Or . . . why saturated fats are good for you.
Raise your hand if you’ve been sauteing your veggies in canola oil, olive oil or margarine for the past 20 years?
We’ve been duped. All of us. We’ve been told that saturated fats are bad and vegetable oils are good. That Americans are obese because of foods like butter and other saturated fats. We’ve been fooled into believing that we should eat something called “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” instead of just eating butter itself. Well guess what?
Butter is back! (and as a side note, so is bacon)
100 years ago, when Americans primarily ate saturated fats, only 1 in 100 people were obese and coronary artery disease was nonexistent. It’s not fat that makes us fat. It’s unhealthy carbohydrates that are causing obesity in America.
So pass the butter, please. And the coconut oil, avocados, olives and nuts. Go ahead and eat olive oil, too, but don’t cook with it. Canola oil? Throw that stuff away. Same with sunflower, safflower, corn and soybean. And margarine (have you read the label on this stuff?). There is nothing healthy and life-giving about any of these oils. They are filled with omega 6 fats. Omega 6 fats are necessary to keep us healthy, but only when in balance with omega 3 fats, found primarily in fish. Most Americans are getting 20 times the amount of omega 6 than omega 3. That’s a very bad ratio, and caused mostly by the addition of these vegetable oils to our American diets. This will make you sick at the cellular level–heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases. Bad stuff.
While you’re at it, go ahead and add a good omega 3 supplement (fish-based please) to your diet as well. We don’t eat nearly enough of those. Your brain, heart, eyes, and joints will thank you. I use Nordic Naturals ProOmega.
So to recap . . . butter, good. Canola, soybean, corn, safflower, and sunflower oil, bad. Olive oil, good, if you don’t cook with it. And if you save back some of that bacon fat (nitrate/nitrite-free, please) to season your green beans . . . no harm , no foul! Just don’t overdo it.
Make sure that butter is organic, too. From grass-fed cows. Otherwise, it’s full of pesticides from the garbage that cows are fed. I’m picky about coconut oil, too. I purchase the green label from Tropical Traditions. I also apply it to my face every day and my hair once a week. It’s an amazing moisturizer.
Don’t go nuts (ha!) with the fats. We don’t need that much. But we do need some. Every day. There are important nutrients we’re consuming in the rest of our diet that need fat to help our bodies absorb them. Balance and moderation are key.