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saturated fats

i LOVE butter.  my parents used to play around with me as a kid and hand me a stick of butter when i wanted a snack.  har har har.  i cut it out of my life for years (minus when i would fall off the “wagon” and splurge).  but i have brought it back with a vengeance.  meaning that it makes a daily appearance in my food usually while cooking.

this is a typical breakfast:  egg omelette with asparagus, baby spinach, sharp cheddar, and cooked in BUTTAH.

i’ve read a few books and articles about the comeback of saturated fats and how the alternatives (mainly trans fats) are making us probably the most unhealthy we’ve ever been.  there are all kinds of super scary facts out there for the viewing about how trans fats wreak havoc on every part of our bodies and how prevalent this fat actually is.  if you want a wallop of easily digestible information about this, read deep nutrition.

through the years, a couple things i’ve heard have stuck with me:  trans fats are bad and they’re in fast food.  we should chuck the margarine and stick with plain old butter because butter is better.

but what are trans fats?  what do they really do to us?  what is the difference between margarine and butter?  but butter is all fat and aren’t we supposed to be avoiding that???  things get really confusing really fast.  that’s why i think people should really take an important initiative and educate themselves.  scour the web and other resources and find what’s out there.  i was shocked and horrified by the things i’ve found out.  and i’m still looking…

most of all, i was confused by a lot of contradictory claims (still am, as a matter of fact).  but yesterday, i got my issue of TIME and the front page practically said “FOR SARAH”:

the article was written by dr. mehmet oz (of oprah fame).  his “you: on a diet” was one of the first nutrition books i read that really spoke to me.  from this book, the main points i carried with me were to avoid sugars as much as possible, get rid of trans fats, and eat whole unprocessed foods.  however, dr. oz also touts that saturated fats are bad and should be avoided along with trans fats.  but dr. cate’s deep nutrition practically glorifies saturated fat by the very definition that it’s “saturated” and can’t be changed into evil things through the process of heating and such (unsaturated and trans fats have “holes” because they aren’t fully saturated and this causes them to be unstable.  they combine with other things to create life-depriving specimens within our bodies).  i really like the approach that dr. oz and dr. cate take on nutrition but i don’t like how they seem to butt heads on saturated fats.

but in the TIME article written by dr. oz, he seems to be swinging towards the “saturated fats are not so bad” bandwagon.  which makes me HAP-PAY!

want to get healthy?  then forget about diet soda and low-fat foods.  instead, tuck into some eggs, whole milk, salt, fat, nuts, wine, chocolate and coffee.

and this was the clincher for me:

bad fats generally include saturated fats (found in animal products), trans fats (found in hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils) and their cousin cholesterol (found in egg yolks, meats and dairy products).  even this general grouping, however, can be misleading: new research is finding that some saturated fats (like those found in coconut oil) may actually be good for you and that dietary cholesterol may not affect blood cholesterol as much as we once thought.  the only fat that is universally accepted as bad is trans fat…

dr. oz’s book was published in 2006 and since then, a revised version has come out (2009).  so i’m wondering if his new perspective is reflected in the new version.  anyway, it makes me glad that two doctors i respect seem to creeping up on the same page.

i would like to point out that i have heard bad things about trans fats and sugars throughout my life.  but i would still eat these things fairly regularly (like A LOT of people i know).  it wasn’t until i started actively researching on my own that i found information that brought me to my knees.  i recommend dr. cate’s book all the time because it is a good launching point to begin searching for answers.  motivation only came to me when i was hit with truths and were so ugly and yet so applicable to things i have been through.  i’m not just talking about yo-yo dieting.  i’m talking about failed pregnancies and fertility issues, being taken advantage of by the medical system, acne, being a “late bloomer”, seeing the people i love suffer with preventable and easily fixable health issues, and SO SO SO much more.  it’s not enough to tell people to get rid of or add things to their diets if they have no idea why or how devastating and far-reaching the effects can be.  basically, it comes down to FIND YOUR MOTIVATION.  and being skinny is NOT enough.  dr. cate‘s book has a slurry of motivating reasons.  when one of them knocks you to the ground, keep plowing.