Today we’ll talk about the “Healthy Fat Club”.
Yes, there are bad fats, BUT there are healthy fats, and healthy fats should account for a significant part of your diet.
Saturated fats are most complete of the different types of fats in terms of their structure. There’s less room for a free-radical or anything else to tag along on that fat. They have a longer shelf life than other fats. Because they are more “saturated” many will solidify at room temperature or close to it.
The next type of fat is monounsaturated fat, which are found in a lot of tropical fruits like avocados and coconuts. They may be liquid at room temperature and solidify in the refrigerator. If you put your olive oil in the refrigerator, and it doesn’t solidify, it’s NOT really olive oil, but a cheap imposter.
The third type of fat is polyunsaturated fat, sometimes referred to as PUFas. Easy to oxidize (get damaged by free radicals), these fats aren’t recommended for cooking. These fats are fish oils, omega 3’s, omega 6’s (nut oils). The harmful and really unhealthy fats in this category are vegetable oils (cottonseed oil, corn oil, canola oil which is man-made), which sadly, are considered healthy by many Americans. Stay away from vegetable oils! In addition to the fact that they are unhealthy anyway, you wouldn’t believe the way they are processed for market! I don’t even want to describe that here, so google “how how vegetable oil is made”. YES, it’s TRUE! That’s what the majority of Americans consume – over 70 lbs per year on average. Any oil in a clear bottle is already rancid before you get home.
Healthy animal fats are: Lard is made from leftover drippings from hogs and pigs and Tallo comes from cows. As long as this fat comes from animals allowed to roam and fed a natural diet, these fats are very healthy, and you can harvest them from your own cooking leftovers and using the fat in cooking subsequent meals.
Big reminder that when eating beef or pork, etc…, make sure it is from a source that feeds those animals their natural diet. You are not only “what you eat”, but “you are what your food eats”.
We mentioned MCT Coconut Oil in a previous post as being a very healthy fat, and of course, fats like coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, and other nut oils are healthy too.
Saturated fats help with the structural integrity of cell membranes. Polyunsaturated fats like omega 3’s help with the cell membranes also. Healthy fats are critical for cholesterol which are the building blocks of hormones and our cell membranes as well.
So make healthy fats a significant part of your diet and steer clear of unhealthy fats!