Saturday, June 11, 2016

don't be afraid of fat!

The name itself is terrifying to most people – Fat.  But it turns out that our supposed villain in this story of health has been framed!  The true culprits of our current health crisis are likely sugar and processed foods (along with the policies and poorly-performed studies that have built this worldwide fallacy), but I’ll focus here on the positive side of our tale, as we try to understand our maligned friend Fat.

As my short intro paragraph suggests, I was intending to write a piece on the basics of fat – the types, how they differ, what they do for you, etc.  But in my research, I came across an article whose content, tone, and simplicity were exactly what I was planning to put together, and far beyond what I probably would have ended up with.  Thanks to and author Ryan Andrews for this: All About Healthy Fats.

And as a supplement, Top 8 reasons not to fear saturated fat.  I typically avoid anything online that’s titled “Top [#] Reasons to…”, but within their 7 primary reasons (reason 8 is basically “bacon, mmmm”), they cited 24 legitimate studies, and nicely summarized a lot of what I’ve been reading for the past few years.

If you only take away a few things from all of this, I’d hope it would be:
  • Fat is not your enemy!
  • Eat a balance of fats, while avoiding trans-fats and processed foods.
  • Quality matters.  Grass-fed, unrefined, cold-pressed, extra-virgin, etc.
I’d also be remiss to not mention the book Fat Chance by Robert H. Lustig, M.D.  This should be required reading for everyone.

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