FAT OR FOOD?
In 1961, the American Heart Association issued a statement recommending reducing our intake of total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. In the same statement, they also suggested that humans increase their intake of polyunsaturated fats. So, essentially, STOP eating animal fats and START eating vegetable oils. Some bright spark decided that the naturally occurring fats in our milk, cheese, yoghurts and oils were in fact a health risk. So along came the “lite” version of everything tasty.
Fat is flavour, so these foods needed to be made tasty again. Along came added sugar, salt and artificial flavourings. Natural fat is also an excellent form of energy, so by limiting natural fat as a fuel source, human beings began to eat more carbohydrates in order to supplement their energy needs. Fat in a solid form is also a natural preservative. When this is removed, preservatives are needed to prolong supermarket shelf life.
While our parents or their parents probably ate yoghurt or cream made directly from the milk of a cow, children of the baby boomers were given a sweet, colourised, preserved version of the same.
Yet it is hardly food at all.
EVERYTHING ON A SUPERMARKET SHELF NEEDS A SOLID FAT to preserve its contents. Trans-fatty acids (TFAs) are hardened vegetable oils usually comprising safflower, corn or soybean oil. But in order to release the oil from the seed or bean, they need to be heated to extreme temperatures thereby “denaturing” the food. A hydrogen molecule is then added to the liquid in order to harden the fat. Because of the industrial process needed to create TFAs, essentially these products do not NATURALLY occur in our food chain. They are otherwise known as “partially hydrogenated oils”. Look for them on the ingredient list next time you’re food shopping in a supermarket. In 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer recognised as safe in human food. Yet, they are still being used.
What’s going on?
A human cell is made up of 50% fat and 50% protein. The beginning of ALL DISEASE starts when cells are not met with energy in the likeness of itself. In other words, if you do not give your body naturally occurring healthy fats and protein, it will die … slowly.
So, what are healthy fats?
Oils from nuts are good, including coconut, walnut and macadamia oils.
COLD-PRESSED oils are best, a process in which the nuts are ground to a paste and forced through a hydraulic press, producing the highest quality oil.
Nuts are good eating, too, but peanuts are not a nut (they belong to the legume family with beans and peas) even though they’re delicious!
Both coconut cream and coconut milk contain GOOD fats.
Avocados are an EXCELLENT fat source!
LARD from organic, grass-fed animals is good, including duck fat and beef dripping. You cannot deny the flavour of grandmother’s roast potatoes and gravy made from homemade lard and meat juices!
Then there are the dairy foods. From the liver’s perspective dairy CAN be a burden for some, but for those who can tolerate them, fresh cream, cheese, unflavoured yoghurt and butter are great sources of fats. Just don’t eat your cheese with crackers but go for a carrot or celery stick instead or pop it in your mouth all by itself. I find I eat way LESS cheese when I don’t combine it with crackers.
There are also the fatty fishes such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. Bacon is fatty and I like the pasture-raised nitrite-free version.
Make it real
When I consider my health from a biological perspective, it makes total sense to me now that the food we are being sold on supermarket shelves is actually not food at all. Soon will come the day when it will be illegal to sell genetically modified or industrialised denatured food, but until then, we need to smarten up, grow our own and consume foods that are as natural and unadulterated as possible. The consequence of eating real food is that you will naturally eat less and that’s got to be a good thing for everyone.
The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf (a good read of science, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle)
The Magic Pill (a controversial Netflix video)
www.kosherketogenic.com (about a woman who cured cancer by eating good fats)
www.dietdoctor.com (recipes and how to eat well)
shop.sixpackabs.com (if you want to be healthy AND BUFF!) also on YouTube. good science!
Every time I feel the urge to exercise, I sit down until it goes away.
One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever we are doing and devote our attention to eating.
Food for us comes from our relatives, whether they have wings or fins or roots. That is how we consider food. Food has a culture. It has a history. It has a story. It has relationships.
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
Food is your body’s fuel. Without fuel your body wants to shut down.