If you remove water from the human body, which is about 70 percent of our body, half of your dry weight is made up of fat and half is protein. Fat is a structural element for the human body. And then there's human breast milk, which contains 54 percent saturated fat. Since breast milk is the most perfect diet in existence for developing infants, the presence of high amounts of saturated fat cannot easily be construed as a "mistake." Conventional medical authorities say that consumption of saturated animal fats is bad for you and causes heart disease. But a hundred years ago, fewer than than one in one hundred Americans were obese, and coronary heart disease was unknown. Fats can be confusing, but you can generally divide fats into four types:
Saturated fats, from animal fat and tropical oils Monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil Polyunsaturated fat, such as omega-3 and omega-6 fats Trans fats, such as margarine. Many have now realized that it's the trans fat found in margarine, vegetable shortening, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils that is the true villain, causing far more significant health problems than saturated fat ever could! Saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources provide a number of important health benefits. In fact, your body cannot function without saturated fats! Saturated fats are needed for the proper function of your Cell membranes, Heart, Bones (assimilate calcium), Liver, Lungs, Hormones, Genetic regulation, Immune system, Satiety (hunger regulation).
Saturated fats found in butter and coconut oil (myristic acid and lauric acid) play key roles in immune health. Loss of sufficient saturated fatty acids in the white blood cells hampers their ability to recognize and destroy foreign invaders, such as
viruses, bacteria, and fungi. The brain is made largely of fat and the majority of the fat in the brain is saturated. The Myelin Sheath that surrounds the nerves in the brain and ensures their proper function is also largely made of saturated fat and cholesterol. Thats why consuming saturated fats is extremely important for your brain. Additionally, saturated fat has been shown to protect the liver from the toxic insults of alcohol and medications, including acetaminophen and other drugs commonly used for pain and arthritis, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, and even to reverse the damage once it has occurred
When you replace saturated fat with a higher carbohydrate intake, particularly refined carbohydrate, you exacerbate insulin resistance and obesity, increase triglycerides and small LDL particles, and reduce beneficial HDL cholesterol. The majority of the Western population is constantly in a pro-inflammatory state, because people live on processed carbohydrates. They have too much insulin in their bloodstream, and insulin is a pro-inflammatory hormone. It will not allow inflammation to stop. This pro-inflammatory state is the basis for developing cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, autoimmunity, and pretty much every other degenerative condition. Fat is very satiating especially when paired with low carbohydrate eating. It’s difficult to overeat on a high-fat, low-carb diet.In fact, studies have shown that low-carb, high-fat diets not only reduce weight, they also retain or even increase lean muscle mass. Saturated fat has been a natural part of the human diet for millions of years, so it’s no surprise that it has health benefits.As part of a healthy lower carb diet, there’s nothing to fear about saturated fat.It has lots of health benefits, and the foods that contain it are some of the tastiest things on earth. So, I hope this article sheds some light on the importance of Saturated Fats for a Healthy Diet. Remember to always (and I mean always) choose Organic and when choosing meats make sure they are "Start-to-Finish". Happy Eating!
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