Don’t Get Your Saturated Fats from a Factory

Are saturated fats bad for you? Is coconut oil bad for you? There is still an ongoing battle in the research community to answer the question if saturated fats from a factory are bad.

All natural foods contain fats. These are various proportions of: saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, and polyunsaturated fat. There are no exceptions to this rule. Meat, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts and seeds, olives, and avocados each contain all 3 fats. Additionally, there are even some trans fats that occur naturally and are not man-made.

Modern Myths about Saturated Fats

Consider the old dogma of the American Heart Association, National Institute of Health, and American Diabetes Association. They will not let go of the now unproven theory that saturated fats are dangerous to health. This is all part of the misinformation that is surrounding the Standard American Diet.

Epidemiological Studies on Saturated Fats

It’s hard to imagine you are wrong for 60+ years. Right now, that's about how long it is since the first hypothesis presented by Ancel Keys that saturated fat causes heart disease. Of course, we now know his “Seven Country Study” used skewed data. It no longer is valid. The hypothesis about heart disease and cholesterol is wrong. Epidemiological studies are among the weakest forms of medical research. These type of studies present a correlation, and do not prove causation.

Watch the video below and you may  re-think where you should get your information, and how you decipher that information:

Trans Fats and Carbohydrates

It turns out trans fats along with too many carbohydrates are the real bad actors when it comes to obesity and health issues.

It may be hard for the average person to understand all the nuances of vegetable oils (potentially by design). However, it is really simple. Just remember that any type of oil processed in a food factory is more suitable for a car engine than human consumption.

Avoid Vegetable Oils

Mostly a product of seeds and nuts, they are generally called “vegetable” oils. This moniker is an attempt to make them more acceptable, but they are not really vegetables. This includes corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil, safflower oil, shortenings, margarines, and other fake butter substitutes.

A whole foods approach and avoidance of the carbs found in fast food and processed food is the best way to achieve sustainable weight loss. Do this as a way to avoid pre-diabetes and even reverse Type 2 diabetes!

Saturated Fats Are Not the Problem

Saturated dietary fats should no longer be a taboo. The misguided views associated with dietary fats need to finally be taken to task.

Still, misinformation remains in the news media. The food industry and most medical professionals promote these myths. This inclues a majority of nutritionists and dieticians. Finally, some conventional and mainstream experts now question the myths about natural saturated fats.

Avoid Bad Oils

Although some oils can be dangerous, coconut oil and olive oil are not on the list of bad oils. These oils are natural products and are not oils to avoid.

While coconut oil and olive oil remain at the top for healthy vegetable oils because they can be extracted naturally and do not necessarily require synthesized processing, some believe other oils are likely to be detrimental to our well-being. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils are also trans fats. Avoid these, since they are bad for your health.

Organic Facts

FDA Orders Removal Trans Fats

Not much fanfare was made about this, but did you know that there is an FDA order for the complete removal of trans fats from food?

In short, vegetable oils are still plentiful and are widely available for purchase. However, partially hydrogenated oils, which are the trans fats, cannot be a part of manufactured foods.

GMO Vegetable Oils

An unfortunate reality is that almost all corn and soybeans in the USA are GMO. These are the source for many cooking oils in the market. Just another good reason to steer clear of these particular oils.

Eat and cook with butter, lard, tallow and other healthy natural saturated fats and oils like coconut oil and olive oil. Don’t get your saturated fats from a factory.

You do not have to avoid saturated fats in Whole Foods. This is actually a good source of natural fat. Additionally, this kind of fat is a natural energy source.