A walk down the grocery aisle will confirm our obsession with low-fat foods. We’re bombarded with supposedly guilt-free options from baked potato chips, fat-free ice cream, low-fat candies, cookies, and cakes. But while our low-fat options have exploded, so have obesity rates. Clearly, low-fat foods and diets are not the answer to achieving the healthy bodies we desire.
Despite what you may think, fat is not the bad guy in regards to the waistline. But the wrong fats are. The half-life of fats in human adipose tissue is 600 years. That means that significant amounts of oils previously consumed, can take up to 4 years to be rid from the body if you are actively trying to lose weight and adipose! Yukk! That means, if I ate French Fries from a fast food restaurant, the trans fatty acids might stay in my body for 4 years and these are fats that are linked to cancer.
Despite what you likely have been told and led to believe, the wrong fats are UNSATURATED fats and the good fats are SATURATED FATS.
In fact, unsaturated fats are essential for spontaneous formation of cancer tumors. Cancer tumors secrete a factor that mobilizes fats from storage. So if you are filling your body with unsaturated fats, which get stored in your adipose tissue and liver, you are providing the perfect food for a cancerous tumor to grow (unsaturated fat + sugar = an excellent recipe for cancer.) However, if you consume saturated fats like COCONUT OIL and BUTTER these do not promote tumor growth. Olive oil is not a strong tumor promoter, but in some experiments it does have a slightly permissive effect on tumor growth.
Consumption of unsaturated fats also has an aging effect on the skin AND increased sensitivity of the skin to UV light – that is a connection to potential skin cancer. Saturated fats, however, can protect the skin against ultra-violet light harm.
BAD FAT OILS:
Sesame seed oil
Flax seed oil
Grape seed oil
(To a degree) Olive oil
GOOD FAT OILS:
Coconut oil Butter (from pasture fed cows;)
Packaged snack foods
Commercial advertising that includes medical conferences sponsored by pharmaceutical companies has created false impressions of unsaturated fats in the human diet. Unsaturated oils are in fact toxic to the heart yet intense lobbying by the soybean industry has created the widespread belief that tropical oils cause heart disease.
Let’s expose the truth of saturated oils such as COCONUT OIL & BUTTER: Both coconut oil and butter contain short and medium chain saturated fatty acids, which are:
- Easily metabolized
- Support the immune system by inhibiting the release of histamine
- Support the thyroid gland by promoting the expression of T3
- Reduce stress responses by counteracting stress induced proteins
- Promote differentiation of cancer cells (a good thing)
- Lead to larger brains with higher intelligence
- Impairs intracellular communication
- Suppresses several immune functions related to cancer
- Are present in high concentration in cancer cells
- Lead to smaller brains with lower intelligence
- Interfere with learning and behavior
Something worth mentioning is that unsaturated fats are always liquid whereas saturated fats harden when cold. Let’s simply look at our natural world. Please consider a fish versus a coconut. The fat in fish and also in seeds is unsaturated. Both go rancid and oxidize when heated and we all can understand that by recalling the odor of a fish left out in the sun. A coconut however, does not go rancid or oxidize in the heat. It grows in the hot tropics and therefore when ingested and absorbed into the hot environment of our human bodies, it maintains it’s integrity.
(An additional side note worth mentioning is that there is a marked absence of osteoporosis in tropical cultures, which may be related to the ingestion of tropical oils like coconut oil…..hmmmm, isn’t that interesting. Also, the Vit D3 levels are much higher in tropical regions due to sunlight, also not our enemy.
Bottom line is this: opting for butter and coconut oil (saturated fats) is healthier and may even contribute to weight loss. Unsaturated fats as mentioned above ought to be avoided.