by Mary Howard, RN
You need some fat in your diet but let’s look at how much and what kind is
Processed shortenings that are hydrogenated have an extra molecule added to them to make them hard at room temperature. Vegetable oil is hydrogenated to make it thicker. Shortenings undergo even more processing than oils because, not only are they hydrogenated, they also go through a bleaching process.
Any time you put a highly processed, chemically altered substance into your body, you run the risk of your body not knowing what to do with it. Your body will stockpile it as fat or in one of your organs. Later, your body may encapsulate it to protect you from harm. This is how many cancers and tumors begin. When your immune system is compromised, as from illness, weight loss or stress toxins from chemically altered foods that you ate in the past can start to surface and make you feel very weak, tired and sick.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a very healthy oil to use because it is not subject to high heat during extraction. Animal fats can be okay and actually healthy if the animal is raised on green pasture. Animals raised on pasture have the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) present in the fat. However, beware of fat from animals raised on hay and grains because they contain little to none of these vitamins.
Fat is also where many toxins and hormones are stored. If you don’t know where your animal fats like butter, lard and meat fats come from, you could be increasing your risk of taking in toxins and hormones you do not want. (Meaning, if you buy it in a grocery store, you probably don’t know where it’s coming from, if you buy it from the farmer, you can ask exactly what is going into his animals.)
Any fat in its natural state is better for you than processed fat. There is little evidence that fats eaten in their natural state increase LDL (bad Cholesterol). These fats include butter, lard, eggs, and meat fat. Some of these fats can even increase HDL’s (good Cholesterol).
How much fat we should consume? Remember the motto, “Everything In Moderation.” It is a fact that 1 gram of fat contains 9 calories, while 1 gram of protein or carbohydrate contains 4 calories. A calorie is a calorie whether it is fat, protein or carbohydrate. Babies need high amounts of fats in their diet compared to adults, but it needs to come from natural sources. Eating foods in their natural form is always your safest bet.
Mary Howard is a Registered Nurse, mother of two, and enjoys natural gardening. She hosts this Site: www.Powerlinehealth.com