There are many studies and controversies over fat. How much do we need? What are the best sources? Is saturated fat healthy? What about animal fats?
My intention is to shed some light in the fat direction based on my research from various studies and other practitioners and based on working with myself and with clients.
You will not get fat from eating the right types of fat! I say this because so many people still believe that fat makes them fat. Many people think that all fat is bad and others think only saturated fat is bad. Many practitioners and dieticians still call saturated fat, the bad fat. This is simply not true.
Granted, there are bad fats, including some saturated fats, such as: hydrogenated oils, pasteurized and homogenized dairy products, fried foods, refined vegetable oils and good oils heated too high.
Before I expound on the good fats, do you truly know what good fat does for our bodies? It is truly amazing. Some, but not all, of the benefits that fats provide include: provides warmth, enhances circulation, strengthens and nourishes all the glands and organs, aids in the digestion of proteins and carbohydrates, used in the production of many hormones, including the sex hormones, cell membranes, and tissue production. Fat is a great source of energy and athletes that switch to a higher fat diet see the results with better energy levels. Fat also enhances fluid metabolism and it regulates the passage of nutrients in and out of cells and it helps to regulate the proper weight for your body type.
What about saturated fat? The good saturated fats strengthen our immune system, aid in the proper functioning of the heart, lungs and brain, and boost metabolism.
A few other benefits that fats provide are their ability to lubricate the body, muscles, tendons, ligaments, organs and skin, decrease dryness in the body and increase moisture, decrease feelings of tiredness and sluggishness and increase feelings of vitality and energy, and finally, their ability to keep us hydrated. Once again, athletes that switch to a higher fat diet see the results with less injuries and better recovery times.
Most athletes know about the benefit of eating enough protein, but the fat has to be there along side the protein to get the most out of your training.
Picture you car engine as protein. What would happen to the engine if there were no oil, very little oil or low quality oil? The same applies to your body. Healthy protein equals new cells, new growth, rebuilding muscle, etc. And healthy fat, especially raw fat, equals lubrication, hydration, and cushioning for your muscles, joints, ligaments, etc.
Along with eating plenty of raw fats every day, with a little raw fruit and at times, some fresh vegetable juices, I drink very little water because I do not need it, nor do I crave it. Granted, fresh fruit and vegetable juices have a lot of water, but some days I consume neither, and I still drink very little water because of the raw fats I consume. When I say very little water, I mean 2-4 cups. Now, I am not advocating that anyone stop drinking water; but I am saying that if you start to eat more healthy raw fats, you will not need nor crave as much water and you will be healthier in the long term. Too much water, even filtered water, can make the circulation system sluggish, make your body too cold, and put a burden on the kidneys. The only way to appreciate this truth is to try it for your self.
What makes raw fat have the ability to hydrate the body so well? The amount of water liberated from the metabolism of fats, especially raw fats and including raw saturated fats, is greater than the amount of water liberated from the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates. Research from biochemistry books state that 10 grams of protein releases 4 grams of water, 10 grams of carbohydrates releases 6 grams of water, and 10 grams of fat releases 10 grams of water. The reason I stress raw fats, as opposed to cooked fats, in regards to hydrating the body is based on the fact that sufficient oxygen is needed to liberate the water from the fat and raw fat is alive with sufficient oxygen rich bacteria, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. The best way to hydrate the body is with food. In addition to raw fats, raw vegetable juices, raw salads, and raw fruits hydrate the body the best, much better than water.
The following fat foods are what I deem to be of the utmost importance, starting with the least healing to the most healing.
1) Organic pressed oils (olive, sesame, flax, cod liver, coconut – buy the best and try to find the ones that have not been heated over 110 degrees during the manufacturing)
2) Raw coconuts and coconut cream (make the cream with certain types of juicers)
3) Raw avocados
4) Raw eggs
5) Raw unsalted butter
I recommend that all these fats be organic and the butter come from animals that are grass fed. You may be wondering why I left nuts and seeds off the list. Granted, raw nuts and seeds are healthy in small amounts, and even healthier if properly prepared by sprouting or soaking, but they do not have the cleansing, lubricating, healing, warming, protective, and detoxifying effects as the other mentioned raw fats. The fats that have the ability to decompose or “rot” have the best ability to nourish and hydrate the body. The more life energy there is in a raw fat, the quicker it will decompose or “rot”. Nuts and seeds will last for a very long time, and good oils will last for some time; but, raw coconuts, avocados, eggs and butter will decompose fairly quickly and thus, they carry a greater amount of live energy and good bacteria and enzymes to make digestion easy and to facilitate healing, hydration, and many other wonderful properties that are mentioned in this article.
Raw fat is the most valuable and utilized nutrient in our toxic modern world. Among its beneficial effects, raw fats have the awesome ability to aid in the production of white blood cells, relax and comfort the body, protect the organs, glands, and cells, provide the most efficient, strongest, and most powerful energy for the body. Ultimately, raw fats dissolve and remove all sorts of toxins and toxic substances from the body; and we all have plenty of toxins from living in this world.
The healthy oils will help cleanse the blood, soften and dissolve scar tissue, heal nerve tissue, soften and strengthen the kidneys and liver, strengthen the heart, and dissolve internal scars and dead cells. Olive and coconut oil are also very healing used directly on the skin.
Raw avocados, raw coconut cream, and raw eggs are helpful in binding with toxins and carrying the toxins to the bowel system and out of the body. If you are taking herbs and supplements to dislodge toxins without the raw fat to bind with the toxins and take them to the bowels, the toxins will most likely settle in another part of the body. Avocado is particular helpful in cleansing and strengthening the liver. Raw eggs are one of the best compact and nutritious foods available. They are a quick and athlete friendly fast food. Raw eggs will digest in 30 minutes and be ready to provide energy and lubrication during your training and recovery and rebuilding after your training. One of the best pre or post training drinks is the Orange Julius. (fresh squeezed oranges and 1-2 raw eggs) On the cellular level, raw eggs aid in regeneration and maintenance. In addition, they are a great source of protein and fat and healthy cholesterol. Raw cholesterol is totally different than cooked cholesterol and cholesterol plays a vital role in the immune system and in the patching up of any injuries to the body. Therefore, since athletes put a lot of strain and demands on their bodies, they need to consume healthy cholesterol rich foods. I have been consuming raw eggs for several years with nothing but great health results. Please refer to the Great Egg Panic by Emily Green, LA Times, January 4, 2000, to get a better understanding of the propaganda behind the salmonella-poisoning scare due to raw eggs.
Raw unsalted butter is an incredible raw fat. It is a top notch healing food for our modern times. It soothes and lubricates nerves, muscles, and mucous membranes, cleanses and strengthens all the organs and glands, heals intestinal lesions, dissolves hardened plaque from eating bad fats, binds with and helps remove toxins and waste products from the body, lubricates bones and joints, cleanses, fuels, lubricates, protects, and rejuvenates cells, and aids in new cellular growth.
Some of this material may be contrary to what you have been told and I can appreciate your thinking and skepticism. However, I have seen the benefits from these raw fats in my health and in that of my clients, as well as the results of other practitioners incorporating these raw fats in their treatment protocols.
I hope I got you thinking in a new light about raw fat and how important it is to consume in these modern times in which we live.