What if I told you that I’d been living on saturated fats for the past three days during a coconut oil detox? I’ve been eating up to ten tablespoons per day and felt absolutely fine. I’m passionate about coconut oil. I use it for oil pulling each morning, make my own toothpaste with it, and consume several teaspoons throughout the day. There are so many ways to lose weight, but the food manufacturers fail to mention that not all saturated fats are created equal. Most of us know that we need to cut down on unhealthy fats, but cutting ALL fats out of our diet is an unhealthy choice. We can lose weight by eating saturated fat, and this article will teach you how.
Why Fats are Necessary
Several vitamins that we consume, including A, D, E and K, are fat-soluble, which means that we need to eat fats to support the body in producing these essential fatty acids. Fat also protects the internal organs, maintains healthy skin, and supports healthy brain development in children and newborns. The American Heart Association recommends that we get up to 35 percent of calories from fat. Fat help us to feel fuller for longer, although they are calorific.
Now that we know that fats are essential for optimum health, we must determine which are the healthiest types of fats. Firstly, which oil do you believe is healthier? Saturated fat or polyunsaturated fat? Secondly, do you know that trans fats are not saturated fat? If you chose polyunsaturated fat as the healthier fat, read on to learn why vegetables oils can contribute toward weight gain and a host of other nasties.
Trans Fatty Acids Contribute Toward Heart Disease
Trans fatty acids have long been considered a saturated fat, and this is the reason why most of us have been scared into eating a low fat diet. However, what the heart disease researchers fail to disclose to the public is that eating a diet high in coconut oil, which is primarily saturated fat, can lower the risk of heart disease. Trans fatty acids are found in processed foods like pastries, cakes, and cookies. Even margarine is no substitute for the extremely healthy fat short chain fatty acid called butter. Margarine is grey before colorants are added. I was shocked to read this advice by Heart Foundation advocating margarine as a healthier choice over butter. Cholesterol is absolutely necessary for the health of the body, especially the brain. In fact, researchers have discovered that patients with brain degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease have low levels of cholesterol in the brain. Butter is rich in the fat-soluble Vitamin A, and even minerals like manganese and zinc. It also contains the anti-cancer compound called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Switch to natural sources of saturated fats like butter and tropical oils. They are excellent for frying, as they can be heated to very high temperature without risk of oxidation.
The Lowdown on Saturated Fats
Saturated fat is often only consumed as lauric, stearic, and palmitic acid, and each of these fatty acids are no cause for concern. Animal fats contain stearic acid, which has no effect on cholesterol levels, while lauric and palmitic acid does raise cholesterol, but also raises high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol—healthy levels, while lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. This is great news in the field of research for heart disease, as the public need to learn the truth.
Both butter and tropical oils contain a different fatty acid structure than vegetable oils and olive oil. Butter is a short chain fatty acid, while coconut and palm oil are medium chain fatty acids. The body can better break down short and medium chain fatty acids to use as energy. Therefore, if you switch to using short or medium chain fatty acids for your baking and frying, you can look forward to possible weight loss, due to the increase in metabolism. Coconut oil and butter are still high in calories, so it is important to consider your daily calorific allowance. Research has also discovered that eating coconut oil can increase the metabolism by up to 48 percent.
Polyunsaturated Oils are Unhealthy
It is so easy to believe the healthcare experts, including dieticians and nutritionists, as they are in the business of making us healthier, so if a nutritionist told you to stop cooking with polyunsaturated oils and cook with saturated fats instead, what would you say? The truth is that we have all been lied to. After reading Bruce Fife’s The Coconut Oil Miracle, I want to firmly apologize to coconut oil for believing it was a bad fat during my teenage years. We only need to look at the levels of obesity in the world to know that we are eating the wrong types of fat. We must start cooking meals from scratch, and avoid processed fats, which are loaded with trans fatty acids.
A study on animals discovered that a rich diet of polyunsaturated fats suppressed their ability to learn, whilst also inhibiting the health of their immune system. There are high levels of myocardial infarctions in the United States, which is caused by an excessive consumption of polyunsaturated oils. Once heated, polyunsaturated fats can release free radicals. Another study was carried out by a plastic surgeon who discovered that the women who consumed higher level of vegetable oils had an increased level of wrinkles, compared to the women who ate natural fat sources like those found in animals fats.
Educating Ourselves on Good Fat Health
In truth, we must re-educate ourselves about saturated fats, because they are healthy. Yes, they are calorific, like all vegetable and olive oils, but we need to learn how the body breaks them down. Short chain fatty acids, like those found in butter, are broken down rapidly and turned into energy. This means that there is less of a likelihood that the saturated fat will contribute toward weight gain. Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid that is another good source of energy for the body. Long chain fatty acids, like those found in olive oil, are difficult for the body to break down, so an over consumption of these fats could contribute toward weight gain, when used regularly. However, please continue to eat olive oil, as it is a good source of mono-unsaturated fats and excellent for heart health. However, if we cut out the unhealthy trans fats and replace them with healthy fats, we can lose weight by eating saturated fat.