Not all fats are created equal.
Today’s modern eating habits are based on a lot of conventional wisdom, which, unfortunately, is wrong. Take a minute to read the below article and note how it contradicts quite a few things that all of us have accepted as truth at one point or another in regards to food. There is no shame or embarrassment in believing Standard American Diet (SAD) fallacies; it is what we have all been taught and told over the past few decades. The only shame is in not doing your own research, and learning what is truth and what is fiction. We are all on a journey, learning together, supporting one another, and doing the best we can.
LET’S TALK FATS. What oils do you use for cooking? If your answer is vegetable, canola, soybean, peanut, sunflower oil, or anything similar, it’s time to make a change. All of these oils, and other highly processed oils, are made from seeds, grains, and legumes. They are usually pretty neutral in flavors, have high smoking points for cooking, and are cheap! Perfect, right? Notsomuch.
All of these are polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) that are high in Omega-6. These can cause a number of health-related issues, to include heart problems, obesity, and systemic inflammation, just to name a few. Fit Bomb provides a fantastic article here that explains the science behind saturated and unsaturated fats and why you should avoid PUFAs; they also outline how heavily processed these oils are and how they are often soaked with hexane, an ingredient used in gasoline and roofing. Gross!
So–what oils should you be using, and what fats are healthy fats? Saturated ones. Nut oils, avocado oil, coconut oil, organic, grass-fed butter, ghee, olive oil. You can also get healthy fats from foods that have a high level of Omega-3s (the good kind!) such as fish, nuts, olives and more. Here is another great article on why it’s important to eat healthy fats, and how they can actually help you to lose weight!
Coconut oil is by far one of the best healthy fats around. It has a high smoking temperature, so it can be used for roasting and other high-temperature cooking, when olive oil would just burn. And it’s not just for eating! There are literally HUNDREDS of uses and benefits of coconut oil. Here are some evidence-based benefits of coconut oil. And yes, coconut oil can be pricey–but do you really want to skimp when it comes to your health? Carrington Farms produces a 54 ounce jar that is the best deal around–$27 on their website. If you have a Costco membership, or you have a friend that does, you can get that same 54 ounce jar for $16! Money well spent.
In addition to cooking, coconut oil can be used for a myriad of other things–a few are listed below. What do YOU use coconut oil for?
Skincare–can be used as a shaving cream, moisturizer, lip balm, makeup remover, and sunburn soother.
Hair care–leave-in overnight conditioner, or tame flyaways!
Other benefits–boosts metabolism, supports a healthy thyroid, and provides energy. It can also be given to pets to improve their health and let them reap the benefits too!
Here’s a list of 101 Uses for Coconut Oil from Wellness Mama, just to get you started!