So, you think you know all about fat because you read it in an article? Or, your doctor (just for your information, most doctors get about 2-3 hours on nutritional education throughout their many years in college) told you fat especially saturated fat was bad for you? You’ve been told that saturated fats clogs your arteries, makes you fat, can give you a heart attack, causes cancer, bad for your liver! Well, I”m here to give to tell you that, “NONE OF IT IS TRUE!”
There are 3 main types of fat: Solid at Room Temperature, Liquid at room Temperature but, solid in the fridge, liquid even in the fridge.
Monounsaturated Oils (liquid at room temperature but, solid in the fridge) – Olive Oil (use for light sautéing only!!) and Canola Oil (stay away from this one!!!!)
Polyunsaturated Fats (liquid even in the fridge) – Corn, Safflower and soybean oils (some of the worst oils you can cook with, let alone ingest!!!)
Well for starters, there’s Good Fats and then there’s Bad Fats. Let’s start with the Good one (which happens to be SATURATED FAT).
- Saturated fats help the body put calcium in the bones.
- Saturated fats are the preferred food for the heart.
- Saturated fats protect the liver from alcohol and other toxins.
- Saturated fats enhances the immune system.
- Saturated fats has a “synergistic” relationship with essential fatty acids.
- Saturated fats are in over 50% of your cell membranes.
So in essence, Saturated fats are essential for healthy cell function.
- Enhances Hormonal production.
- Suppresses Inflammation in the body.
- Can raise “GOOD” cholesterol.
- Enhances the Immune System.
- Supports normal growth of the nervous system and the brain.
- Encourages the production and balance of Prostaglandins.
Stay tuned for the next post(s) on You Don’t Know Fat!