Admit it, when a friend tells you that they’re considering going on a high-fat low-carb diet, you instantly want to warn them that it’s common knowledge that eating plenty of fat means eating saturated fat and saturated fat means heart disease and heart disease means you die! Right?!
Won’t you also admit that human breast milk is the most perfect food for a human being? Would it surprise you to know that just one cup of breast milk has 11 grams of fat, and 5 of those grams come saturated fat?
We’ve been afraid of fats for decades now. And I’m here to tell you it’s ok to fear some fat… But not the fat you’re probably thinking of.
Saturated fats: good or bad??
We’ve been told to steer clear of saturated fats, like butter and coconut oil, that these were the fats that were causing our rapid health decline.
But it’s the man-made fats, the artificially saturated fats or trans fats, that are the real villains. Margarine was our Lex Luthor!
I don’t think too many people would argue with you if you stated that trans fats are very bad for us but the problem is, is that people just hear the word fat and come to the conclusion that ALL fats are bad.
But what about my heart?
If you put google to good use and check the more recent studies, probably in the last five years, they show that the percentage of saturated fat you eat really has no correlation to heart disease. It’s been shown that people who eat a lot of saturated fat (from healthy sources) don’t get more heart disease.
It’s actually kind of silly to me to think that, at least my parents thought, that man-made fat was healthier for us then God-made fat. We’ve been eating saturated fat since the beginning of time, but when man-made fat was introduced into our diets is also when, coincidentally, all of these new and life debilitating diseases started to pop up.
The good fats to eat
Now, you’re not getting permission from me to eat a 24 oz ribeye steak every single night but if the fat that you’re getting in your diet is from a healthy source, then it’s probably the least of your worries when it comes to your diet.
Instead of picking food apart so much, maybe what we should be thinking about is, where did the food come from? How healthy was the source that it originated from? Was it in the factory or the farm?
As Dr. Shanahan so poignantly said, “Nature doesn’t make bad fats, factories do.” If you’re eating fat from the factory, it’s not going to be good for you…no matter what else they add to it!
What are your thoughts on Good Fats!
My name is Melissa McAllister. I just turned 44! I have a son and daughter and my husband and I are new empty nesters! My husband is the reason I eat, drink, and sleep health and fitness. He has 2 speeds, GO and GO Faster. We have been together for over 28 years and married for 23 (yes, he had me at “hello!”). Don’t get me wrong though…I was a Doritos and Coca Cola eating Hoover when I was in school! Fitness has been an essential part of my life for over 19 years. I have the 3 best jobs in the world—being a stay-at-home Mom, business owner, and group exercise instructor for several large fitness chains. I have been teaching everything from yoga to kickboxing for over 17 years. I have also had the great opportunity to train, inspire, and motivate other instructors for the past 11 years. You might even see me in a few fitness videos out there! 😉 Reaching out to others who are struggling to be healthy and happy is my passion. I couldn’t tell you next Fall’s latest fashion must have or what flowers to plant this season, but I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. With your determination and my motivation, we can find and keep the best YOU! I will inspire by holding myself and those around me accountable!