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People Think That Fat Is "Bad" For You... They Are 100% Wrong

Colin Stuckert

“Butter was demonized and replaced with margarine, one of the most supremely stupid nutritional swap-outs in recent memory. Only much later did we discover that the supposedly healthier margarine was laden with trans fats, a really bad kind of fat created by using a kind of turkey baster to inject hydrogen atoms into a liquid (unsaturated) fat, making it more solid and giving it a longer shelf life. (Any time you read “partially hydrogenated oil” or “hydrogenated oil” in a list of ingredients, that means the food in question contains trans fats.) Unlike saturated fats from whole foods such as butter, trans fats (at least the manmade kind) actually do increase the risk for heart disease and strokes!” 

-Jonny Bowden, The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will

We are going to do a series on saturated fat and dietary fat in general.

This is one of the last nutrition “myths” still alive and kicking in the brains of the average person. Most people know that sugar is bad, and that anything with grains in it—like bread and muffins—isn't doing your waistline any favors, but few realize that pastured butter is a nutritional powerhouse that they should eat regularly. Hell, some people still eat only the egg whites! Blasphemy!

So, I’m going to make this a short “intro” to more in-depth posts on the demonized, yet highly nutritious, macronutrient known as “fat.”

First, throw away anything that is a substitute for fat. This includes margarine, seed oils like flax, canola, vegetable, and poisons like crisco (I shudder when I imagine people actually eating that stuff!).

Second, replace it with the best unsalted butter you can find (Kerrygold for the win) and/or pastured lard (we carry Fatworks’ amazing lard).

Third, get a bottle or jar of organic coconut oil and keep it on your counter for low-to-medium heat cooking and baking.

Fourth… actually, this is a good start. Do those three things today and you will have made an amazing step in the right direction to a better health and body.