Good Healthy Fats
If you haven’t already, read my blog on vegetarianism vs. animal fats to see why your body needs good fats. We also talked about good fats in my teleseminar with renowned holistic dentist, Dr. Hal Huggins.
Since this is SUCH a maligned topic, I’m gonna keep talking about it!
Remember, the cell membrane is 40% fat – what does that say to you about your body’s need for fat? And of course, it has to be bioavailable fat, in the right forms, that your body can use. Here’s my video where I show you which fats to eat and how to work them into your diet:
Dr. Joe Mercola has just posted an excellent article on this topic, here’s the summary:
- The hypothesis that saturated fat causes heart disease was based on cherry-picked statistics that have long since been refuted and proven incorrect, but the dogmatic belief that fat is bad for you still persists with nearly all physicians and the media
- Saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources provide the building blocks for your cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances that are essential to your health. They also act as carriers for fat-soluble vitamins, and are required for mineral absorption and for a host of other biological processes
- There are more than a dozen different types of saturated fat, but you predominantly consume only three: stearic acid, palmitic acid and lauric acid. It’s been well-established that stearic acid (found in cocoa and animal fat) has no effect on your cholesterol levels. The other two, palmitic and lauric acid, raise “good” cholesterol as much or more than “bad” cholesterol; thereby actually lowering your risk of heart disease
- Healthful fats include olives, olive oil, coconut oil, butter from raw grass-fed milk, raw nuts, organic eggs, grass-fed meats, and avocados, just to name a few
Here are the forms of fat that your body CANNOT use:
- Hydrogenated vegetable oils
- Regular Mayonnaise
And here are the good fats your body NEEDS:
- Saturated animal fat – Yes! Imagine that – the processed food industry is wrong! Your body actually needs natural fats from animals. Just like we’ve been eating for thousands of years. BUT when you eat animal fats today, they must be from organic, pasture-fed animals – otherwise there are too many toxins stored in the fat.
- Cold-pressed olive oil, hempseed oil, flax oil, Udo’s oil – again, make sure all are organic.
- Unrefined coconut oil
- Fish Oils – this includes cod liver oil and other omega3 oils
- Mayonnaise made from cold-pressed oils – here’s the best mayonnaise recipe I’ve found.
Lastly, if you’re still paranoid that eating good fats will make you gain weight, then check out the book and eating program: Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig PhD. There are some excellent recipes there you can get going with immediately.
p.s. I received this question on the video from a YouTube viewer and I’m sure some of you have similar questions, so here it is:
Hi My name is Barbara,
I watched your video. I found it very interesting. I have a few questions.
For the butter I buy Organic Meadow Cultured butter unsalted is that a good one to use? My olive oil is President’s choice Extra Virgin olive oil First cold pressed from organic Italian olives. If this is not a good brand, I would love to know the brand of your olive oil. My Cocomut oil is by Omega Nutrition Certified Organic, it is solid white but mine does not have a coconut smell like yours does. Again if mine is not a good one I would like to know where I can buy your coconut oil and what brand it is