Saturated fat has often been demonized by the food industry, animal lovers, and even doctors. But is the recommendation to severely limit the amount of saturated fat you eat each day actually based on substantial evidence?
In this article, I wish to share 5 Reasons Saturated Fat is an essential part of your nutrition strategy.
You will also find a video below of me teaching the practical application of how to do this — each Wednesday I do a short, special topic training for members of the Power Foods Lifestyle Champions Facebook Group (click here to request being added). Though I prefer you to have before joining, you are welcome to come join, watch, listen, and learn.
Animal fats have their place in a strategic eating lifestyle. They should not be glamorized, but then again, I don’t believe any one variable should be positioned as the end-all solution to “why you’re not achieving your best health and body composition” (hopefully you could hear my satirical marketing voice there ;)).
Rather, each piece of nuanced scientific evidence has a place. I can argue for or against any study that has ever been performed which can claim either for or against the case due to the fact that that there are extremely limited variables involved.
There is no such thing as a perfect study, so instead of taking them at face value, we use them to learn from, hypothesize, and put into the framework of the PFL.
The Power Foods Lifestyle is the system I use to teach you how to strategize all of the scientifically-proven and needful elements of your nutrition intake.
You will learn more about the how as you watch my video at the bottom of this blog post.
With that said, let’s dive into the 5 Reasons you should be eating saturated fat (fats from animals like cows, pigs, buffalo, chicken, etc.).
Less Plaque Buildup in the Arteries
Cholesterol and saturated fat have been shown to not cause any problem to your arteries until they are oxidized. That begs the question: What causes oxidation of cholesterol in the arteries?
The answer is sugar, which we know from The Power Foods Lifestyle to be the broken down molecules of carbohydrates.
As you follow the PFL strategy of eating either PVC (protein-veggie-carbs) or PVF (proten-veggie-fat) meals, separating carbs from fats, you will experience a greatly reduced oxidation pattern in your body. This will be evident in your next cholesterol test with your primary care physician with much lower numbers than you may otherwise see.
This strategy of separating carbs from fats is extremely important to begin following for any individual with High LDL, High Triglycerides, High Blood Pressure, or Diagnosed Heart Disease.
Stronger Bones & Teeth
Saturated fat contains Vitamin K, which helps your body shuttle calcium from the arteries to the bones and teeth. When this process does not happen due to a deficiency in Vitamin K, the excess Calcium can contribute to plaque buildup in the arteries. This accelerates the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. Vitamin K best comes from animal sources.
Other Power Foods from our List that contain Vitamin K include egg yolks, cheese, and grass-fed butter.
Better Hormone Production
Hormones impact everything in your body from your bowels and thyroid to skin condition and weight. These are the chemical messengers in your body that help control all of the metabolic processes in your body. This is why it’s important to give them what they need to work properly, particularly estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA.
Your brain is 60% fat so ensuring you have enough fat in your dietary intake is essential for proper function. Eating adequate amounts of saturated fat ensures that you start blasting through brain fog (common side effect of a high carbohyrate and high sugar diet as well as imbalanced hormones), retain more memories (offsetting the onslaught of dementia and Alzheimer’s), as well as higher cognitive function.
In this world where many are experiencing symptoms of ADD and ADHD even as adults, it’s important you do what you can nutritionally to aid your brain to function at its best.
Better Appetite Control
When you are eating more fats, you will experience much better appetite control. The CCK hormone is released which helps you feel full and satisfied. Think of it: if your hormones are functioning better and helping you feel satisfied (rather than more hungry like carbs tend to make you feel as they are only an energy-contributing macronutrient), won’t you stick to your caloric intake better? Won’t you experience more sustainable fat loss because you’re not sabotaging your efforts with unregulated amounts of carbs and fats from traditional indulgences/cheats?
All in all, there most definitely are boundaries for what, when, and how much we eat saturated fats. All of this is explained in the video below, as well as in the Power Foods Lifestyle starter kit.
If this new way of thinking and having a strategy, not a diet, is interesting to you, I invite you to explore more and come join the Body Buddies family. We don’t believe in perfection; just taking it one meal, one workout, and one day at a time.
I totally believe in you and want you to feel better VERY quickly!
Love your bud,