No you didn’t read that wrong… saturated fat is indeed HEALTHY.
If you are eating paleo already you probably know all about this and will most likely be bored.. so you can skip to the bottom of this post to see an unbelievably cute picture of my dog before you go off to fry up something yum in a big blob of butter. ( because butter is full of vitamins and good fat).
For the rest of you… please carry on reading because I am about to give you a really TASTY and HEALTHY wake up call.
The greatest misconception is that saturated fat clogs arteries and causes heart disease.
What actually causes arteries to clog is inflammation – caused by the low fat diets everyone thinks are so healthy- too much omega 6 oils, processed carbohydrates and food, mineral deficiencies, vitamin deficiencies and the lack of animal fats and tropical oils in our diet.. If there was no inflammation… the cholestrol would be free to move as nature intended.
Sally Fallon, author of ‘Nourishing traditions’ said this about milk, ‘ real milk has all the fat in it. The way nature intended. That fat is there for a reason, nature doesn’t make mistakes`
I love that quote and it applies to all fat- what is this margarine nonsense?? Low fat yoghurt? Low fat cheese? Low fat everything?! Don’t even get me started on DIET SODA! Has it made the world any healthier? No- we are more obese then ever before. Have people stopped getting heart disease and diabetes? NO!
So where is the problem??
We have strayed away from WHOLE FOODS. REAL FOODS. The way NATURE INTENDED.
I personally couldn’t care less what my cholestrol levels are. I DO care that I eat lots of anti inflammatory foods rich in Omega 3- healthy saturated fats, meat, eggs, veggies.
So we have covered the fact that eating saturated fat is healthy and doesn;t cause heart disease…
What about those who are worried that eating nutrient rich butter and other fats will make them fat?
This has nothing to do with genetics- I am of Eastern European Jewish decent. I grew up on challah bread, kneidelach and kugel. Believe me this has nothing to do with genetics.
The genetics argument is something I hear a lot… `oh but its easy for you, thats your build. ‘
Well- no this is not my ‘natural’ build. If I stopped lifting weights and started eating a modern day diet of processed junk I would lose my lean muscle mass and gain body fat. Simple.
Here are some other great articles to read:
And this is a GREAT little clip on youtube
And for those of you who are just here for the dog:
I tried to make this as easy to read as possible- as usual if I left anything out please feel free to add any extra information you have, links, books etc… and if you have any questions I’ll be happy to try and answer them.