Real Good Fat
For 50 years we’ve been told that dietary fat will lead to weight gain, ill-health, heart disease, and early death, but recently health experts such as Dr. Mark Hyman, Functional Medical Doctor at the Cleveland Clinic, have tried to reverse that misconception with books such as Eat Fat, Get Thin and programs on PBS explaining why we should all be eating more healthy fats. Chris Kresser and Mark Sisson have been touting the benefits of healthy fats for quite a bit longer, and most people in the Paleosphere are also well versed in the argument for full, healthy fat in our diets.
What are healthy fats, you may ask? Well, there are the ones that are commonly known such as avocado, grass-fed butter, coconut and olive oil. However, animal fat derived from healthy animals can also be a healthy sources of Omega 3s. These are often villainized, but indeed they are good for you, not to mention delicious! Bacon, anyone?
The Scientific Research shows, that it’s the industrial seed oils, pervasive in our culture, that are really to blame. Canola oil, rapeseed oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, peanut oil, corn oil, safflower oil, wheat-germ oil, grape-seed oil, rice bran oil and palm-kernel oil should all be avoided. The methods by which the oil is extracted, clarified and deodorized for palatability would leave you speechless. It’s really no better than the motor oil in your car, and it often looks just like that before it is processed into a form that a human might consider edible.
According to Chris Kresser’s health reset program 14Four the Fats to Eat Liberally are: coconut oil, palm oil (not the same as palm-kernal oil), olive oil, ghee (clarified butter), Lard, Tallow (beef and lamb), duck fat, dairy fat, chicken fat (schmaltz), eggs, meat, seafood, and macadamia oil.
Fats to Eat in Moderation: sesame oil, walnut oil, pecan oil, almond oil, flaxseed oil, avocado oil, nuts and seeds, and nut butters.
I hope this has helped to clarify which fats are healthy and why industrial seed oils should be avoided. Go, rejoice in, and enjoy some full-fat dairy, or something cooked in lard like your grandmother used to do it.