So what fats should we eat and which ones should we avoid? The following fats have nourished healthy populations for thousands of years.
- Butter and other animal fats
- Coconut, palm and sesame oils
- Extra virgin, first pressed olive oil
- Raw, organic, cold-pressed flax oil
- Fish and fish oils.
The following fats which include high-tech, industrial fats and oils which have been linked to heart disease, cancer, immune dysfunction, sterility, learning problems, growth problems, and osteoporosis:
- All hydrogenated fats (including margarine and all processed salad dressings)
- Soy and cornoils
- Cottonseed oil
- Fats heated to extremely high temperatures in frying
Note that peanut and sesame oils are among those best suited for high temperature cooking such as stir frying.
So what should you do? First you must decide if you are a genetic carnivore or vegetarian. Many people do very well digesting and assimilating meat, fish, dairy, and avocado. If you are a genetic carnivore, eating a vegetarian diet can be detrimental to your health. Most of you are a little of each. For those of you who crave and digest meat easily, you are probably more of a carnivore. The opposite is true for vegetarians. Remember that the research shows that consuming lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet is critical to good health. If you eat foods as they are prepared by nature rather than by an industrial food chemist, you will dramatically improve your health.
Next week I will discuss two new theories on the true reasons for heart disease.
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