Fat is the most important part of your diet. Don’t ever cut out fat. Fat does not make you fat at all, but fat contains energy and many micronutrient absolutely essential for your body.
Extra virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest fats we have. However, here has been lots of worries over the quality of extra virgin olive oil. Many of the imported brands have actually not been extra virgin oil at all. The quality of olive oil is very important. You need to invest in a good, cold pressed olive oil.
Coconut oil is also very healthy. It has been found to significantly raise HDL cholesterol to protect your heart.
Butter is also a part of a healthy diet. Grass fed butter in particular contains vitamin K2, very important vitamin for heart disease.
After finding out about my parents experience in losing weight and reaching a much better health by eating these “bad” foods year ago, I wanted to find out more. I found quite a few doctors treating their patients suffering from diabetes with low carb diets that contains enough of meat and natural fats. Cholesterol levels of these people were always good after switching to eating cheese and butter instead of vegetable oils. Most people had extremely good HDL cholesterol levels and their triglyceride levels were very low, below 1. An ideal situation for your overall health. There were also numerous of studies about this pointing towards completely different direction compared to what I most of us believed to be the case. Natural fats really are health food.
Fat is actually a very important part of our diet, probably the most important. Many of the essential nutrients and vitamins cannot be digested unless we have enough fat in our food. Fat is a very important components of the cellular structures and membranes. The food pyramid as an instruction of how we should be eating has been a disaster. Not just cholesterol and health, but our fear of fat has also been because we have thought that dietary fat makes us fat. The truth is just the opposite.
It is very important to avoid refined vegetable oils and margarines. In short, they require high processing to produce, their omega 3-6 ratio is very poor and cooking with them in high heat creates dangerous by products harmful for our health.
Both omega 3 and omega 6 are important, but so is their balance in the body. Too much of either will cause problems. Refined vegetable oils contain too much omega 6, especially fatty acid called linoleic acid which causes inflammation in the body. We tend to get too little of omega 3 which is why it is important to ensure you get enough. The best sources are oily fish and eggs. Farmed fish is not a good source of omega 3, neither is the plant based alternatives.
Lauric acid is an effective natural antibiotic, found mainly in coconut oil and butter. It reduces inflammation effectively. Omega 7 present in olive oil, products made of milk from free range cows, such as good cheese, egg yolks, oily fish and avocado is quite a superset also.
Eat lots of olive oil, butter, cheese and yoghurt made from free range cow’s milk, fatty meat like lamb, coconut oil, nuts and seeds.