Health

Saturated Fat is Not Your Enemy

Saturated fats have been demonized for years. We’ve been told that eating more unsaturated fat was healthier. Nowhere in all that talking did they mention the monster, TRANS FAT (like the margarine and crisco shortening a lot of us grew up on).

Unfortunately, saturated fat got the blame for what trans fats were mostly doing, and folks trying to be healthy ran away from some of healthiest fats you can eat (saturated fat… yeah, i said it)! There is much good to be said for saturated fat, including the protective effects it has against certain toxins.

There are two types of unsaturated fat, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. Polyunsaturated fats aren’t fats that you want the most of, compared to other fats. They are better than trans fats, but not by much. You’re more susceptible to free radicals and certain toxins with constant use of fats that are mostly polyunsaturated, (aka PUFA’s).

Cod liver oil is a PUFA oil that is often promoted as good for you because of its high omega 3 content. It can be good to use it in moderation, but try an herb called purslane also. Omega 3 fats are more beneficial when Omega 6 & 9 are consumed in high amounts. Some other commonly used highly polyunsaturated fats include: soybean oil (aka ‘vegetable oil’), canola oil, corn oil, and safflower oil. These oils can increase inflammation and are high in Omega 6 and Omega 9.

As unsaturated fats go, monounsaturated is better. These fats are found in higher amounts in olive oil, sesame oil, and avocado oil, which also has high amounts of saturated fats.

Saturated fat is high in coconut oil, palm fruit oil, palm kernal oil, cocoa butter, butter and avocado oil, and several fatty meats. These fats are beneficial for healthy brain function, immune function, liver and gallbladder function, nervous system function, and more! Certain saturated fatty acids are even great for killing pathogens like Candida.

Anything that says ‘hydrogenated’ in the ingredients list, run from THAT, please. Hydrogenated fats are trans fats and kill you slowly. Hydrogenated fats LOOK like saturated fats, but they’re basically unsaturated fats that have been infused with hydrogen which makes it change from liquidy oil to solid (hence looking like saturated fat ). This stuff is the worst of the worst.

One of the most important things is balance. Too much of anything can be a bad idea, but gaining better understanding of what “too much” is is necessary.

You deserve to be mo better!

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