Eating healthy sounds so boring when there is so much food that is sweet, salty, juicy and delicious to choose from. I too am one who doesn't really love the idea of eating to survive, so anything I learn that will help me eat and survive with healthy but tasty food, I'm in.
From a Dr. Mercola article on "forbidden foods" that are good for you, I read once again that foregoing saturated fat is not necessary because there are many spectacular health benefits from it such as promoting heart health, weight loss, immune system health and thyroid function.
That is good news because it tells us we can enjoy some of the foods that we've had to reject and mourned their passing from our diet.
You can ignore conventional wisdom that the comsumption of animal fats is bad for you and causes heart disease. Most medical "experts" believe this to be true, but a hundred years ago, fewer than one in one hundred Americans were obese, and coronary heart disease was unknown. That was then; this is now. Think about it: we have far more fat intake today than we did back then.
Demonizing saturated fat began in 1953 when Dr. Ancel Keys published a paper comparing saturated fat intake and heart disease mortality. His theory turned out to be flimsy, at best, but the midguided ousting of saturated fat has continued ever since.
Fortunately, the truth is finally starting to come out as medical scientists have begun to question Keys' findings. They have determined it's the trans fats found in margarine, vegetable shortening and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils that is the true villian causing a multitude of health problems.
Myth #1: Fat Is BAD For You.... The Fact Is, Its Not!
At least, not all fat is bad. Coconut oil was also a saturated fat that was "bad for your heart health". It turns out it is one of the healthiest fats on the planet. (You can read more about coconut oil on the "Cooking Oils 101" page). It is the ideal fat to use when you are seeking to replace calories from grains, sugar and excessive protein.
Myth #2: All Micro-Organisms Are Dangerous
We have become one of the most germophobic cultures in the world, attempting to sterilize ourselves into a bubble and our children as well. We need to realize we live in a world of micro-organisms.... bacteria, viruses and fungi. Our lives depend on living with them rather than avoiding them. Literally.
Micro-organisms Are Everywhere
You swallow them, breathe them, and they form invisible colonies on your skin. Your gut is home to approximately 100 trillion bacteria, both good and bad. These bacteria outnumber the cells in your body by about 10 to 1, and maintaining the ideal balance of health and disease causing microflora forms the foundation for your physical, mental and emotional health.
The microscopic "zoo" in your gut is the first line of defense for your immune system. A few of these micro-organisms can wreak havoc with your system, but most of these little "bugs" are good. They help you digest your food, stay protected from infections and even help to prevent autoimmune diseases like asthma, allergies and diabetes. Its the imbalance in your gut flora that can be a major contributor to many serious illnesses including autism, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
So take heed of this and other articles referencing saturated fats. Let them be a guidepost for keeping you healthy. When the experts begin to admit the old way isn't working, it's time to look at what has changed. In this case, what was old is new again.
Moderation is absolutely essential in one's diet. If you take this information as an excuse to "pig out" on saturated fats or decide to ignore the need to eat grass-fed livestock and organic produce, you are on a path to failure. Please don't do that! fh
Your body's "microbial community" is so crucial that researchers have compared it to a "newly recognized organ" whose function is so important that you simply cannot be optimally healthy without it.
Balancing your gut flora with superfoods can up the ante on your ability to improve your health.
Some super foods to consider including in your diet are veggies (fermented if possible), kale, whey protein, organic eggs, coconut oil, avocado, organic butter and pomegranate.