Cut off the fat

Take the skin off the chicken, take the fat off the steak, buy skimmed milk (Yuk) – we have been told for years that cutting fat out of our diets is the right thing to do. But I’m not sold on the idea and here’s why.

Since the 1930’s we have been taking our saturated fat intake down and down until the present date when we are consuming less saturated fat as a species than at any other time in our recorded history. Yet…there’s an obesity epidemic…hundreds and thousands of people are dying from heart related illnesses…..cancer is up, arthritis is up. I could go on and on. So it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that what we are doing is not working.

Now the issue of fat in our diets is not a new one and I could write a very lengthy blog post on the issue but I’ll spare you this time. Suffice to say that avoiding fat is not a recommended pastime by most clinical nutrition experts. The list of advantages from the intake of fats is endless, from improved brain function, to the absorption of fat soluble vitamins. Now something I feel I need to address in the blog post is this: a pound of fat eaten is not a pound of fat gained…..by any means! It’s much more complicated than that; if that were the case tribes of old like the Inuit, the Masai and the old settlements in the Swiss mountains would be obese beyond measure; these guys used to consume almost totally Protein and saturated fat. Yet these were some of the healthiest people on the planet with cardiovascular health that is second to none. Now don’t get me wrong; there are bad fats:

Trans fats – Almost impossible to seek out in the UK as we don’t label the trans fat content of the food like they do over in the states, it’s safe to say this stuff is metabolic poison, commonly found in margarines, look for hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.

Polyunsaturated fat: “GASP! But the flora adverts say their good for me!” Polyunsaturated fats are very unstable, when they enter the body they can often become oxidized which can lead to plaque build up in the arteries, stokes and heart attacks. They are especially unstable when they are heated, say, in a frying pan.

As I have said this is an issue I could discuss at length but I want to leave you with something practical that you can implement into your life to make you healthier and fitter. If you buy organic meats/dairy – Eat the fat, it’s good for you! If you don’t – cut the fat off, all animals store toxins in fatty tissue, so all the medicines that the animal may have been injected with will spill out as you digest them. Try to avoid vegetable oils, although they contain omega 6 which is good in moderation, we already consume mountains of the stuff and our omega 3 to omega 6 ratio is way off, and it’s causing lots of health problems. Saturated fat will not kill you or make you fat, your brain is made out of the stuff, you would not exist without it.

Now you’re bound to have questions on this as I’m going totally against the grain! So I welcome all comments and questions, for example “what cooking oil should I use?”, “What about fat and cholesterol?”

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