24 Jul Are You Afraid of Fat?
Do you feel completely confused whether you should cut fat from diet?
I shunned fat throughout my life because I thought fat is bad for you, the very reason for heart attacks.
And I’m sure you and I share this common belief.
Then, it got me to probe deeper–
Where did the idea of …
Saturated Fat consumption correlates to Heart Disease
…comes from in the first place?
Well, well, it turns out that it all started in 1953, an American scientist called Dr Ancel Keys, published an epidemiology study called the Seven Countries Study which examines prevalence of heart risk and saturated fat.
He found that in countries where people consumed more fat, there were higher incidence of heart disease.
Hence, concluded that fat caused coronary heart disease.
What you may not know is that when Dr Keys published his data, he selectively picked information from 7 countries (he started out with 22 countries and chose the ones that fit into his hypothesis to prove his correlation. By the way, correlation does not mean causation).
And the rest is history.
Talk about bad science which had a rippled effect for decades.
There are more stories to it of course, but that’s for another time on how it had major influence on dietary guidelines and promotion of vegetable oil, margarine, trans fat as the choice of fat over animal fats.
The shift of demonizing fats caused a huge wave of low-fat diet (and as a result, a spill-over effect to people eating lots of carbs).
Is it a mere coincidence that we’re seeing high incidences of heart disease (still topping the charts), cancer and diabetes cases?
Very interestingly, recent studies have investigated that there’s no association between saturated fat intake and heart disease.
For instance, we know that coconut is a highly saturated fat food.
But it’s the good, healthy kind!
Coconut’s medium-chain fatty acids or triglycerides (MCTs) are quick to digest and easily used for energy.
If you’re eating low-fat or fat-free diet, your may be experiencing the following: Dry skin, brittle nails and hair, depression, weight gain (surprise!)
Coconut oil due to its high level of saturation is more stable, hence making it an ideal fat to use for cooking and baking as compared to the so-called ‘vegetable oil’, being unstable fats that can easily go rancid once it’s exposed to light, air and heat.
There is nothing nutritious about rancid fats because they are toxin and creates free radical in the body which is obviously harmful for health.
Yuck, no thanks!
But you’re not ready to dive down on coconut oil yet?
That’s why I love this new smoothie recipe which incorporates coconut milk (Avoid those that contains carrageenan-can cause leaky gut, stabilizers and other unnecessary additives)
Here you go!
- *Green bottom*
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1 kiwi, skin removed
- ½ avocado, pitted
- *White top*
- ½ cup of coconut milk
- 1 banana
- Place spinach, kiwi, avocado in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and set aside. Rinse blender.
- Place coconut milk and banana in the blender and blend until smooth.
- Gently spoon banana mixture on top of the green smoothie, so as not to sink into the first mixture.
- Top it off with chia seeds.
Lovin’ up your healthy FATS,