There is so much talk about super-nutrients and super-foods, it can keep your head spinning. These include Vitamin D, DHA and cod liver oil for starters. However, there is one nutrient – not a vitamin and not a mineral – that is not mentioned enough… Click to Continue →
Articles about fats, saturated fats, cholesterol, tallow, lard, butter, ghee, the chemical composition, the good fats, bad fats, etc.
Avocados are gaining in popularity as people have become more informed about the good oils they contain. Adding avocado to salads, dips and meals is a great way to get a nice balance of omega 3 to 6 fatty acids as well as monounsaturated fat… Click to Continue →
Did you ever think about what drives you heart to beat over 100,00 times a day? How does it work so hard without ever stopping? The heart is fueled by Coenzyme Q10. This substance is also called ubiquinone as it is a powerful antioxident found in the cell membranes of virtually every cell in the body. It is also highly concentrated in the heart.
Olive oil has been valued for centuries for it's nutrient content and beneficial effects on health. There are actually hundreds of healthful compounds in olive oil some of which are phenols; which have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticoagulant properties; monounsaturated fats which are known to be heart healthy; and the fat soluble vitamins E and K. While there are many types of olive oil to choose from, only the highest quality will offer the greatest health benefits. Let me explain.
Possibly the most demonized substance in our body, cholesterol is entirely misunderstood. We need cholesterol in order to be healthy and we now have a health crisis created by the pharmaceutical companies and their desire to sell billions of dollars worth of statin drugs to unsuspecting people. And your children are targeted next.
I just received a quart of beef tallow from my farmer (amazing what I can get excited about!) and tonight I'm going to fry something in it. Probably fish or crab cakes. Traditionally, tallow was used for high heat frying in most fast food restaurants because it remained very stable under high heat conditions and imparted a good flavor. The switch was made in the 1970's when the vegetable oil industry gained power and propagandized the (supposed) benefits of polyunsaturated fats.
While the new USDA graphic is certainly a prettier picture and does convey information with more clarity, they forgot a MAJOR macronutrient group. Where's the FAT? Fruit and vegetables have very little fat. They are recommending lean meats, which have very little fat. They are recommending low fat dairy which has very little fat. So, where's the fat in this supposedly healthy diet?
Misunderstood and maligned for the last few decades, butter is probably one of the healthiest fats you can eat. As studied and documented by Dr. Weston Price, many traditional cultures held butter up to be a sacred food. "Isolated Swiss villagers placed a bowl of butter on their church altars, set a wick in it, and let it burn throughout the year as a sign of divinity in the butter." Butter made from the milk of properly raised grass fed cows is indeed sacred.
We have all heard how unhealthy trans-fats are for us. Synthetically produced tran-fats can be found as partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil as well as margarine. These fake fats are found in many commercial products from salad dressings to baked goods. For thirty years nutritionists have been saying that trans-fats are bad and recently the conventional medical community has finally agreed. So much so, that certain municipalities (like New York City) are actually banning them from use in restaurants. Surprisingly, there is one naturally occurring trans-fat that is tremendously healthy for us called CLA (conjugated linoleic acid).
Many people are confused about the coconut products and coconut oil. Unfortunately, there is a widespread misconception that coconut oil is bad for you because it contains saturated fat. Although coconut products have been used for thousands of years by natives of the Tropics, India, and Asia, westerners have been told it is unhealthy. These native populations enjoy good health because coconut oil is truly one of the healthiest oil you can consume.
Conventional understanding about fats is based upon a mistake. A giant misconception. An error that has greatly benefited the vegetable oil and food processing industries. Before 1920, heart disease in this country was rare. However, by the 1950's heart disease was the leading cause of death in America. It still is today. If heart disease is, in fact, related to consumption of fats, we would expect it to be lower, as for the last 30 years we have decreased consumption of saturated fats. However, during this same period, we have greatly increased consumption of polyunsaturated fats from vegetable oils, in the form of liquid oils and margarine.