Our bodies run on fuel made of Fats, Proteins and Carbohydrates. For optimal health, we should eat the highest quality fuel available. Let’s talk Fats. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is full of highly processed fats which are detrimental to health. But many of us have followed low-fat diets and demonized high quality fats like yellow angel food (that’s what I call butter). The low-fat craze greatly profited processed food producers while making us sick and sad. Research shows that high quality fat is essential to optimal health. Here are the top 10 reasons why your body needs and prefers good fats.
High quality fats are a concentrated source of energy.
Good fats provide the building blocks for cell membranes and hormones.
Good fats slow down and optimize nutrient absorption
High-quality fats are the carriers of the very important fat-soluble vitamins - A, D, E & K. We can get those vitamins from our food, but they need to be transferred to where they are needed by fats.
Speaking of vitamins and minerals, high-quality fats also help with absorption. Fats are also necessary for utilization of proteins
In the 1800’s, most of the fats in the American diet were saturated, like butter and lard. In the last century, we switched to polyunsaturated fats, mostly poor-quality vegetable oils. Consumption of polyunsaturated fats is one of the causes of the dramatic increase in cancer, heart disease and immune system dysfunction of the last century.
Polyunsaturated fats have been processed which causes them to become rancid and change into something called a free radical. A free radical is a rogue atom or cluster of atoms that contains an unpaired electron. Those unpaired electrons cause the atoms to act like a rioting mob. They attack other atoms and cause damage to them that leads to mutations.
The liver’s job is to clean toxins from our blood. Fatty acids help the liver by lessening the toxic load the liver has to deal with.
The fat around the heart muscle is highly saturated. Our hearts draw on this fat in times of stress.
Saturated Fats have antimicrobial properties that work in the digestive tract to protect against harmful microorganisms.
*The source of this information and much more is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. This wonderful book also has recipes!