The Facts on Fat in 10 Bullet PointsThe Facts on Fat in 10 Bullet Points https://www.thrivehealth.com.au/wp-content/uploads/bigstock-Fresh-meat-and-dairy-products-12361094960.jpg 960 640 Janie Janie https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/73d7b9a4bcaf7c63f4a42c753b4c008d?s=96&d=mm&r=g
First, let’s be clear on what we mean by fat. You need to eat a significant amount of high quality natural fats from sources such as free range bred animals, fish, coconut oils and free range grass fed dairy. This is vital to our health. The fat in processed foods such as chips, snacks and take away fried foods has no place in any human diet and is very harmful to your health. So when you see the advert for the chips that boasts 75% less fat, this is meaningless as the product itself is highly processed and harmful. If you don’t eat processed foods then you will not be at risk. Eat meat, eggs, fish, dairy, nuts & seeds and cook with coconut oil, olive oil and enjoy a crispy piece of free range bacon several times per week!
Eating fat does not make you fat: weight loss programs that count calories steer clear of fat as it has more calories per gram than carbohydrates or protein. This is actually irrelevant as all calories are treated differently by every individual body and we know now that counting calories does not work in the real world anyway. We have more than enough evidence now to prove that it is excessive carbohydrates that makes us fat, not fat. Read this: http://authoritynutrition.com/23-studies-on-low-carb-and-low-fat-diets/
If fat makes us fat, why then, since the authorities told us to eat less fat, has cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes risen at exponential rates. Ask your GP, he will be unable to explain this fact. Low fat diets have been catastrophic for human health.
Eating fat helps you retain muscle – many clinical studies also show us that weight lost when eating a high fat diet is from stored fat, and that muscle mass is retained. On the contrary a low fat diet may help you lose weight short-term but a large portion of the weight will be muscle. Maintaining muscle mass is vital for maintaining metabolic rate and for healthy aging.
Saturated fats do not cause heart disease – this is a myth that has never been proven. The early scientific research used to perpetuate this myth grouped healthy natural animal fats with synthetic trans fats. But now we have research revealing the true picture: A 2010 study combining 21 papers and almost 350,000 people showed us conclusively that there is no association between saturated fats and heart disease.
“There is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD.”
Read the summary of the research here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2824152/
Saturated fat IMPROVES your heart disease markers – while saturated fat does slightly increase LDL cholesterol, this is the type of LDL that is large and buoyant that is not associated with heart disease. It is processed carbohydrates and sugar that increases the small, dense LDL cholesterol which is associated with increased heart disease risk. Saturated fat also raises HDL cholesterol that reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. Cholesterol is vital for life and vital to brain and nerve health and is the most potent anti-inflammatory we have in our body.
Saturated fat is essential for life. Foods containing saturated fats contain nutrients vital for life – like Vitamin A, E & K2. Saturated fat is important for cell membrane function, vitamin transportation, mineral absorption, blood sugar control, immunity and controlling inflammation.
Saturated fats are stable at high heat – they don’t react with oxygen and break down into toxic compounds like polyunsaturated vegetables oils do. Vegetable oils are highly processed, synthetic and are made using solvent extraction, bleaching and deodorising and have anti-oxidants added to them to prevent them becoming rancid. When it comes to butter or margarine you are better off trusting Mother Nature’s cow not the food scientist employed by a company trying to increase shareholder value.
Fat is satiating and keeps us fuller for longer, which means we don’t snack and ultimately eat less food. If we are not eating enough fat then it is hard to get the calories that our body requires so we eat refined carbohydrates and sugar to compensate. This is just one way that high fat diets diet help us lose weight for the long term.
Fat is the body’s preferred source of energy – that’s why we are made from fat. It burns for a long time and is easy to store and release if you are healthy. If we eat too much sugar and refined carbohydrate our body is unable to use stored fat. So we get fat.
A caveat – fat can make you fat if you eat it with processed carbohydrates and sugar. In this case the insulin secreted due to the high sugar meal turns on the storage of all calories as body fat. Just stick to high quality natural fat sources as part of a balanced of real food and you will thrive.