Are All Fats Beneficial?

Olive oil, a heart-healthy source of fat

Olive oil, a heart-healthy source of fat

 

First, let’s cut to the chase. No. Not all fats are created equal.

The second point worth noting is that eating fat doesn’t make you fat. In fact, you must consume the fats for good health, but that doesn’t include all fats. Fats make you feel full, and provide a host of other benefits like supporting immune system function, reducing cancer risk, and even helping with excess fat loss.

Yup! You need to eat fat to lose fat… but you need the right fats.

The problem these days is that most people are consuming unhealthy fats that come from hydrogenated oils. Many people are unaware of how unhealthy the vegetable oils they consume are, particularly because the oils are marketed as being healthy and made out of natural foods such as soy, corn, etc.

In reality, oils that have been refined or hydrogenated are extremely bad for the human body and cause many health-related problems.

 

What are Paleo-friendly sources of fat?

The Paleo diet uses fats and oils in their natural states. They are not bleached or subjected to chemical processes that make them harmful. The fats used in the Paleo diet are not only safe but are extremely beneficial to the body.

Meat, Fish, and Seafood

Since the diet encourages a decent intake of animal proteins (meat, fish, seafood), you’ll get a good portion of animal fats in your diet. Paleo dieters are further encouraged to get grass-fed meats because the food eaten by livestock in in the commercial farming environments is detrimental to the end product. Eating grass-fed meats will ensure that no ill-effects are passed down to you.

Generally speaking, animal fats are perfectly fine. Our ancestors ate lots of meat and our bodies have evolved over time to eat meat and handle animal fat. Rest assured that your cholesterol level is not going to skyrocket. Studies have proven that dietary cholesterol does not cause high cholesterol in humans.

Coconuts

Coconut oil is one of the most widely used oils in the Paleo diet. Just as olive oil is a staple in the Mediterranean diet, coconut oil is a staple oil in the Paleo diet. It contains over 90% saturated fat and every bit is good for you. Coconut oil is stable at room temperature and can be used for cooking. It contains lauric acid which is easily digested and helps boost your immune system.

Olive Oil

Another healthy fat seen in the Paleo diet is olive oil, particularly extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). This is a very healthy oil and provides a better balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Butter and Ghee

Butter and ghee are other fats that are also used to prepare Paleo dishes. Many Paleo dieters scramble their eggs in the morning with melted butter. Now, butter is not a strictly Paleo ingredient but it does have many health benefits, particularly butter from grass fed beef. So, if you’re willing to be a little lax, you can include a little butter as part of your diet.

Other Sources of Fat

Other Paleo-friendly sources of fat include avocados, nuts, and seeds. Just no peanuts (they’re a legume, which are not part of the Paleo plan).

 

These are just some of the fats in the Paleo diet. The point you should take away from this article is that the fats in the Paleo diet are perfectly healthy.

You should be more concerned with the normal food that is being sold commercially. These are the biggest culprits for most of society’s health issues these days. Avoid these unhealthy products and go Paleo. It truly is life-changing.

What are your favorite fats and oils to use? Leave your story in the comments below.

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