Fats – The Good The Bad and The Ugly


Fats have had a bad rap in the past and there has been much confusion over what fats we should and should eat. We used to think saturated fats meant bad fat but we now know this is not the case. If the saturated fat comes from an animal though, the animal must be a healthy free ranged organic animal. Not a grain or pellet feed animal. Not to mention free from added hormones and antibiotics.

The thing is not all fats are bad! In fact Omega 3’s are absolutely essential. As cavemen we ate a lot of food that were rich in omega 3’s such as fish and wild meats. We have become so dependent on omega 3’s that every cell in the body has a receptor site for them. Also, omega 3’s have be shown to help every disease known to man.

As a rule you should look to have at least 0.5 to 1 gram of omega 3’s for every body fat percentage you are. Look to add good fats to all your meals and supplement with fish oil or fish oil capsules in order to ensure optimal health.

Functions of fat in the human body
  • Insulation
  • Energy
  • Hormone production
  • Cell structure
  • Vitamins A, D, E and K are soluble in fat
  • Decrease Inflammation
  • Brain function

Another simply rule with fats is that if nature has provided it it’s good but if man has made it its bad. Although we are not big into counting calories you still have to be aware there are more than twice the calories in fat per gram than in protein or carbs so a little goes a long way.

Good Fats
  • Flax seeds
  • Hemp seed
  • Fish oil
  • Nuts
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Macadamia nut oil
  • Butter
  • Avocado
Fats to Avoid
  • Soybean oil
  • Flax seed oil
  • Trans fat (processed)
  • Peanuts
  • Vegetable oil
  • Canola oil
  • Margarine

Best options for cooking are butter and coconut oil.