Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sunday is for Relaxing and Reading .... all about Fat

No, this isn't me, but it does look like a blissful way to spend a Sunday.

And while you're relaxing is the perfect time to get to that reading that you don't have time for during the rest of the week. Sometimes all you feel like is some escapist literature, but often it's also nice to stretch your mind a bit and learn about something new.

Every Sunday I will give you some quick overviews of interesting articles, books, websites and blogposts that I have found which I think you might find interesting in your quest for healthy Paleo living.

At the end of each post I will give you some links in case you feel like exploring the subject further - from your hammock or wherever your particular favourite relaxing place might be.


Today in my second post about micronutrients I'm going to delve into fat.

Lobsters with butter, bacon and eggs, and anything coconut tastes amazingly good .... but is it good for us?

The answer is Yes. In fact it's so good for us that the Paleo diet is normally considered a HIGH fat diet even though only moderate in protein and low in carbohydrates.

But there is a catch. It has to be the RIGHT kind of fat. For years we've been told to avoid animal fats and to eat vegetable oils instead. Now the scientific studies are showing us that was all wrong.

 I am not one who is particularly into science. When people start talking about "the polyunsaturated ratio" and "EPA and DPA" my eyes start to glaze over. And to add to that there are "polyunsaturated fats" and "monounsaturated fats" and you can't just say eat one and not the other because it's not that simple. What's a Paleo girl to do?

 All I want to know is what's safe to eat and what isn't, so after reading some very basic information, as far as I can see this is what we DON't want to eat :

Corn oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, peanut oil and basically all vegetable oils need to be avoided. I won't pretend I totally understand why, but for various reasons (that seem to take paragraphs and indecipherable charts to explain) they are not recommended by Mark Sisson and that's good enough for me.

What you CAN eat is animal fat. Butter, lard, bacon.... these are all good, as well as the fat that marbles your steak. In fact many save this fat and use it for cooking.

You can also have nut and seed oils as well as nuts,seeds, and nut butters.

Not peanut, but then peanuts are not really nuts remember.

You CAN have macadamia nut oil (expensive but delicious) walnut oil, and hazelnut oil. Some are not easy to find and most are not cheap but they make a great addition to your vinaigrette ingredients, if even only occasionally.
And you CAN have egg yolks. For many years people ate horrible tasteless egg whites because it was thought that eating too many eggs would give you high cholesterol. Thankfully that has all been proven to be wrong so enjoy your omelettes, quiches and even eggs benedict to your heart's content. (No pun intended.)

Dairy, other than milk, is allowed. Heavy fat cream and cheese are allowed in moderation.

Lastly fatty fruit such as avocado, olives and coconut are good for you as well. The coconut oil industry almost disappeared during the hight of the low fat craze, but now thankfully because of the increasing demand it is slowly getting back on it's feet again.

For me, it's enough to know what I can eat. As you can see there are lots of great foods that you are not only allowed but encouraged to eat. And that's good enough for me.

Other than a general understanding, I'm not really bothered about the specifics, but if you would like more, I do have some links for you. Even though Mark Sisson usually writes great easy-to-understand posts, when he starts getting super scientific I find myself tending to tune out, however that is just me. As I've said, I'm not the scientific type.

Here are two posts that will give you who are all the info. you need. And if you still want more he gives links to other information as well. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/fats/#axzz1n2VNTyK0

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