Beautifying Fats and Oils
What’s my secret? Well, one of the weapons in my arsenal against aging is dietary FAT. I’m talking about copious amounts of fat and oils. If I happen to succumb to bread in a restaurant, for example, I make it a better food by lathering on butter—and I mean lathering. I always have to ask the waiter for more.
Fear of butter is a great example of the parroting of conventional wisdom. Why is that? Why is a food that has been historically eaten and revered by many cultures now considered something to be wary of, even terrified of?
A Very Short History of The Lowfat Diet
The lowfat dogma was put into play at the end of WWII by researchers who indulged in shoddy research practices. Though the subject is way too lengthy for this article (you can read the full story in my book Death by Supermarket), suffice it to say here that the conclusions initially reached—as well as subsequent research conclusions—relied on cherry picking through data to arrive at the message the researchers were looking for. That message was to eat less fat.
The eat less fat message profited makers of products containing highly addictive refined carbs, which plug right into the reward center of the brain. After all, without fat such as meat and the fat on meat, and butter, cheese, eggs, dairy, people had to eat something so they gladly succumbed to cereal, chips, tortillas, fries, and other refined carbs. Meanwhile, national health deteriorated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Into this wide open arena of potential gain jumped the diet and drug industry, in particular the makers of cholesterol lowering, anti-inflammatory, and diabetes drugs, as well as myriad of OTCs for all the aches and pains of being unhealthy.
A growing faction of renegade researchers, clinical nutritionists, M.D.s, and naturopathic physicians, would return Americans to the same diet—rich in organic saturated fats and cholesterol laden foods—that we ate prior to the year 1900, when heart disease was virtually nonexistent in the U.S. Many of these rebels, including me, are followers of the obscure research of a little known dentist named Weston A. Price.
Dr. Price and his wife traveled the world from 1930-40 studying the effect of nutrition on human health and disease by examining the indigenous diets of fourteen primitive cultures from Switzerland, Scotland, Alaska, North America, Peru, South Pacific, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He studied primitive people who ate historically indigenous diets that included fat from the organ meat of wild or grass-fed domesticated animals, insects, birds, sea mammals, guinea pigs, bears and hogs, egg yolks from various birds, whole raw milk, cheese, butter and other dairy products, fish, shellfish, fish organs, fish liver oils, and fish eggs. Almost always the primitive people had all thirty-two, perfectly aligned teeth and cavities were a rarity. They were attractive, cheerful, robust, fertile, and free from mental, dental, and degenerative diseases.
Those who ventured out to live on white man’s food—sugar, flour, pasteurized milk, hydrogenated vegetable oils, and other factory foods—developed infertility problems and suffered with awful teeth and gums as well as infectious, mental, and degenerative diseases and obesity.
Hmmm, Not So Fast, Maybe Fat Isn’t So Bad
Fear of fat is just silly. There is one reason that keeps people eating a low fat diet: MONEY. Keeping people on diets of highly refined carbs, popping lots of pills, and dieting is making a lot of people very rich.
I could totally put you to sleep reciting all the studies and reviews of studies that have demonstrated the very scanty evidence supporting the lowfat diet. All the fats that have been particularly vilified such as lard, chicken fat, steak, eggs, whole milk, coconut oil, and butter are actually health giving metabolic building supplies.
Lard (pork fat) is made up of 50 percent monounsaturated fat, 40 percent saturated fat and 10 percent polyunsaturated fat). Monounsaturated fat is considered highly heart healthy. More important, because of the 40 percent saturated fat, lard and coconut oils are the preferred fat to sauté with because saturated fat does not become molecularly damaged as easily with exposure to heat, light, and oxygen. (When fats are molecularly damaged they contain high amounts of free radicals. Read more about free radicals here http://www.alwaysnewyou.com/nancy-deville/how-to-attain-the-glow-of-beauty.html.)
Chicken fat is about 30 percent saturated, 50 percent monounsaturated and 20 percent polyunsaturated. I always look for chicken parts with the skin on. Why throw away all that taste and all that healthful goodness?
Steak actually contains one half monounsaturated fat and one half saturated fat. So why is it that monounsaturated fat in olive oil is good but bad in meat? Explain that one. The other half of the fat in steak is saturated, in part with stearic acid, which raises the HDL cholesterol—a good thing.
Eggs, which my grandma called “the perfect food,” contain Omega 3 fatty acids, which reduce your risk of cancer and improve brain health (including reducing depression, improving memory and performance), make beautiful skin, and improve circulation.
Whole milk, in particular whole raw milk IS a perfect food. You could live on it. Raw whole milk contains butterfat, which is 65 percent saturated, 30 percent monounsaturated and 5 percent polyunsaturated. These fats are used to make things in your body, hormones, neurotransmitters, cells. Studies have shown that kids who drink whole milk are leaner than kids who drink lowfat milk.
Coconut oil was vilified by the soy industry so that they could promote their highly toxic, carcinogenic oil. Coconut oil is not artery clogging. In fact, saturated fat doesn’t easily oxidize, so it doesn’t collect in the arteries. Coconut oil raises HDL (good) cholesterol. It converts into my all time favorite sex hormone pregnenalone, which is the “mother” of all hormones. It also contains monolaurin, which are antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Coconut oil is thermogenic—it burns fat.
Butter, one of my favorite foods, is beautifying and sexifying. For thousands of years butter was offered to the gods. Butter has not lost its potential. I have had a love affair with butter for fifteen years. And not just because it makes everything taste so sexy and divine. Butter is a therapeutic food that can heal a lot of people from a lot of health problems. It contains vitamin A to rebuild and repair your thyroid and adrenals. It helps your immune system and contains antioxidants to fight off free radicals. It contains conjugated linoleic acid, a serious anti-cancer agent. It helps build muscle. I could go on because there are many, many health benefits of butter.
Some Other Really Wonderful Fats
Olive oil, cod liver oil (please buy the flavored kind), primrose, borage, and black current seed oil have not been vilified by the food and medical industries, but have not gotten the attention they deserve. These are therapeutic oils that can heal you and protect you from disease and aging. You can also eat healthy fats in foods like avocados and nuts.
Do You Really Want to Be Optimally Healthy—and Optimally Gorgeous?
My program of optimal health can be summed up simply as building up more than you break down. Human metabolism is roughly divided into two functions: breaking down and building up. If you don't provide your body with the biochemicals it needs to rebuild and remodel it will break down and not be able to rebuild.
Three Reasons to Eat Fat
- Metabolic processes depend on fat: Essential to the remodeling process are amino acids (proteins) and fats/cholesterol because we are made out of amino acids and fats
- Brain health: Fats/cholesterol are used to rebuild and remodel every cell in your body including brain cells (thus the multi-billion dollar antidepressant industry)
- Hormone balance: Cholesterol is the precursor to pregnenalone, which is the “mother” of all hormones. Your hormone system is the chemical communication system of your body. Without adequate hormones your system is going to break down fast . . . And your sex drive is going to go majorly bye-bye.
- Immune function: Fat is essential for a healthy immune system.
Be Afraid, Be VERY Afraid
There are fats and oils that should cause you to run screaming from the room. These are the fats and oils that have been foisted on us by the food industry. They used to tout these horrible oils as health giving but now they are merely skulking in the background hoping that people are too lazy or too busy to actually notice. These carcinogenic, uglifying oils are in all factory-produced foods containing fat. They are in all fast foods, and most restaurant food.
Very Bad Fats And Oils
Most people by now understand that partially hydrogenated fat contains deadly transfats. But many people still don’t understand that vegetable oils contain free radicals, which are just as deadly as transfats. Corn, safflower, sunflower, soy, peanut, and canola are polyunsaturated vegetable oils that have been molecularly damaged in the refining process (exposure to heat, oxygen, light, and chemicals). These oils deliver free radicals into your system that promote inflammation including brain inflammation, cancer, and other degenerative diseases of aging. They do not make you pretty.
Hopefully after you read this you won’t want to get near another polyunsaturated vegetable oil. But we also have to be mindful that these fats are everywhere—I’m talking about the diner that I like to go to on Main Street in Santa Monica, at the movie theater lurking in the popcorn, in the candy bar you sneak at work. Every time we indulge in one of these bad fats it spells one step closer to accelerated aging. So eat with caution.
Some Delivery Systems For Bad Fats
- Bottled salad dressings like Kraft Thousand Island Dressing
- Cheese “foods” like Smart Beat Healthy fat free non?dairy slices and Kraft Velveeta Deep?fried foods found at McDonald’s, KFC, Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme
- Fast food, restaurant, and prepared sauces
- All factory food containing polyunsaturated fat, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil; heat, chemical and petroleum solvent treated polyunsaturated vegetable cooking oils such as Premier Harvest Soybean Oil, Enova Oil and Wesson Oil
- Imitation meat such as Litelife Smart Deli Meatless Fat free Bologna Slices
- Factory mayonnaises like regular Hellmans, as well as Hellman’s Just 2 Good! Reduced Fat Mayonnaise and Kraft Miracle Whip
- Kraft fake sour cream and fake dessert toppings like Cool?Whip
- Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated vegetable margarines such as Country Crock, Nuvel and Land’O Lakes
- Movie popcorn and micro?wave popcorn like General Mills Pop Secret Microwave Homestyle Butter Popcorn
- Non-dairy artificial cream products like Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamer
- Soy spreads like Take Control Soybean Spread
- Vegetable shortening like the all?American Crisco Pure Vegetable Oil
- And last but not least, any “healthy” Omega 3 spreadable spread like Smart Balance
Avoiding unhealthy fat and eating therapeutic fats and like butter, meat and the fat off of meat, omega 3 oils like cod liver oil, avocados, nuts, coconut oil, borage, black current oil, and olive oil will lower your risk for disease and increase your potential for optimal health. Metabolism, brain health, hormone balance, and a healthy immune system all seem like something we would all desire. Shed your fear of healthy fats and begin to heal.
Peace, Fun, Love.
Your girlfriend in health,