Fat is healthy

Stop fearing this essential nutrient

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Fats, prostaglandins and anti-inflammatory drugs

An important part of nourishing yourself well is including plenty of healthy fats in the diet. Fats are the building blocks of many things in the body including cells, hormones and prostaglandins, regulators of inflammation. Fat can be either saturated (butter, beef...

Why vegetable oils are toxic

Vegetable oils are dangerous, not a healthy saturated fat alternative. They’re unstable, release free radicals and cause oxidative damage. In this post learn all about the dangers of vegetable oils and trans-fats and how to make healthier choices.

The A No Grainer guide to cooking fats

With so many fats available, it can be tricky to choose which one is best, particularly for different occasions types of food. Here's where my cooking fats guide can come in handy. Foods that are made of mainly saturated fatty acids (SFAs) are the best for cooking....

Eat fat for weight management and weight loss!

We have long been told to avoid fat, but the science was wrong! Today I explain how you should eat fat for weight management and even weight loss. Understand the science behind it in this interesting, but easy-to-understand post.

Saturated fat is healthy: the truth about fat and cholesterol

For years we have been told to fear and avoid saturated fat. Governments and official nutrition bodies are some of the biggest proponents of this advice.
Today I am here to tell you that it has all been a big saturated fat lie!
Learn why saturated fat is healthy and cholesterol is essential for your body.

For years we have been told to avoid it, but fat is critical for good health. Fat is an important macronutrient that plays a pivotal role in many of the body’s processes that keep us healthy. The right fats are very nourishing, full of extra vitamins and minerals and essential in helping our bodies absorb the nutrition we need.

Since the end of WWII; however, a growing trend toward low-fat and in particular low saturated fat developed. Ever since there has been huge amounts of misinformation about saturated fat, which has helped to generate multibillion-dollar low fat and vegetable oil industries.

Why are we so afraid of saturated fat?

When we look at the foods that saturated fat occurs in naturally – foods that we have eaten historically, it doesn’t make sense that we demonise this form of fat.

In these articles we will first take a look at why the western world has grown to demonise an entire macronutrient – fat. We will then look at which fats are healthy and why incorporating them in your diet is a great idea

Saturated fats are often the ones found in nature, yet we go out of our way to avoid them. 

Instead of nutrient dense eggs, meat and butter many of us choose the man-made replacements that are pushed by industry to sell seed oils and ‘diet’ products.

There are three types of fat that we will discuss:

  • Saturated fats: found in animal fats such as butter, dripping, coconut oil, diary etc
  • Monounsaturated fats: found in olive oil, palm oil, lard, avocado and nut oils
  • Polyunsaturated fats: found in oil from corn, sunflower seeds, soybeans (also includes omega 3s, which are found in fish etc)

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