The BIG FAT lie? Is Saturated fat good for us?
This is a repost of one of my articles originally written for “Women Talk, Little Girls Listen”
Whenever I am online looking up natural ways to overcome an illness or condition, it is a given that someone is going to mention giving up meat and going low-fat. It never fails. Many have been brainwashed to believe that meat is what is killing off our nation with heart disease and coronary disorders. Last week I spoke with my 80 year old mother-in-law about butter. She said “You shouldn’t be eating butter anyway”. She uses margarine instead. Coconut Oil
was deemed so bad for people, at one point, that it took a serious hit on sales and seemed to disappear from the American diet all together. Nobody would eat it for fear of an early demise. What do these anecdotes have to do with each other? They all have to do with the fear of fat that has been perpetuated in the U.S. Thank goodness that kind of silly thinking has cleared up. Or has it? Let’s take a look at where it came from.
Sometime back in the 1950’s, a man named Ancel Keys came up with a VERY flawed study of dietary fat. He believed that eating fat, mostly saturated and animal fat, lead to obesity, sickness and death by way high cholesterol levels which he thought caused cardiovascular & heart disease, basically. He studied 22 countries to try to prove his theory. His theory, however, only was true for 7 of those 22 countries. All the other countries came out with completely opposing conclusions. Instead of him showing the “Real” results of the study, and then trying to find out the real reason for disease, he simply ignored the data that went against his theory. He published the 7 Countries study that oddly enough is pretty much viewed as the gospel still today. People now appear to be fine with the fact that this correlation only seems true for 1/3 of the countries in the entire study.
Initially, though, his theories against animal fat and saturated fat were laughable and were met with criticism by the American Heart Association and the medical profession at large. That is until Ancel himself joined the AHA and pushed for the flawed theory to be dispersed as healthful information.
The Big Problem
Low fat diets are not healthful and not natural. After the vilification of ALL saturated fat (through this same study) we now have started to re-embrace coconut oil although it is largely saturated. Back when the fat theory first came to be, the U.S started coming up with all kinds of fake foods to take the place of real healthful foods- instead of all natural butter they made margarine that has now been found to be trans fat. Seriously have you compared the ingredients? The ingredients of my cultured butter in my freezer are: pasteurized organic sweet cream, salt, microbial cultures. My regular pastured butter’s ingredients are: pasteurized organic sweet cream, salt, the end. I don’t own any margarine but I found this online for Country Crock (a very popular margarine product thought to be healthy by many)
Vegetable(s) Oil Blend (Soybean(s) Oil Liquid, Soybean(s) Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Cottonseed Oil Hydrogenated) , Water, Whey (Milk) , Salt, Vegetable(s) Mono and Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin (Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Disodium EDTA Used to protect quality) , Citric Acid, Flavor(s) Artificial, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene color(s)
Really? All these ingredients? Some of them are on the carcinogenic list and hydrogenated oils are pure poison. I am not singling out Country Crock though. As a matter of fact supposed “Heart Healthy” margarines like Smart Balance and Promise have similar if not worse ingredients.
The trickery didn’t stop there though. The American public was told to stop eating animal fat and lead to believe that it leads to high cholesterol that in turn leads to heart disease. This included beef tallow (used to make McDonalds French fries originally), lard, ghee etc. They advised us to replace natural fats with highly unstable rancid vegetable oils. To try to make the oils stable with a long shelf life they hydrogenated them, effectively turning them into trans fat. So we’ve been eating heart clogging trans fat for the last 50 years based on recommendation of the AHA and FDA.
Meat also got a raw deal because it is of course natural saturated fat. People have been afraid of red meat and pork since these nonsense findings were made public and it appears no amount of studies telling the truth will get people to stop being afraid of fat. People have become quite “Healthy” with their low fat/skim milk, no fat yogurt, low/no fat salad dressing and everything else that modern science has tampered with to perpetuate a lie that makes them able to sell a product that can’t be made in the comfort of your own home. If a food has naturally occurring fat do you think it is healthy to remove an existing part of a substance?
What about the studies?
There have been many studies against the fat/cardiovascular disease correlation and drawing light to the inadequacies of Keys’ study. Unfortunately there have also been more skewed studies upholding the 7 countries theory. How are they skewed? Current studies showing evidence that a high fat diet is unhealthy are including the oils that they tell us to eat. You know, the fat they made in a lab. The same poisons that are unstable and go rancid and have to be injected with hydrogen to sit on a shelf awaiting you to come clog your arteries. I mean really, do you know anybody that uses animal fat? So how is it still being blamed? It’s a plan to make everyone believe that vegetarianism/veganism is the way. I DO NOT believe this in the slightest and I don’t believe our creator intended for us to have to take vitamins for the rest of our lives in order to achieve optimal health or nutrition. It would be wonderful to see the findings of a study that measures heart disease and heart attack amongst people who use only organic animal and HEALTHY vegetable fats. Man made fats should be excluded and the meat should not be fed an unhealthy diet of GMO or even non GMO corn & soy. The animals in the study should be pastured raised and should eat their natural diet making their fat and meat the way it was intended. The way it was before the U.S. started using us as a personal guinea pigs to try out new inventions to get us hooked on processed food. Such a study does not exist and big time food corporations only pay for studies that say their food is healthy instead of studies of unbiased information on human health.
In summation, natural fat is a healthy macronutrient necessary for proper body and brain function (yes your brain NEEDS fat). 15 countries from this original study disproved the theory that fat leads to heart disease. Perhaps there was another reason these 7 countries that ate less fat had less disease (obviously). They had to have something else in common that was never looked into. Perhaps they consume lots of olive oil or drink antioxidant rich wine. Who knows? Anyway, fats to stay away from are the ones that don’t come from healthy sources and are instead lining the pockets of anyone other than a farmer-corn oil, soybean oil vegetable oil, cottonseed oil, hydrogenated oils, and magarine. Healthy fats to try are virgin coconut oil, virgin olive oil, fresh avocado, beef tallow, ghee, butter, lard. If you’re still not buying that animal fat is alright then you can try the plant based oils. Olive oil should be used in cold dishes like homemade salad dressing because cooking damages it. Avocado can be enjoyed raw or cooked and Coconut oil is GREAT for cooking, is full healthy MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides). Be sure you use organic virgin coconut oil for best results. Here’s the best value for your money that I’ve found online-> Vitacost Extra Virgin Certified Organic Coconut Oil — 54 fl oz
Don’t fall victim to the lie.
All you have to do is research to see the increase in heart disease and related deaths since this lie came about; and how conveniently they just found out that trans fat caused heart disease after telling us all to eat it. Did you get an apology for family members who passed away or any damage to your own body? Me either. Be well.
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