A close friend of mine can not get over that fact that I eat bacon, eggs, butter, almond butter, and coconut oil pretty much every day of my life. He swears that I’m going to have a heart attack any day now and that my arteries are so corroded that I will probably die of high blood pressure at any moment.
I have made it my mission to help educate him on why I’m perfectly fine.
For starters, I have actual, quantifiable lab test results to prove I’m healthier than ever. My blood pressure is down, my triglyceride count is waaaay down, I have close to no inflammation, my HDL levels are high and my LDL levels are low, and my cholesterol is perfectly normal. I have actually lost body fat and my weight has remained completely unchanged due to gain of muscle. Check out this post and this post for my cold, hard evidence. 😉
Another reason I feel ok with fat is because it makes our brains happy. Mark used to suffer from ADD (attention deficit disorder) and had been for as long as he could remember. After a couple of disheartening doctor’s visits, he decided that he did not want to be reliant on a pill in order to regain his focus. We read a ton of stuff out there about research on alternative ADD remedies and they all educated on the way our brains function. Fat was listed numerous times as being the most valuable source of energy for our brains. Mark experimented with intermittent fasting and a drastic increase in the amount of fat he consumed (mostly in the mornings and steadily decreasing throughout the day) and now, a couple of months later, feels that he had completely shaken any past notions of his ADD. Also, for those of you who don’t know, Mark used to weigh about 100 pounds more than he does now. While he lost all of that weight a few years ago, even while consuming a higher fat diet, he has continued to keep all the weight off.
You should know too, that due to our amount of fat intake, Mark and I almost never eat grains. I eat sprouted Ezekial bread on occasion, and we eat a bunch of coconut and almond flours, but we eat virtually no wheat products.
“When we eat grains, processed carbs or even high levels of really sweet fruits, these are easier sources for the body to use for energy. Eventually, the body starts to prefer these easier sources of energy and through insulin and leptin resistance, doesn’t metabolize fat as effectively. Additionally, any access carbohydrates that the body doesn’t immediately use for energy is converted to fat to be stored for future energy. If you are constantly feeding your body quick energy in the form of carbs, it never taps into this stored energy (fat) and fat accumulates. Any extra fats consumed at that point are also stored as fat since the body is burning its quick and easy form of fuel from carbohydrates. In this way, it is much more logical to understand that excess carbohydrates, not excess fats, cause weight gain.” (source: Wellness Mama)
I also know that one of the reasons fat has a bad rep is because “saturated fat will kill you.” Hold the phone. Here’s the reasearch I did and the facts that I found about why saturated fats will not only not kill you, but probably help you:
- Saturated fats are crucial for cell membrane structure and integrity.
- They are a valuable source of fat soluble vitamins, such as A, D, and K, which are deficient in most North American diets, and these vitamins are necessary for hormone regulation, reproduction, immunity, bone health and much more.
- Strong bone development requires saturated fats, which regulate calcium levels.
- Saturated fat makes cells more resistant to oxidative damage.
- As well, saturated fats are far more stable at high temperatures than other fats, so they are unlikely to become oxidized and turn into cell-damaging free radicals (as polyunsaturated vegetables oils frequently do).
- More than half of the brain consists of saturated fat and cholesterol, and these fats also comprise a large part of the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve fibers and ensures proper message relaying between the brain and nervous system. <<< See! I told you that your brain hearts fat!
- Saturated fats contain fatty acids such as lauric acid, myristic acid and caprylic acid, which are antifungal, antimicrobial and antiviral, and all contribute towards a stronger immune system.
- Saturated fats are actually GOOD for hearth health, and lower a substance called Lp(a), while increasing good cholesterol (HDL).
I could go on and on singing fat’s praises, but this post is already long enough.
Fat doesn’t make you fat or unhealthy. It makes you feel satiated, happy, and energetic. Do your own research and make an informed opinion. And…just know that if you come over to my house to eat, you’ll be getting lots of good fat! 🙂