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How To Improve Your Health By Eating More Saturated Fats

Written by: Nick Jack
Category: 2014
on 15 March 2014
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The benefits of Saturated Fats, along with abuse of Cardio training is by far the most misunderstood and controversial health and fitness concept we talk about with our clients. Conventional medical authorities say that consumption of saturated animal fats is bad for you and causes heart disease. We are told “ If you eat too much fat you will get fat”. But a hundred years ago, fewer than one in one hundred Australians were obese, and coronary heart disease was virtually unknown, and the typical diet consisted of butter, full fat milk, bacon and eggs for breakfast with meat and lunch and dinner. We still regularly get clients who have told us they are on a low fat diet because they were told to do this to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, lose weight etc. We then ask them has this been working for you so far and how long have you been doing this? In some cases they have been doing this for over 10 years! And still persisting with something that does not work, but if anything making them worse! I believe this is called the definition of insanity. But why are people so confused? Where did all this confusion come from anyway and how do can you find the correct research to give you the right information. In many cases clever marketing has fooled us but even our so called Government standards have also been tricked. No wonder we are so confused.

FIRST STEP IS TO EDUCATE YOURSELF WITH CREDITIBLE SOURCES

Well the very first thing you have to do is read the book “Nutrition & Physical Degeneration” by Weston A Price. You can also read in online ( http://www.journeytoforever.org/farm_library/price/pricetoc.html )

In this book you will find conclusive proof of people who were living predominately on saturated fats, yet having no trace of Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes or any type of chronic disease that is so prevalent in today’s society. If you want to no about Nutrition this should be the very first book you ever read. Also check out articles at http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/skinny-on-fats.

I highly recommend subscribing to Dr Mercola’s website. www.mercola.com

And lastly reading the book “Big Fat Lies” by David Gillespie

All of these references are where the information in this article are from.

Lastly read the book “Metabolic Typing” by Bill Wolcott and Trish Fahey to find out the exact ratio of Proteins, Fats and Carbohydrates for you or consult with a qualified Metabolic Typing advisor or CHEK Practitioner.

 

WHERE DID THE CONFUSION START?

Procter and Gamble are one of the first who are attributed with the confusion. who started marketing Crisco as a new kind of food -- the first commercially marketed trans fat. Crisco was originally used to make candles and soap, but with electrification causing a decline in candle sales, and the temptation to sell their product as food was too great. At the time butter and lard were the preferred cooking choices and had been used for generations so in order to generate more sales it was marketed as a healthier alternative to animal fats and more economical than butter. Within a short time of Procter and Gamble deciding to promote their product as a “healthier” all-vegetable-derived food had the sales of margarine increased from 1.2 million kgs in 1908 to 27.2 million kgs in 1912! But the real killer of saturated fat began in 1953, when Dr. Ancel Keys published a paper comparing saturated fat intake and heart disease mortality. His theory turned out to have many holes in it, but the bad rap of saturated fat has continued ever since. Keys based his theory on a study of six countries, in which higher saturated fat intake equated to higher rates of heart disease. However, he conveniently ignored data from 16 other countries that did not fit his theory. Had he chosen a different set of countries, the data would have shown that increasing the percent of calories from fat reduces the number of deaths from coronary heart disease. When you include all 22 countries for which data was available at the time of his study, you find that those who consume the highest percentage of saturated fat have the lowest risk of heart disease. Furthermore, many have now realized that it's the trans fat found in margarine, vegetable shortening, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils that is the true villain, causing far more significant health problems than saturated fat ever could! A number of indigenous tribes around the world are living proof that a high-saturated fat diet equates to low mortality from heart disease.

For example Eskimos in the Arctic who eat mainly Whale meat and blubber and have approximately 75% saturated fat, yet there were no reported cases of heart disease, cholesterol & blood pressure issues that we are faced with today.

Again I would refer to the book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” to see even more examples of this.

It is also important to note that human breast milk contains 54 percent saturated fat! Since breast milk is the most perfect diet in existence for developing infants, don't you think it is strange that as adults we are being told it is bad for us?

A meta-analysis published in 2012, which pooled data from 21 studies and included nearly 348,000 adults, found no difference in the risks of heart disease and stroke between people with the lowest and highest intakes of saturated fat.

Another 2010 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a reduction in saturated fat intake must be evaluated in the context of replacement by other macronutrients, such as carbohydrates.  When you replace saturated fat with a higher carbohydrate intake, particularly refined carbohydrate, you exacerbate insulin resistance and obesity, increase triglycerides and small LDL particles, and reduce beneficial HDL cholesterol. The authors state that dietary efforts to improve your cardiovascular disease risk should primarily emphasize the limitation of refined carbohydrate intake, and weight reduction.

The last point is very important, and along with sugar is the main reason for explaining the rampant increase in obesity, heart disease and diabetes. 

 

The Different Types of Fats

You can divide fats into four types:

Saturated fats, from animal fat and tropical oils

Monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil

Polyunsaturated fat, such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatsTrans fats, such as margarine, mayonnaise, salad dressings etc.

The Healthy Fats are Olives and Olive oil, Coconuts and coconut oil, Butter made from raw grass-fed organic milk Raw Nuts such as almonds or pecans, Avocados, Grass fed meats, Palm oil and unheated organic nut oils.

The Bad fats are Corn oil, Soy oil, Canola oil, Safflower oil Sunflower oil. These are the fats you need to avoid. These are foods like margarine, fried foods, salad dressings etc

 

Healthy Fat Tips to Live By

Use organic butter made from raw grass-fed milk instead of margarines and vegetable oil spreads. Butter is a healthy whole food that has received an unwarranted bad rap. This food has high levels of vitamin A and was commonly used as a medical supplement with Cod Liver Oil back in the 1920’s to provide nutritional health to people who had been lacking this due to the Great Depression and food rationing.

Use coconut oil for cooking. It is far superior to any other cooking oil and is loaded with health benefits. (Remember that olive oil should be used COLD, drizzled over salad or fish, for example, not to cook with.)

Focus on healthy whole foods instead of processed foods. To round out your healthy fat intake, be sure to eat raw fats, such as those from avocados, raw dairy products, and olive oil, and also take a high-quality source of animal-based omega-3 fat, such as krill oil. The benefits of Saturated Fats are overwhelming and if you are currently on a low fat diet I would recommend making some small changes by converting to full fat foods over a period of time. Read the links and books that I have put in this article to show you that you are currently basing your health and nutrition plan on something that does not work and will ultimately lead to poor health.

If you follow our Metabolic Typing Nutrition Plan you will find the ratio right for you as not everyone can eat the same ratio to be healthy.

Reference: www.mercola.com & Big Fat Lies by David Gillespie