A trip to Google using the phrase “types of fat“ will tell you that there are four types of fat. Each has various chemical structures and properties. Some oils are good for the body, while others are not. Learn more in today’s post.
The American Heart Association will tell you that your body needs fats. This is contrary to the low-fat craze that has been so popular.
As a family, we never jumped onto the low-fat bandwagon. And now, I am so glad we didn’t. Why? Fats give our bodies energy and support our cell growth. Fats have been found to take in some nutrients we need as well as producing important hormones. So when you think about it, fat has been dealt a bad hand in the scheme of things. The good fats, that is.
Let’s begin with the Good oils.
You may already know this information in its basic form, but be honest with yourself by admitting that there is always more to learn than what you think you already know.
Fish Oil – Fish oil is good because it contains omega-3 fatty acids. Another essential fatty acid your body requires is omega-6. Keep in mind that there is a ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 that is optimum for your body. An imbalance between these two essential fatty acids can cause serious health problems. Dr. Colbert discusses this in his “Dr. Colbert‘s Keto Zone Diet book”.
Other Good Oils include: Olive oil, avocado oil, almond oil or even coconut oil to name a few. These oils can be used or added to foods that you enjoy.
Include these nuts or nut oils in your meals: almond, pecan, and macadamia.
You can add avocado oil, almond oil or coconut oil to your morning coffee. I have a recipe containing spices, oil and a gentle sweetener that has taken the place of the specialty coffees I used to purchase. It’s both healthier for me and easier on the budget, if you know what I mean.
Bad for you: Do not cook (or Fry) using olive oil or avocado oil, or any of the monounsaturated fat oils. Also, Dr. Colbert tells us Absolutely no frying with polyunsaturated fats. The Doctor explains why in his book.
Good for you: Cook with coconut oil, grass fed butter or ghee. We will discuss these saturated fats later in the blog.
Bad for you: Although canola oil is a monounsaturated fat, here are some very good reasons to avoid it: “genetically modified “and “usually partially hydrogenated.“ You don’t want anything that is either of these. This is the EXCEPTION to consuming monounsaturated fats.
Good for you: Monounsaturated fats. These are the fats that Dr. Colbert says will decrease inflammation and your risk for dementia. At the same time they will boost your brain functionality.
Note: Grass fed products usually costs more. Is it worth the cost? Yes. Grass fed meats and their associated dairy products have more monounsaturated fat, nutrients and vitamins for you. Whenever possible, use grass fed butter, ghee, sour cream and cheeses.
Ugly fact: An honest butcher told us that there is a new category of “grass fed“ beef and dairy. It is called grass fed and grain finished.
As you might imagine, these animals started out on the right hoof, but then, just to fatten them up before slaughter, they were fed the very grains that we don’t want to ingest!
Either ask your honest butcher about the grass fed meat you buy or look for the phrase “grass fed and finished“. And yes, the grass fed and finished will be more expensive, but it is well worth the cost.
Saturated Fats: Coconut oil, palm oil, grass fed butter or ghee – these are saturated fats. The main thing to remember here is that you should balance your saturated and unsaturated fats.
Remember from your biology classes that your fatty acid cell composition is 55% monounsaturated fat, 27% saturated fat and the remainder being polyunsaturated fats – try to match this with your daily fat intake.
Keep in mind: your biology class cell composition lessons. Fat structure of cells:
- Monounsaturated fats 55% (barely over half of all fats should be this type.)
- Saturated fats 27% (roughly half of your monounsaturated fats)
- Polyunsaturated fats 18% (roughly a third of your monounsaturated fats)
KEEP YOUR FATS IN BALANCE FOR SUCCESS. Don’t get pulled into the fat-free advertising hype, thinking that you are doing yourself a favor!
Polyunsaturated Fats: Here’s a big list of oil’s that fall into the category of polyunsaturated fats:
- Corn oil
- Sesame oil
- Sunflower oil
- Safflower oil
- Cottonseed oil
- Soybean oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Flaxseed oil
These nuts and nut oil’s are in the same category:
Bad for you: Never fry with these polyunsaturated oils.
Ugly: Trans Fats.
What do you suppose happened when the FDA banned trans fats in 2015 and demanded food companies eliminate trans fats in their products by the middle of 2018?
Worse: Read this.
You got it! They created a replacement. Both Dr. Colbert and Google search results produce the term interesterified fats (IE for short). These IE fats are a substitute for trans fat. It gets even more interesting... read on.
A Google search brought up this: “what are interesterified fats and should we be worried about them…“ The US National Library of Medicine, among other things says “similar to artificially produced trans fats, there is no legal requirement for food manufacturers to include IE fats on food labels.“
Suggestion: Do the research on interesterified fats. Dr. Colbert provides thought provoking facts and information in his book.
I hope that this post prompts you to learn more about fats for yourself. I learned a lot in researching the material and am integrating the information into our diet. You should too!
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