I often hear clients say that despite reducing their fat intake, they still are having weight problems, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure and other health issues. We are told to keep fat intake to a minimum for fear of gaining weigh and creating health issues.
Where did this idea come from? All we need to do is look at other societies and our own past to understand that low-fat diets are a current American theory. Our ancestors of 60-plus years ago didn’t eat low fat. In fact, many years ago, low fat meat was considered of lesser value and seeking animals, fish, etc., with full fat was desired. They knew that fat from whole food was critical for normal body function. Fats from animals and full fat dairy have fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K in the perfect ratio for human health. These vitamins not only interact with each other, but with other nutrients and metabolic factors as well. The numerous benefits of these fat soluble vitamins are too numerous to mention. Basically, you should know that they are necessary for hundreds of processes in the body. They need to be consumed with fat or you body can’t use them.
There are so many problems with low fat foods that aren’t meant to be low fat. The further we stray from nature, the more difficulty our bodies have.
The following nutrient dense fats have nourished healthy population groups for thousands of years before our industrialized new-fangled approach to diet began.
- Tallow and suet from beef and lamb
- Lard from pigs
- Chicken, goose and duck fat
- Coconut oils
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Expeller-pressed sesame and peanut oils
- Expeller-pressed flax oil (small amounts)
The following newfangled fats can cause cancer, heart disease, immune system disfunction, sterility, learning disabilities, growth problems, and osteoporosis:
- All hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils
- Industrially processed liquids, oils – such as soy, corn, safflower, cottonseed, and canola
- Fats and oils (especially vegetable oils) heated to high temperatures in processing and frying
It’s important to note that not all fats are the same. Don’t be fooled by low fat or no fat foods. There are many problems with food that has been manipulated this way.
Eat naturally occurring fats from healthy oils and animal meats. This is what your body wants and needs