Noodles with bouillon-water sauce, fat free saltine crackers with fat free American cheese slices, fat free hot dogs, fat free candy, skim milk, egg whites, fat free cookies and diet soda…
These were staples in my diet in my teenage years and early 20’s. Fat was the enemy, so I avoided it at ALL costs. I filled my body with highly sugared, highly processed garbage and thought I was being “healthy”. I was very misinformed and very wrong. I was missing out in all things awesome: Bacon, [easyazon_link identifier=”B0032RPLSY” locale=”US” tag=”thenakephar-20″]ghee[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link identifier=”B000QV1PS4″ locale=”US” tag=”thenakephar-20″]coconut oil[/easyazon_link], avocado, beef and bacon. Oh, did I already say bacon? 😉 Fat was not the enemy. It took a while for me to come to grips with this. I realized in my mid 20’s that the processed sugary garbage I lived off of was poisoning my body. I was able to switch to lean meats, vegetables & fruits but was still wary of the “dreaded fat”. I knew that the fat scare was based off of a study (The Seven Countries Study) that made a correlation between saturated fat and heart disease. This study had major flaws not taking into account other lifestyle and diet choices, including sugar intake, smoking rates and exercise. While the study only reported on 7 countries, they actually started with data from 22. The other 15 countries DID NOT show a correlation to a diet with high saturated fat intake and heart disease…so they were LEFT OUT! Due to this the study should have been thrown aside but they actually ran with it. This anti-saturated fat stance grew and public health policy was built on this ill informed notion. Fat was bad and the food pyramid, that we still go by, came into existence in the 1990’s. We teach our children this idea still today. This is SAD. In the United States, even though our saturated fat consumption has decreased by 10%, our obesity level has doubled and heart disease is still the number one killer….
Saturated Fat’s Bad Rap!
There are two kinds of cholesterol in our blood. HDL is our “good” cholesterol and LDL is our “bad” cholesterol. Saturated fat is believed to raise bad cholesterol levels. If we look further into LDL cholesterol we will find that there are big floaty “type A” particles and small dense “type B” particles. The small dense particles are the type that have shown to be linked to heart disease. Saturated fat consumption has been shown to raise Type A levels. Carbohydrate consumption had been shown to raise Type B levels. So if we are worried about raising our risk of heart disease we should limit our carbohydrate intake rather than our fat intake.
Saturated Fat is our Friend!
There are many positives of this fat that we have been hiding from. Saturated fat has been shown to help liver function and increase free testosterone levels which can aid in tissue repair, muscle preservation and improved sexual function. Saturated fatty acids also help white blood cells recognize and destroy bacteria and viruses boosting immunity. When eaten in moderation it has not been shown to cause an increase in weight even though it is high in calories. And it tastes awesome!
Don’t Get me Wrong!
Not all fat is created equal. I am not saying to go out and engorge in fast food, donuts, and processed creations. Eat grass-fed meat, coconuts, avocados, grass-fed butter or ghee and whole eggs. Spend a little more on healthy food and less on healthcare. Buy healthy high quality food and don’t fear the fat.
I finally overcame my fat fear and started enjoying bacon, beef, and whole eggs all drenched in yummy drippy [easyazon_link identifier=”B001LNPHNA” locale=”US” tag=”thenakephar-20″]grass-fed butter [/easyazon_link] or [easyazon_link identifier=”B000QV1PS4″ locale=”US” tag=”thenakephar-20″] coconut oil[/easyazon_link]. I did not gain weight and feel better and healthier than ever. I now get all of my meat and eggs from an amazing farm-share. I know what I am eating and where it came from. That feels amazing.
Don’t be afraid of the fat. Arm yourself with knowledge and join us in this food revolution. We are mapping it out easily for you with our Stripped Diet. Enjoy a healthy life filled with healthy yummy fat. I mean…who doesn’t miss bacon? ~Emily~