Healthy Eating Tip #4

Fat has gotten a really bad rap from food faddism fueled by misguided science. This began in the 1970s and continues through today.

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We’ve all heard that a low-fat diet is the healthiest way to eat. Proponents have argued that we can reduce our risk of heart disease and stroke if we follow a low-fat regimen.

If that were true, wouldn’t we see people getting healthier by now? It’s time to add some fat and some flavor back into your diet.

In This Post:

  • What are quality fats
  • What fats to stay away from
  • Brands and resources for quality meat, fish, poultry and butter….

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Heart Disease Continues to be the #1 Killer

Heart disease has continued to rise at an alarming rates despite many Americans following these low-fat recommendations.

There’s more than meets the eyes, ears and stomachs when it comes to consuming fats. Sure, there are fats we should avoid: namely hydrogenated oils and trans fats.

These fats are highly processed and don’t meet our first recommendation to consume food as close to its God-given, natural form as possible.

Bad Fat

At all costs, stay away from margarine and any other form of butter substitute. I don’t care if you “can’t believe its not butter,” or how beautiful the farm photo is on the package. Just say “no!”

These highly processed vegetable oils are extraordinarily harmful to your health. Use real butter instead, from pastured and grass-fed cows or coconut oil for sautéing.

Good Fat

Wild caught fish (not farm raised) are a good source of healthy fats. Healthy fats also include fats from: olive and coconut oil, avocados, nut and seeds and pastured, grass-fed animals. This includes dairy – as long as it’s not from a factory-farmed cow.

Cow’s Shouldn’t Eat Grains

A cow is a ruminant animal, meaning that they have multiple chambers to their stomachs where the food they eat is properly fermented and digested. A cow’s natural diet is green grasses from the pasture. A cow in the wild would eat grass, clovers and the like. They would not consume grains.

All factory-farmed cows are fed grains in the form of corn-based feed. This disrupts the cow’s natural digestive processes and makes their systems too acidic. It also all but eliminates the important fat called CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). All this makes the fat from grain-fed dairy or beef unhealthy for us.

Studies have also shown that when cows are switched from a grain-based to a natural grass-fed diet, the E.coli counts in their gut bacteria drop by 1,000-fold in less than a week.

Don’t be afraid of beef or dairy if it’s from healthy, free range, pastured, grass- fed and grass-finished cows. This especially includes butter. We like to use the brand Kerry Gold in our house.

Healthy Poultry

Similar principles apply to poultry. Poultry should be free-range, pastured and fed a natural diet. A chicken is an omnivore, meaning in the wild they would consume both animal, and vegetable-based sources. A chicken will do well on a diet of worms and bugs as well as grains and vegetables. As long as your poultry is raised in this manner, feel free to enjoy it.

Getting Started

  • Throw out any margarine or butter substitut and start enjoying grass-fed butter, it’s delicious and nutritious. Kerry Gold from Ireland is a great brand.
  • Find a good source for grass-fed, grass-finished, pastured beef. The best source I know of is U.S. Wellness Meats. They deliver right to you door with free shipping.
  • Have some wild Sockeye salmon this week. The price comes down if you purchase the frozen fillets.

Yours in Health,


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