Fat Is Good


| 1/5/2015 10:18:00 AM


Tags: New Year, Healthful Eating, Fat, Diet, Lee Ann,

Lee AnnWell, maybe not all fat, and I guarantee that the title of this post is not something you will often see – especially at the beginning of a new year! This is when everyone is talking and writing about losing weight, getting healthy, and cutting fat. I agree that this is a time to have a fresh start, make resolutions if you see fit, and rethink how we eat and generally live our lives. What I don't agree with are all the "fad" diets and exercise programs that rear their ugly heads this time of year. It seems like everywhere you turn – radio, TV, computer – there are ads for the latest and greatest way to get healthy. I believe that if we educate ourselves, and commit to a life of moderation in all things, we will be healthier than ever. And that goes for eating and cooking with fat!

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I can't begin to claim that I am a pro at either healthy eating, or a healthy lifestyle. Yes, we grow a lot of our own food, drink our own raw milk, I prefer to utilize natural healing and remedies, and we work the farm and dairy. But ... we like to eat and I like to cook. We try to be moderate, but because we like these things, it means that there is always some new temptation for us to try. There is always that new recipe or idea that inevitably contains some sort of ingredient that we really shouldn't be eating.

So we (I) need to rethink how we eat, and what and how I cook. One of the first places I will start in this new year is to learn a little more about fats. I know some of the basics – trans-fats are bad, vegetable oil is bad, soy is horrible – but after a little research I have found that there are a few fats that we actually need to be using in our diets. Here is a bit of what I am finding out:

Fat Is Good

There are such things as "good fats," and they are just as important as protein in our diet. They are essential for helping the body to absorb nutrients from the foods we eat. They supply an efficient source of energy, and they help our cell membranes and hormones properly develop. Good fats are also carriers for many of the vitamins that we tend to be deficient in – vitamins A, E and K. These good fats also help us to utilize vitamin D, which the majority of us show as a deficiency when eating the modern diet. These vitamin deficiencies can lead to all sorts of health concerns, as well as just feeling lousy.




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