diets to lose weight, the results are that nearly two-thirds of adult Americans are now classified as overweight and one-third are classified as obese.

More children are overweight now than ever before. Obviously something is wrong. We were given the wrong information and what we really need is the good fats in our diets that we are not getting. 

 

The Real Bad Fats

 

I grew up being told that vegetable oils were the good oils and saturated fats were the bad ones. Now we are finding out that it is just the opposite.

It turns out that the bad guys are polyunsaturated oils, which carry toxic fatty acids (long chain fatty acids or LCT’s). These LCT’s tend to produce fat in the body.

Polyunsaturated oils are the vegetable oils we commonly see in the grocery store, such as soy, corn, cottonseed, canola and safflower.

When cooked they become rancid in a few hours, even in the refrigerator. This causes damage to our body at the cellular level, and shows up as problems like diabetes, cancer, hypothyroidism and heart disease.

And if that is not enough, these oils help us to get fat, lower our metabolic rate, decreases our thyroid’s ability to function properly and cause our skin to age quicker.

Trans-fat is the worst of the bad guys. These trans-fatty acids often appear on ingredient labels as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.

Hydrogenation of vegetable oils turns them into artificial saturated fats such as margarine and vegetable shortening. The major benefits of hydrogenation is it prevents spoilage and because they are solid, they can be packaged and transported cheaper.

They are used in the processed food industry in baked goods like cookies, crackers, and most supermarket peanut butter to prolong the food’s shelf life.

These bad fats are used almost exclusively in many restaurants and fast foods outlets to fry foods. Eating out can be hazardous to you health if you eat any fried or deep fried foods.

When heated and eaten, they turn toxic in your system, because your body cannot process this kind of chemically made fat.

Trans-fats have been linked to heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Fats such as margarine and shortening should be totally avoided, as well as foods items that contain them.

 

The Good Fats

 

Coconut and Palm oil are medium-chain fatty acids (MCT’s) and they promote weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolism to create energy.

Coconut oil and Palm oil are nature’s richest source of MTC’s. When deciding to add coconut oil to your diet, it is recommended that you purchase virgin coconut oil (VCO), because it  has not been chemically bleached and heat processed.

Olive oil is another good fat. It is a monounsaturated oil and unlike soy, corn, canola and the other bad fats it doesn’t turn rancid when exposed to air and contribute to diseases.

Even saturated fat from animals is not as bad as it once was thought to be, especially if it is from organically raised animals (free range and grass fed).

Organic butter has a very high conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) content, which helps us lose weight and gain muscle.

Nitrate free organic bacon is another healthy source of saturated fat that is beneficial to include in your diet. If you love bacon, organic nitrate free bacon is something you can eat regularly without incurring any health risks.

Non-organic meats may still be dangerous because of the way the animals are raised or fed. Most grocery store meats are filled with hormones, pesticides, medicines and unhealthy fat that gets transferred to us when we eat it.

Organic grass fed and free range meat and eggs avoid these problems, and give us a much healthier source of protein and saturated fat.

Organic saturated fats and oils are actually good for you and should be eaten daily. The body needs these fats for healthy functioning.

So, forget the guilt and fry up that range-fed chicken in some coconut oil and enjoy!

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