'Since hormones, including insulin, depend on fat for normal production and functioning, eating fat is essential for our survival'
Those of you who watch us more closely, or who have had the unfortunate experience of being our guests, will know that we are obsessed with fat. We live on it!
Very often I go to get my groceries and will get into conversation with someone - be it the shop keeper or other customers because they have made a comment that suggested low fat is best. The Sons could write the script for me! This low fat notion runs very deep in us. And yet, how interested most folks are in what they eat, when they stop to think about it. Many are quietly suffering all sort of health complaints that they would love to see improve and most are amazed when I tell them that fat is not bad and we live on it and we've lost weight!
Now I can't offer the GAPS diet as a fix all. It's far from that and nor is it suitable for everyone, but I have learnt that fat is crucial in our diet, but not any fat, only the right kind.
So what is the right kind?
Saturated animal fats: butter, lard, ghee, tallow, goose fat, fat in meat, full fat milk, cream (though dairy comes with a caveat of avoid it if it's pasteurised or homogenised - raw is best, or soured if not raw - I'll write a post on this in the future.)
Other: e.g. coconut oil and cold extracted virgin olive oil.
In other words, all the fat the world tells us we shouldn't eat! You know the script - 'it'll clog up your arteries, it causes obesity, it makes you ill!'
So I no longer for example, buy extra lean mince, but look for the fattiest. We gobble the fatty rind of belly pork slices with relish, knowing that the fat is doing our bodies good and as I've said in an earlier post, not making us fat! Rather it keeps us satiated in a way that carbohydrates can't. It did dawn on me that only a few years ago, if someone like me now had invited us to a meal, I would have cringed at all the fat being eaten!
If you are not on GAPS but want to follow a more traditional diet, then eating fat will go top of the list and you will want to become diligent in checking the ingredients of any products you buy. Cheap fats (like rapeseed oil) are used plentifully in processed, packeted foods, and are often rancid and toxic to the body. They cause disease and are best avoided. Things to avoid include butter substitutes, margarines, condiments such as mayonnaise, sandwich spreads, packets of biscuits/ bread/ cakes, cream substitutes, ready meals. Don't buy low-fat anything.
So why the obsession with fat? Listen to Dr. Schwarzbein:
Or listen to this:
The benefits of saturated fats - the much-maligned saturated fats .... are not the cause of our modern diseases. In fact, they play many important roles in the body chemistry:
I know I prefer the taste of natural fats to man-made ones. So enjoy without guilt!