Chew the Fat

Fat is so important in our diets! There are good fats, and bad fats. Generally speaking, if God made the fat, and we have kept it in its natural state, the fat is good. That includes saturated fats, such as butter. There are different fats that come and go in popularity. Wheat germ oil was very popular in the early health food world. That, and brewer’s yeast, were the two prominent aromas I would inhale upon entering a health food store back in the 1970’s! Today there is a huge choice of fats available for us to enjoy and benefit from.

Now, not all foods today have healthy fats — not even “natural” foods that we buy in their raw state. If the chicken has been cooped up in an artificial enviroment, the egg yolk will not be as healthy as the yolk of a free roaming fowl. The same is true of our meats, vegetables and grains. None of these reflect the healthier fat/nutrient profile that were present a half a century, or more, ago. When we are able, we need to buy organic, natural and unprocessed. And we need to add whole food supplements to our diets to insure we are taking in the nutrients our bodies need.

Fats keep our joints lubricated, our cell membranes healthy, our brains working, our skin smooth, and keep food in our stomachs longer, so we feel satisfied with what we’ve eaten. We need fats to absorb certain vitamins and minerals. (Can you explain the logic of drinking fat free milk to help prevent osteoporosis — since calcium is absorbed with fat?) And, there is even evidence of higher cancer rates among the low fat crowd. Some fats are antioxidants, some are antimicrobial and antiviral.

Children need fat for the healthy growth of body, a healthy immune system, and especially for healthy brain development! There are many articles published now about the hazards of vegetarian, and low fat diets for children.

Because fats are so important to the brain at all ages, this is an area scientists are looking at as a possible link in the cause of Alzheimer’s. Nearly all of the generation currently being affected by this disease were raised on food that had hydrogented fats in the ingredients. We all remember those margerine ads! You know, “Everything’s better with Blue Bonnet on it!” These hydrogenated, and partially hydrogenated, trans-fats are proven to cause damage at the cellular level! The increased consumption of hydrogenated fats correlates with the rise of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s!

Try adding some different fats to your diet such as wheat germ oil, walnut oil, coconut oil(great in cookies, cakes, and granola), safflower oil, and, don’t forget, plenty of olive oil. (Personally, I am such a fatoholic, I like to put some butter on my bread, and then dip it in the olive oil… mmmm.) Make sure these are cold pressed, or expeller pressed. Anything else will do more harm than good.

And for adding the most important essential fatty acids, talk to me about Tre-en-en Grain Concentrates, and our choice of three different omega III fatty acid products. They’re life-changing in terms of increased energy, and reduced inflammation!

Posted by Terri Fisher on September 4, 2005 at 2:45 p.m. There is 1 comment. You can leave a comment below or trackback from your site.

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Thank you Terri for the great info. We are trying hard to put back in our diet the things that are healthy for us. God bless you for your encouragment.

Joni

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