Which fats should you eat and which should you avoid? This is a question that I get often from my patients. Unfortunately most people have misinformation about fats from the media and even from health food stores! Saturated fats have been demonized and diet “experts” have assured us that canola oil and polyunsaturated vegetable oils (e.g., corn, safflower, sunflower, cottonseed, etc) are more “heart healthy” and can provide us with all of our nutritional requirements for fatty acids. However, there are many vital nutrients and substances found in saturated fats not found in other foods. These foods, including butter and coconut oil, have been nourishing our ancestors for thousands of years. Can the food industry really “outdo” Mother Nature?
Its up to you to research and find out what information out there is actually the truth and this and future newsletters along with my blog at www.aplacetobe.com are here to help you. You can also find more information about fats in my book “The Guide to Healthy Eating” co-authored with Dr. Brownstein. Another great resources for unbiased health information is www.westonaprice.org.
Which Would You Choose?
Excess polyunsaturates from processed vegetable oils (ie. Canola oil) have been shown to contribute to heart disease, cancer, weight gain and many other health problems. Modern processing damages fragile polyunsaturated oils and they are deodorized to hide the smell of rancidity as well as being full of free radicals. Specifically, canola oil is developed through hybridization of rapeseed, which contains erucic acid that is a toxic and poisonous. Not only that, canola and other vegetable oils are used in a large portion of processed foods after being hardened through the hydrogenation process that creates toxic trans fats. Trans has been shown to produce disease over they long term as well as interfere with the body’s ability to ingest and utilize essential and good fats.
“Fully processed oils are the equivalent of refined (white) sugars, and can therefore be called ‘white’ oils. Like sugar, they are nutrient-deficient sources of calories but in addition, they contain toxins that are not present in sugar.”
~Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill, by Udo Erasmus
Â Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is an extremely beneficial fat and has been called the “healthiest dietary oil on earth.” Foods cooked in coconut oil taste better longer, where as unsaturated oils turn rancid fairly quickly. Coconut oil is very stable and can be kept at room temperature for many months without becoming rancid and it can also withstand high temperatures making it very good to cook with. Moreover, coconut oil helps protect against heart disease, cancer, other degenerative conditions and even help with losing weight!
“One food that can rev up your metabolism even more than protein is coconut oil. MCFA [medium chain fatty acids] shift the body’s metabolism into a higher gear, so to speak, so that you burn more calories. This happens every time you eat MCFA. Because MCFA increase the metabolic rate, they are dietary fats that can actually promote weight loss!”Â ~The Coconut Oil Miracle, by Bruce Fife, MD
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Using coconut oil daily will help your body utilize body fat and regulate all metabolic processes in your body making it possible to burn more calories and lose stubborn fat. Additionally, you will have more energy- yay! You willÂ be able to move more and burn excess calories throughout the day.Â Â Coconut oil is extremely nourishing, so won’t feel starving and will need less food throughout the day. Healthy dieting will simply be easier!Â At the same time coconut oil is beneficial for people having problems with their pancreas, because coconut oil is digested in the liver without using insulin. Coconut oil is also great for skin and hair. And finally, coconut oil is delicious! Â Keep celebrating your strength by making healthy food choices everyday! Love, Allison