Okay so does anyone know the worst rap ever? Give up?
The worst rap ever is not from Gucci Mane or Lil Wayne…
The worst rap ever is that ALL FAT IS BAD.
We have all been “advised” to eat a low fat diet and watch our fat intake otherwise we’ll get FAT! Well we are here to tell you that it’s not true. Yes, you read right eating “fat” will not make you fat. Now if you combine fat with sugar, other carbs and a touch of salt that is a recipe for fat and a lot of it. Let us give you the short version.
You have to go back in time to a flawed study from the mid-1950’s when Dr. Ancel Keys published a paper comparing saturated fat intake and it’s relationship to heart disease mortality. 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 ignored data from 16 other countries that did not fit his theory. This study was the basis for many of the recommendations from the American Medical Association to recommend “low-fat diets” and to avoid all fats.
Had Keys 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. And, if all 22 countries for which data was available at the time of his study are included, you find that those who consume the highest percentage of saturated fat have the lowest risk of heart disease.
Saturated fats from clean animal and vegetable sources provide both a concentrated source of energy in your diet and the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances.
Fats help with the following:
- When consumed as part of your meal they make you feel full faster by slowing down absorption.
- They act as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
- It is used for many other biological processes.
Ensure that you eat the right fats in the right way.
Use avocado oil or coconut oil for cooking. They are superior to any other cooking oils in that they have high smoke points (525 and 450 degrees respectively) and are loaded with health benefits. Olive oil should be used cold. It can be drizzled over cooked veggies or fish and used in dressings.
To keep you full and provide a STEADY energy source be sure to include healthy raw fats. Raw fats come from sources such as avocados, raw nuts (walnuts are my favorite!) and coconut oil. Also take a high-quality source of animal-based Omega – 3 such as krill oil. You may also find that when you increase the healthy fats that we have mentioned your cravings for sugar actually go down as your body has a source of energy and you eliminate the feelings of hunger.
How much fat do you need?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends between 20-35 percent for adults, and 25-35 percent for children between the ages of four and 18.
Most of us actually need upwards of 50 percent of healthful fats in our diets. Both Paul Jaminet, PhD., author of Perfect Health Diet, and Dr. Ron Rosedale, M.D., and expert on treating diabetes through diet both agree that the ideal diet includes somewhere between 50-70 percent fat.
For those of you that have followed the OH Detox you know that the consumption of fats is encouraged. Whether consumed raw as in dressings for salads or smoothies or in the form of nuts for snacks.
Don’t let years of misinformation in being told “fat is bad” hold you back from living a healthier lifestyle, enjoying tastier food and having more energy!
If you have any questions or comments please let us know and we will do our best to answer and encourage you to a healthier way of living!
Have a fantastic weekend and enjoy family and friends!
Warm hugs (hot hugs in the case of our Georgia crowd.:)),
Donna and Daniela