Fats: Which Ones To Avoid?
It’s a really great day when we finally realize that fats aren’t bad for us! Best day ever! I know I felt this way after depriving myself of my favorite foods, and not like junk food, but my favorite “whole foods”. I wouldn’t eat avacados (hold the guacamole). I would choose lean chicken breast over beef. I’d pass on the Extra-Virgin Olive Oil on a salad and just pour the vinigar over it. However, we are becoming more educated in nutrtion, and research is showing that we no longer have to fear fats. We still do have to keep in mind our caloric needs, so fat is definitely not a free for all, but they are beneficial to us. Unfortunately, there are certain fats that should be avoided as much as possible.
The two main fats to avoid are trans fats and polyunsaturated fats. These fats contain a large amount of PUFAS ( Polyunstaurated Fatty Acids). PUFAS are unstable and break down very quickly under chemical stress. These fats, such as vegtable oils, soybean oil, and canola oil contain a lot of PUFAs. Since these oils are highly processed, they become toxic from being exposed to high heat and metals during processing. These fats also throw our Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio off, which research has shown could lead to inflammation and many chronic conditions.
Trans fats, also labled as Hydrongonated oils are fats found in margarine, shortening, chicken nuggets, most mayonaise, chips and crackers. Seriously, it seems anything in a package at the grocery store contains hydrogonated oils along with a host of other harmful additives. So think of all the “snacks” you may put in your kid’s lunch bag, or even worse, the schools in our area that have vending machines filled with junk. Most fast food places and restaurants use these oils, because they are inexpensive.
Some great sources of healthy fats are organic olive oils, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, ghee (great if you can’t tolerate dairy), tallow, avacado oil, and some nut oils like almond oil. At Carbless Craze Cafe, you can enjoy any of the treats on the menu, because they are made with all of these healthy fats that are super beneficial to our health. Everything from the cinnomon rolls, protein breads, to the pizza are made with these healthy fats.
If you would like more in-depth information on this topic a great book is Deep Nutrition by Dr. Cate Shanahan, or Chris Kresser's site. Chris Kresser, is one of the most influential teachers in the ancestral health movement, paleo, and functional medicine. His site is filled with a gerat explaination of the seed oil preocessing and the research of the negative effects on human health.