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Why Saturated Fats are Healthier than Unsaturated Fats

The myth that saturated #fats are bad for you is probably the biggest myth in the nutrition world!



Saturated fats are extremely stable because they are bound together with single bonds making them non-reactive. Unsaturated fats are bound together with double bonds creating an unstable structure. Now there is a couple different types of #unsaturatedfat; #polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. Monounsaturated fats (MUFAS) only have one double bond whereas polyunsaturated fats (PUFAS) have two double bonds making polyunsaturated the worst for you. Most fats will contain a combination of all these types so you want to look at what they are primarily consisted of:


Saturated- #coconut oil, butter, ghee, #tallow, red palm fruit oil

Monounsaturated- #avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil, cod liver oil

Polyunsaturated- fish oil, nuts, seeds, seed oils, vegetable oils


Due to the chemical structure of polyunsaturated fats, they are prone to oxidative rancidity which is what forms free radicals. This means these fats will easily go rancid when exposed to heat, light or oxygen. If they aren't already rancid on the shelf, they will be once consumed because humans are warm blood creatures filled with oxygen. This is going to cause a lot of inflammation, accelerate aging, lead to obesity, cause #hormoneimbalances, suppress #thyroidfunction and more. They essentially are not made for human consumption.


However, it's impossible to completely avoid polyunsaturated fats and I think to some extent you can consume them. I do not recommend consuming them in isolation or when they are processed and stripped of their natural #vitaminE like with any vegetable/seed oils or processed plant based alternatives. But, if they are in their whole form like with organic #chiaseeds or wild-caught #salmon than they should have enough antioxidants to mitigate the damage of PUFA's and gather the free radicals up. I also do not advise heating these fats up in any way as you are only speeding up the oxidation process (this goes for your almond flour and almond milk lattes too)! Remember, moderation always and beware of the mycotoxins in many nuts especially non-organic. If you have chronic #gut issues, it may be best to avoid altogether as they can be irritating and hard to digest as well. I try to get sprouted or soak them when I can.


As for saturated fats, there is a lot of misleading research connecting saturated fats to heart disease. Research shows that heart disease is caused by inflammation which comes from polyunsaturated fats not saturated fats. Saturated fat also does not cause high LDL cholesterol as these levels actually have very little to do with dietary cholesterol. Besides that, the whole mentality of this theory is wrong because if we are eating foods that are high in cholesterol that would signal to our body that we are getting adequate levels of cholesterol thus lowering blood cholesterol not increasing it. Eating more saturated fats is actually going to improve cellular energy metabolism thus improving many systems in the body like your #liver, brain, bones, #thyroid, #immunesystem, nerves etc. So make sure to prioritize these in your diet (it's not too hard because most animal protein will contain some saturated fat)! These are also the only types of fat you should be cooking with. I cook all of my meals in a spoonful of grass fed butter and that seems to be enough fat for me each day as I eat a lot of grass fed dairy and meat as well.


P.S. polyunsaturated fats can oxidize on your skin too (60% is absorbed)! I will post my favourite low PUFA body/skin products soon.


Best,

Katie xx










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