If you’re the average person who hasn’t familiarized yourself with healthy eating, what to consume, and what not to consume, the first thing you attribute to fat is a negative aspect.
Truth be told, it isn’t your fault. Fat has been demonized time and time again as the cause for people gaining weight or well… getting fat.
However, what you may not have heard, read or learned is that there’s a difference between good and bad fat. Not only do you not want bad fat, but you actually NEED good fat. Yeah, I said it. You need fat. Let me explain.
GOOD fat, doesn’t make you fat. It gives you energy. An example of this would be saturated fats. In actual fact, fat, the good type, will make you happy! To further extend its usefulness, fat is the primary source of energy for Paleo dieters!
More often than not, if you read up on saturated fats, you’re going to find something negative about it. But in truth, our bodies were designed to run on fat as the primary source of energy, which means it’s perfectly natural.
Bad fats, are in the most unsuspecting. Who would think that peanut oil or vegetable oil would have the fats in them that would end up killing them?
Now, here are just some of the fats that you should look out for, and add to your Paleo lifestyle.
Butter and Ghee.
Although the caveman had no access to butter or ghee, butter and ghee consist of highly saturated fat and is full of conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) and is believed to have anti-cancer properties even! However, if you are allergic to all sorts of dairy, it may be better for you to stick to just Ghee or clarified butter where the butter is melted, with the milk proteins (casein), sugar and water removed. This removes the possibility that a person who isn’t able to handle lactose or casein dealing with leaky gut syndrome or autoimmune problems.
Coconut oil is 92% saturated fat which contains mainly fatty acids like Lauric acid which is easy to digest and has natural antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Coconut oil is a favorite in every Paleo lifestyle and should be used in all types of cooking.
Main source of energy in a pure Paleo diet, animal fats are important. However, you need to take note that animals in nature eating what they were supposed to and those bred for slaughter and processing are two absolutely different things. Toxins which are accumulated in the body will go to the fat and using animal fat from animals which aren’t organic is nowhere near equally as healthy as from animals which were free range and grain fed.
They aren’t especially expensive either. As animal fats are generally unpopular, you can obtain them from any local butcher or farmer for a reasonable price. What you do need to do after that is to render that fat so they’re usable to cook with later.
What you’ll be picking up from your local farmer or butcher are chunks of hard fatty tissues. Only after rendering that fat will you be able to use it for cooking. Of course, it doesn’t have to be animal fat, as it can be quite troublesome to use all the time. The other alternative can be the coconut oil as mentioned above.
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