Sometimes the real food journey becomes an adventure–what you’re learning excites you, the new foods you try are delicious, and your body’s response is immediate.
That’s what I experienced when I discovered the truth about good fats vs bad fats.
When I began to embrace the idea that our body actually needs fat to function well, and added good fats like whole dairy, coconut oil, and plenty of butter into my daily menu, I felt the results immediately! Cravings subsided as my body finally received the fuel it was craving. Losing my baby weight never became an issue. And, when I learned which fats were good for cooking, and which ones shouldn’t be overheated, I quit having gall bladder attacks! All this from adding something easy and tasty to my meals!
There’s a lot of confusion about fats, though–even among people who are making a genuine effort to make healthy choices. That’s why I made this infographic with everything I’ve learned about fats since starting my real food journey 6 years ago. Take a close look at the myths in this graphic…
Myth #1: Fat is Bad
Truth: Fat is essential to our bodies functioning well! Your brain is 2/3 fat, your hormone system runs on fat, and your cells are comprised of 50% fat. If you’re doubtful of the importance of good, old fashioned saturated fat in your diet, you need to read The Skinny on Fat, and Good Fats, Bad Fats: Separating Fact from Fiction.
Myth #2: Vegetable Oil is a Healthy Fat
Truth: Turning a vegetable (often GMO corn or the toxic soybean) into an oil is a highly-involved process of bleaching, deodorizing, and treatment with chemicals. The resulting oils are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are linked to free radical damage and degenerative conditions like autoimmune disorders and Alzheimers.
Sorry, I got a little geeky on you there, but you need to know the truth: Vegetable Oils are NOT food, and are NEVER good for you.
Myth #3: We Should Limit Fat in our Diet
Truth: Actually, most of us aren’t getting enough fats! We need fats to assimilate certain vitamins, nourish our hormone system, and regulate blood sugar, among other things.
So, are you ready for this step–embracing good fats in your diet, and using them properly?
Taking the Good Fats Step on your real food journey is as simple as:
- Choosing good fats vs bad fats
- Enjoying whole-fat dairy products
- Remembering which oils like heat and which ones don’t
Further Facts on Fat:
- Embracing Good Fats–a recap of a cooking class I hosted last year in my kitchen! Find out which fats I use where in my cooking.
- Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Mary Enig–Exciting information on the benefits of adding good fats into your diet.
- The Whole Soy Story by Kaayla Daniel–exposes the toxicity of soy, the main ingredient in most vegetable oils and butter replacements.
- The Skinny on Fats–get the low-down on why saturated fat is actually our friend (news flash: butter ain’t the cause of heart disease!)
Now, go enjoy some bread with your butter! (And your veggies, and your meat, and your grains…!)
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Did you learn anything new in this post? I’ll tell you a secret–I only just learned about not using olive oil in high heat situations this past year! How about you?