SATURATED FAT - REALLY THE ENEMY?
Updated: Jan 1, 2019
So many people have been misinformed about fats over the years. I remember a time when my mom was told by a doctor she worked with that we should be eating margarine instead of butter because saturated fat is the worst thing for you. Wanting to keep her family healthy, she made the switch. She trusted the professional because she had no reason not to.
In actuality, there have been no definitive studies that have shown a direct link of saturated fat to heart disease. It was simply an idea that was propagated and entrenched in our cultural awareness to create products that catered to this "healthier" diet choice.
Low fat products popped up everywhere as diet foods, secretly hiding increased amounts of sugar to make up for taste.
What we do know is that trans fats are the real problem in our diets today.
Trans Fatty Acids (TFAs) are produced when the hydrogenation process is not complete. Simplified, hydrogenation is the process of adding hydrogen to a liquid (i.e. oil) in order to make it solid, spreadable, and improve shelf life.
TFAs do not occur in nature and are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, immune dysfunction, increased cholesterol and decreased "good" HDL cholesterol.
You can avoid these TFAs foods by looking for "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" on the ingredient list. Definitely best to be avoided!
On the flip side, saturated fats from good quality sources help improve skin and hair, help you lose weight, and improve immune, liver and brain health.
My go-to saturated fat is coconut oil; great for cooking & baking, adding in smoothies and spreading on toast in place of butter.
I also really enjoy adding avocado to my meals and eggs for breakfast.
How do you incorporate healthy fats into your diet?
Nothing on this site should be interpreted or construed to mean providing medical advice, diagnosis or treatment in any way.Always see your primary care physician for that, and always consult him or her before embarking on any new health program, starting or changing any of your medications, or using natural products of any kind.I offer information for educational purposes only and this information may or may not apply to your individual situation.