Eat Fat…Lose Fat?

June 25, 2012 by superch6

The topic of saturated fat in the diet is one of the most controversial and widely discussed areas of nutrition.  Ever since the late ’70s when Americans were told to cut down on saturated fat in favor of adding more carbohydrates to their diets we have seen a steady and radical spike in many chronic diseases as well as obesity.

So the question is, “If humans were eating saturated fat for thousands of years prior to this with far less instance of obesity and other chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, then what is the real problem?”  Well, this is a tough question to address because so many things in the typical western diet would have been completely absent in the typical diet of someone living even just a hundred years ago.

 

And if we look back thousands of years those hunter/gatherer societies would hardly recognize anything that we eat so regularly today.

When we were told to avoid saturated fat like the plague we were also told that approximately 60% of our diets should be from grains, breads, and other carbohydrates.  The problem with this is that a carb is not a carb and at no time in history have people eaten the types of carbs that we eat today in as much abundance.

The way that your body processes 50 grams of carbohydrates that are from vegetables and fruits is very different than the way that it will process 50 grams of refined carbs.  Refined carbs such as flour, breads, and pastas are processed in your body much like sugar.  Without getting overly scientific on you, both sugar and refined carbohydrates cause your insulin levels to spike which in turn tells your body to store fat rather than to burn it as fuel.

The takeaway is that if you have been scared into thinking that fat and even saturated fat is bad for you then it’s time to think again.  For thousands of years cultures have not only survived but thrived on diets where over 50% of their calories were from fat.  These cultures ate large amounts of animal proteins and even organ meats while subsidizing their diet with vegetables and some fruits.

Nowhere in history did healthy cultures eat a large bowl of pasta with some chicken on top or two pieces of refined white bread with a slice of turkey on it and call it a meal.

Now, the one thing to keep in mind is that the types of animal proteins and fats that these hunter/gatherer societies ate is entirely different than what you will find at your supermarket.  The animals were wild, free roaming animals which, as a result, have a completely different and superior biological makeup.

When animals are allowed to graze freely on open pastures, eat their normal healthy diet, and get the exercise and sunlight that they need the result is a healthier animal.  Cows for example, have a biological makeup similar to wild salmon when they are pasture raised and grass fed.  They have a perfect ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids, they contain a much better cholesterol profile because they have higher levels of HDL (good cholesterol).

The same can be said for every animal whether on land or sea.  When we take them out of their natural habitat and try to mass produce them as food products rather than as animals we are negatively altering their biological makeup.

For this reason it is always best to opt for grass-fed meats such as grass-fed beef, bison, venison, etc. and to only eat wild seafood rather than farmed.

And when it comes to eggs, which are an excellent source of healthy fats and proteins (always eat the yolk because that’s where 90% of the nutrients exist), always choose free-range.

This is the same reason that if you are looking for a healthy protein source you should always choose a grass-fed whey protein over any conventional protein that comes from feedlot cows that produce inferior quality milk.  The whey protein that comes from grass-fed cows packs a nutritional punch that you simply will not find from a conventional whey protein.

So eat your fat, eat your protein, eat your vegetables…just make sure you are eating the healthiest and highest quality and you will feel the difference!

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