What have we been told for years by the conventional medical doctors, media and Big Pharma about saturated fats? They cause heart disease, clogs up the arteries, make you prone to have a heart attack, they makes you fat and they raise cholesterol. What if I told you that that information is
correct wrong, wrong, wrong?
Did you know that the Inuit lived on meat, blubber and fish. They had no access to vegetation. A doctor back in the 1900’s who lived with the Inuits for over a decade and a half found they did not have one sign of tooth decay, absolutely no heart issues, no cholesterol concerns and they were extremely healthy.
The Masai historically have and still do live on raw milk, blood and meat. They consider vegetables their “food for cows”. In the 1960’s a professor took a research team to Kenya, expecting to find high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and poor health. Instead he found robust, fit, healthy tribes with the lowest and most balanced cholesterol levels they had seen in the world and NO signs at all of heart issues or modern chronic diseases like we see here.
In addition to helping to restore your health, what if I told you instead of day-to-day feeling unwell, ok, or even just good…you could feel v i b r a n t? We are talking not just getting by during the day, but feeling amazing. Read on …
How the Misinformation Began
The demonization of saturated fat began in 1950's, when Dr. Ancel Keys published a paper allegedly comparing saturated fat intake and heart disease mortality. His theory turned out to be weak and unfounded. The big problem with his study was his cherry-picking approach of his data he reported. Read more on Dr. Keys paper in this article.
Keys based his theory on a study of six countries, in which higher saturated fat intake equated to higher rates of heart disease. However, he conveniently ignored data from 16 other countries that did not fit his theory. Had he chosen a different set of countries, the data would have shown that increasing the percent of calories from fat reduces the number of deaths from coronary heart disease.
And, as illustrated in the featured article, when you include all 22 countries for which data was available at the time of his study, you find that those who consume the highest percentage of saturated fat have the lowest risk of heart disease.
Furthermore, many have now realized that it's the trans fat found in margarine, vegetable shortening, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils that is the true villain, causing far more significant health problems than saturated fat ever could!
What If Saturated Fat Was Not Only Healthy For You, But Could Help Restore Your Health?
Emerging evidence is proving that a diet high in good saturated fats is not only healthy but it actually helps to heal all of the health issues that it claims to cause. Interesting! This article is meant to get you thinking. I mean really thinking and not just going along with what the “officials” say, but to do your own research and question popular “wisdom”.
So what are the alleged “heart healthy” folks eating? Lots of grains and starches, which we know are linked to GMO and cancer, they are pro-inflammatory, linked to autoimmune issues and digestive concerns and are all processed due to the shift in the processed agricultural revolution.
What most people don’t realize is that it took many years to convince people that eating traditional, animal fats like butter and cheese is bad for you, while eating highly-processed, industrial vegetable oils like corn and soybean oil is good for you. This simply defied common sense for most people. But the relentless, widespread campaign to discredit saturated fat and promote industrial oils was eventually successful.
What if I told you that there’s no evidence to support the idea that saturated fat consumption causes heart disease? What if I told you that the 50+ years of cultural brainwashing we have all been subject to was based on small, poorly designed studies? And what if I told you that a review of large, well-designed studies published in reputable medical journals showed that there is no association between saturated fat and heart disease?
Well, that’s what I’m telling you. We’ve been duped. Lied to. And we’ve suffered greatly as a result. Not only have we suffered from being encouraged to eat packaged and processed foods made with cheap, tasteless vegetable oils and refined carbohydrates (low-fat cuisine), but these very foods we were told would protect us from heart disease actually promote it!
Exert from Chris Kresser “New study puts final nail in the “saturated fat causes heart disease” coffin”.
Read the study here.
Doctors condone this false information, the media follows suit and we then generationally we “drink the kool-aid” from a very young age. The result: A deep rooted assumption and fear of certain false theories such as; saturated fat causes heart issues, the sun causes skin cancer, egg yolks raise cholesterol, etc… A preconceived knowledge keep people from challenging theories, asking questions, doing your own research and taking control of your health or becoming the experts in their own bodies. Big Pharma would rather you be passive. They make more money that way.
Why you Need Saturated Fat for Optimal Health
Below are health benefits associated with eating saturated fats in addition to also eating good sources of proteins and vegetables.
- Healthy and Optimal Brain Function. Your brain is mostly made of cholesterol and fat and a diet that skimps on these means that the brain is being nutritionally robbed of vital rebuilding nutrients. Think brain fog, staring into space, memory loss, Alzheimer's, forgetfulness, depression, ADD-ADHD, anger, bi-polar, etc…
- Healthy Gut / Digestion. The rule with the gallbladder is “use it or lose it”, meaning if you skimp on healthy fats, problems with the gallbladder and digestion can occur. Fats also help repair rips and tears in the lining, of the gut. Those tears can form ulcers, leaky gut, IBS, crohns, allergies and autoimmune responses.
- Cardiovascular Health. “Saturated fat plays a key role in cardiovascular health. The addition of saturated fat to the diet reduces the levels of a substance called lipoprotein (a) that correlates strongly with risk for heart disease. Research has shown that when women diet, those eating the greatest percentage of the total fat in their diets as saturated fat, lose the most weight.” –Dr. Mercola
- Proper Nervous System Communication. Saturated fats such as coconut oil, butter and lard function as signaling messengers that influence metabolism and hormones, specifically insulin. Therefore saturated fats are critical to help repair a body with diabetes or blood sugar issues.
- Bone Health. “Saturated fat is required for calcium to be effectively incorporated into bone. According to one of the foremost research experts in dietary fats and human health, Dr. Mary Enig, Ph.D., there’s a case to be made for having as much as 50 percent of the fats in your diet as saturated fats for this reason.” (Source)
- Bullet Proof your Immune System. Saturated fats such as butter, lard and coconut oil boosts the white blood cells ability to recognize foreign invaders such as bacteria, fungus, yeast, and viruses.
- Strong Liver. “Saturated fat has been shown to protect the liver from alcohol and medications, including acetaminophen and other drugs commonly used for pain and arthritis.” – Dr. Mercola
- Healthy Lungs. The air spaces in the lungs need to be coated with a healthy slippery surfacant. Take a guess as to what that is: saturated fats. When the body doesn't have them available to utilize, breathing can be hampered or impaired. It has also been shown that babies, including newborns with breathing issues may have a deficiency in saturated fats and this link may also be connected in asthma cases as well. (Source) and another source.
The pathogenetic relevance of surfactant was initially recognized in infant respiratory distress syndrome as a quantitative surfactant deficiency…
Surfactant proteins act as a first-line defense against invading microorganisms. Moreover, they possess binding capacity for aeroallergens, highlighting the possible role of the pulmonary surfactant system in allergic diseases such as asthma.
What I know to be true and what I have clinically experienced
I had many health issues (read my story here) stemming from a baby with chronic infections to cavities to acne, digestive issues, hypoglycemia, eczema and chronic dandruff. Once I did my research and learned that our 100 trillion+ cells membranes are made primarily of fat and cholesterol and that fat, especially saturated fat was their fuel for rebuilding, it made sense. But, the real proof was when I started really fat loading: lots of grass fed butter, lard, avocados, coconut oil, bone broth, raw cheese, grass fed meats, pastured eggs, seeds, coconut butter, fermented cod liver/butter oil, etc… Quite honestly, my mind was blown.
Supplement Solutions to Promote Heart Health
- Strong Probiotics. Essential for proper digestion and good gut health, both of which support your ability to absorb nutrients that help reduce inflammation (i.e. heart healthy!).
- Fermented Cod Liver Oil. Provides omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential for heart health—as well as brain health, weight loss and maintenance, and reducing inflammation, muscle and joint pain.
- High Vitamin Butter Oil. According to the research of Dr. Weston A. Price, cod liver oil and butter oil, when taken together, provide complementary factors leading to proper essential fatty acid balance. High-vitamin butter oil contains arachidonic acid (AA), an omega-6 fatty acid, while cod liver oil is rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an omega-3. Moreover, the saturated fatty acids in the butter oil promote efficient utilization of the unsaturated fatty acids in the cod liver oil. Finally, butter oil contains a broad and deep range of important quinones including vitamin K, E and CoQ enzymes while cod liver oil is rich in vitamin A and D. (Source)
- BioAvailable Magnesium. Studies show 80% of the population is deficient in Mg. This product is maximum Absorption! Magnesium is essential to over 400 different enzyme reactions and various other body functions. Magnesium ions (charged magnesium atoms) play a role in nerve conduction; muscle contraction, including your heart.
- I just feel so so much better overall!
- I wake up early without an alarm clock and have natural energy when I get up and sustained energy throughout the day
- Never need a nap anymore
- Skin – amazing, acne gone, super supple, and tight. I had suffered terribly, emotionally and physically from my acne.
- Scalp – sores gone. It did take about 1 year of serious fat loading and no grains for optimal results, but I'm there now!
- Immune system – this was so unbelievable. Anyone who knows me knows that the med center knew my first name because I was in there so often due to pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, etc… I have not been sick, not once in many years.
- Lungs – I had problems with my lungs due to the years of lung infections, however, they are stronger and healthier and my breathing is clearer than it has ever been. No issues what-so-ever.
- Low blood sugar – this has improved greatly. When you eat satiating foods, you naturally balance your blood sugar and never have that crash that grains and starches give you. You ideally want to go from a carb/sugar burner to a fat burner for optimal health.
- Oral health – this is another biggie. Since eating more saturated fats, my teeth sensitivity is gone, my gums are a lighter pink, no signs of cavities and my teeth are whiter and stronger than they have ever been. Read my homemade toothpaste recipe here.
- Cholesterol- my cholesterol has been and continues to stay absolutely balanced – even while eating many more good fats daily.
- Weight – super balanced. My only note is not to eat nuts like chips – they are quite calorically dense, eat them sparingly. I'm almost 5′ 8″ and I weigh 125 pounds…all while incorporating lots of good fats daily. Weight loss and low body fat is a natural side effect of eating good quality fats. This is a lot healthier and less expensive than Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers.
- Brain function – this is another biggie. Your brain is 60% fat, how important do you think it is to eat what it's made of? Extremely important! My days of brain fog and staring spells are a thing of the past.
- Other improvements – healing time, cut in half for anything. Thoughts and emotional health – great!
- From feeling good to feeling vibrant.
What My Clients Have Reported To Me …
- Diabetes disappeared
- Sustained energy without caffeine
- Shakiness gone
- Skin issues, eczema, rashes, acne, red blotching healed
- Crohns, IBS and autoimmune triggers a thing of the past
- Cavities healed
- Swollen gums no longer swollen
- Heart issues corrected
- Tightness of chest … history!
- Cholesterol levels balanced
- Stopped getting colds/ flu and infections
- Weight loss
- No more headaches, stomach aches or pain
- Freedom! No more eating constantly
- Not feeling that “I'm starving feeling”
- No more mid day slumps
- From feeling ok, to feeling amazing all day
- Dog and cat skin issues healed
- Dog and cat anxiety no longer a concern
- Dog and cat appetites more satiated
These were all reports I have received from my clients, feel free to read some of the success stories here.
Disclaimer: This information is for education only, these reports do not imply that I have cured my clients of any disease.
The Bottom Line
While eating saturated fats, goes against what mainstream preaches, I always: follow the money trail, do my own research, ask “how is what I'm doing working for me?” and do what makes my body function optimal and feel
good vibrant. Not only is science showing the importance of fats in the diet, but this is the way we have eaten for centuries and have had fewer reported health issues than our generations today with all the processed oils (canola, soybean and cottonseed), grains and the fake butters and margarine's.
For optimal health and rebuilding and repairing the body, I recommend eating 30-50% of your calories from fat and cholesterol. Getting your fats straight is such a foundation principle to true health.
What are your thoughts on saturated fats, do you eat them, do you eat low-fat? I'd love to know below.