The propaganda that traditional fats such as Butter, Cream, Egg Yolk, and Coconut Oil are bad for us originate from massive advertising campaigns by the agribusiness in the early 19th century. They wanted the public to switch to unsaturated fats such as margarine, soy oil, corn oil, and other vegetable oils. The replacement of saturated fats with unsaturated fats in the diet is primarily responsible for the epidemic of disease we currently see in the world today.
Products like margarine and other vegetable oils are cheaper to produce than saturated animal fats like butter or tallow, and they also have a longer shelf-life. If you follow the money, it's not hard to see why healthy, saturated fats have been villified.
- We are told saturated fats cause heart disease, so we trade butter for vegetable oils:
Heart disease skyrockets.
- We are told saturated fats cause bone to lessen, so we switch to low-fat milk:
Osteoporosis is widespread.
- We are told saturated fat isn't good for our brains, so we stop eating traditional fats like coconut oil: Depression, ADHD, dementia and autism are more prevalent than ever before.
Today we are coming full circle and realizing that the unsaturated fats we were convinced to eat by big business are extremely toxic for us, and that saturated fats our ancestors used to eat are the key to good health
10 Reasons Why Cholesterol is your Best Friend:
Though it may be hard to believe, because the brainwashing on this subject has been very thorough, cholesterol is your best friend. It is regarded by the body as such an important metabolic aid that every cell has a mechanism to manufacture its own supply.
1. Used to produce a number of stress-combating hormones
2. An antioxidant that protects us against free radical damage.
3. Keeps cell membranes permeable
4. Is essential for brain function and development
5. No steroidal hormone can be manufactured without it (including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, adrenaline, cortisol and DHEA)
6. Keeps moods level by stabilizing neurotransmitters
7. Helps maintain a healthy immune system
8. Helps regulate the body's electrolyte balance
9. Up to two-grams are produced internally every day, several times the amount found in our diets
10. Builds stronger bones: Saturated fat is required for calcium to properly be incorporated into bone.
Study: Low Cholesterol Decreases Lifespan!
A study performed at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu found that only lower cholesterol levels were associated with death. After measuring the cholesterol concentrations in 3572 Japanese and American men over a 20 year period, they found that "Only the group with low cholesterol concentration at both examinations had a significant association with mortality."
Study: High Cholesterol Increases Lifespan!
A study performed at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology looked at 52,087 individuals between the ages of 20 and 74. Researchers found that women with high cholesterol (more than 270 mg/dl) has a 28% lower mortality risk compared to women with low cholesterol (under 193 mg/dl). As cholesterol levels rose, the risk for heart attack, stroke and heart disease also declined.
The Evidence is Overwhelming:
- Our ancestors have been eating diets high in Saturated Animal Fats for millions of years.
- We've reduced consumption of Saturated Fats and Cholesterol and disease has increased.
- We've misinterpreted cholesterol as the cause of a clogged artery, when we know it is actually there to fix the damage caused by excessive dietary sugar and toxins.
- We know the multitude of ways Cholesterol and Saturated Fats benefit our bodies.
- We've seen studies show that Lower Cholesterol leads to decreased lifespan.
- We've seen studies show that Higher Cholesterol leads to increased lifespan.
_"Fat is the most valuable food known to man."
- Professor John Yudkin (1910-1995)
By the way, certain fat-soluable vitamins out there such as Vitamins A, D, E and K are ONLY available in fats. There is another reason for you to consume healthy fats liberally - because if you don't, you will be deficient in these nutrients.
- Vegetable oil, Margarine, Soy Oil, Corn Oil, Rapeseed Oil, and any other oils that are unsaturated, hydrogenated, or partially-hydrogenated.
The reason unsaturated fats are unhealthy is because the lack of saturation leaves them vulnerable to damage, and because they are generally locked within a grain or seed, when we extract them they are exposed to high heat. This high heat denatures the fat and creates high levels of free radicals within the fat.
- Butter (from Grass-fed Animals)
- Cream (from Grass-fed Animals)
- Tallow (from Grass-fed Animals)
- Egg Yolk (from Pastured Birds)
- Avocado and Avocado Oil
- Coconut and Coconut Oil
- Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil
- Olive Oil (is less Saturated, so eat extra virgin organic and don't heat it)
Where Do I Buy Healthy Fats?
To find healthy grass-fed butter, cream, tallow and eggs check out www.eatwild.com where you can find farmers in your area who are raising their animals on grass in healthy and sustainable ways.
Avocado, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil and Olive oil can all be found at your local farmers market, health food store, or grocery store.