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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Prove It!

Like I said in my last post, I enjoy studying fats!  I have been passionate about nutrition for a while, but I'm always drawn to reading and studying more on the subject of fat than any other subject.  I have come across some articles in this month's issue of Men's Health that are must-reads, so I thought I would pass them along.  No need to buy the magazine, the articles are online.

These articles are a must read if you...

watch you fat intake,

drink 1%, 2%, or skim milk,

prefer chicken breast to any other meat because it's so low in fat,

buy lowfat, nonfat, or reduced fat products,

feel guilty using butter,

or any of the above.

Read this one first - Stop Blaming Saturated Fat - The recent news that the Atkins low-carb diet works well and improves health has some people scratching their heads.  If Atkins means eating lots of meat, eggs and cheese, won't all that saturated fat wreck your cholesterol levels and put you on the road to heart disease?  Well, no. There's no good evidence of that. And there's plenty of evidence that the opposite is true--that eating more saturated fat lowers the risk for heart disease. That's what a recent Harvard University study found: People who had the highest saturated fat intake also had the least plaque buildup on their artery walls. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition described the findings as an "American Paradox."

Fat Foods You Can Eat - 8 "unhealthy" foods that are actually good for you.

What If Bad Fat Is Actually Good For You? - .  "...the majority of healthy people seem to derive very little benefit from these low-fat diets...if a low-fat diet is also loaded with carbs, it can actually result in adverse changes in blood lipids."

According to lead study author Jeff Volek, Ph.D., R.D., two factors influence the amount of fat coursing through your veins. The first, of course, is the amount of fat you eat. But the more important factor is less obvious. Turns out, your body makes fat from carbohydrates. It works like this: The carbs you eat (particularly starches and sugar) are absorbed into your bloodstream as sugar. As your carb intake rises, so does your blood sugar. This causes your body to release the hormone insulin. Insulin's job is to return your blood sugar to normal, but it also signals your body to store fat. As a result, your liver starts converting excess blood sugar to triglycerides, or fat.

This information may shock you.  It certainly isn't popular opinion.  Why am I passing this along to you?  Why do I trust this information? 

o         First, I go to the Bible.  This article is talking about saturated fat, which is present in foods that God created - butter, coconut oil, meat, milk, cream, and eggs.  Remember I Timothy 4:1-5, "In the last days people will be telling us that food God created is unhealthy to eat, but EVERY creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer."  (My paraphrase)  My motto, "If God created it, it is good for me; if man adulterated it, it is bad for me" definitely applies here.  Saturated fats have not been altered by men, like trans fats and vegetable oils have.  Saturated fat is in its natural state and heat doesn't damage it. 

o         Second, I have read this same information in a number of books, some by a biochemist that specializes in the field of lipids (fats), named Dr. Mary Enig.  Dr. Enig has been trying to get this information out to the masses for over 30 years!  A dentist named Weston A. Price back in the 1930s also discovered this information.  He traveled the world and studied various people groups and discovered that when they ate a whole foods diet, rich in saturated fat they remained healthy.  But when the same people group was exposed to the Western diet, full of refined foods, sugar and vegetable oils, their health suffered. 

o         The third reason is my own personal experience.  I eat more saturated fat than any person I know and I feel great!  I cook with butter and coconut oil; I eat dark meat with the skin, drink whole milk and use lots of cream in my cooking, too.  I maintain a healthy weight.  It's only when I eat too many refined carbs that my weight goes up.  So I want to pass on this information because I care about the truth.

The only downside I see to this information is misuse.  I can see people reading this article and thinking, "Great!  I can have all the junk food and fast food I want!"  Please, please, please don't use this information to justify junk food.  Fast food and packaged food is the worst food for you.  The big reasons are that they contain trans fats, added sugars and chemicals.  These articles are talking about how saturated fats are healthy; this does not include trans fats in any way.  This is talking about fat that naturally occurs in food that God created. 

So this Thanksgiving, don't feel guilt over fat!

1 comment:

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