Fats are good
Well I have just arrived back from the Mindd conference on children’s health, replenished with new knowledge. The more I am finding out about nutrition the more I am steering away from a total raw diet! However, don’t worry I am still exploring this. Today I want to talk briefly on fats, which may not be for a raw diet but an equally healthy (if not more healthy) whole food diet.
Many of you know I am sure that we need a variety of fats in our diets: omega 3, omega 6, monounsaturated and saturated. We get these by eating a diverse diet and I have always been conscious of eating the first 3, however the saturated fats I have always thought I needed to avoid but apparently this is not necessarily the case. Many of the speakers today used and spoke highly of the flavour and nutritional benefits of ghee, coconut oil and animal fats: all saturated fats. It was highlighted that ghee and animal fats should come from grass fed animals, as this gives then animal fat and butter a range of vitamins (Vitamins A E K and D are found in the grass not grains).
Ghee is made from butter but has less fat and is relatively casein free so can often be consumed by people with a lactose intolerance. It has a rich nutty taste and a high smoke point, which makes it great for cooking. It is said to have a slightly alkalising effect on the body compared to butter which has a slightly acidic affect and is considered to be easier to digest*.
Coconut oil ( and I have bought Spiral Foods Coconut Oil) has been linked to a whole range of health and healing benefits**. While a saturated fat it contains no cholesterol, no trans-fatty acids and is unusually rich in medium chain fatty acids MCFA). These MCFA are apparently hard to find and help protect against heart disease**. It is also obviously a great source of fat for vegans and vegetarians!
Holly Davis poke highly of animal fats for cooking, both for flavour and nutrition. There are many vitamins and amino acids in animal fats, vital for good health. Researching this on-line I have found many who back this up and that there are many vitamins and amino acids in animal fats, which are vital for good health! ***
As I am not a nutritionist please consult your health professional before making any drastic changes to your diet. What I got from today is that diets are a very personal thing and need to be catered to the individual! xx
Web sites I used for this post are below:
*information on ghee
** Information on coconut oil:
***Information on animal fats:
You can get coconut oil form any good health food store and animal fats you can render at home. Just ask your butcher for the fats you need or use the fats you cut off any meat you buy.