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The Truth about Fats and Oils

By |February 17th, 2010|

 There is much confusion about fats and oils in our diet.

I work at staying on top of the information, but even I have had to rethink a few points recently.

olive oil The Saturated Myth 

Saturated fats have a bad public image.  But this is because of excessive consumption. Remember when they told us to eat margarine instead of butter?  It turns out butter is fine when used in moderation.

DO YOU KNOW …The difference between margarine and butter? 

 All margarine is made from assorted vegetable oils that have been heated to extremely high temperatures making the oils rancid.

Facts about Margarine:

1.  Margarine is extracted from used plant oils with chemical solvents. This leaves residues and strips away nutrients.
2.  It may say that there are zero grams of trans fats, but it still contains small amounts of this bad fat. (Trans fats are carcinogenic, triple risk of coronary heart disease and increases bad cholesterol and lowers the good cholesterol)
3.  Deodorants are added to cover the unpleasant smell of rancid vegetable oils.
4.  Artificial coloring to cover up the grey color.

And I still see these big tubs of this stuff in people’s homes .
Butter has been used for thousands of years. It is a real food. The trouble is that it tastes sooo good we overeat it!
butter
Benefits of Butter:
1.  Rich in Vitamin A, has Vitamins E, K, D and Calcium.
2.  Has anti-oxidants that protect against weakening arteries.
3.  Saturated fats in butter have strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.
4.  Cholesterol found in butterfat is essential to children’s brain and nervous system development.
Another form of butter is Clarified butter or ghee. It is butter oil, without the lactose and milk solids. It is made by gently heating butter until it becomes a clear golden liquid.  Ghee has been used as the ultimate healthy cooking oil in India for thousands of years.
 Benefits of Clarified Butter or Ghee:
1.  It increases the potency of certain herbs.
2.  Has Vitamin A E, K and D.
3.  Has a high ‘smoke point’ so it is a good oil to cook with.
4.  Ghee does not spoil easily; does not need refrigeration.
Then there is the wonderful Olive oil that many of us know and love in our salad dressings. It is made from crushing and pressing olives…for at least 5,000 years. …..

Possible Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
1.  Contains- vitamins E, K, and A  plus antioxidants.
2.  Helps lower bad cholesterol and raising good cholesterol.
3.  Reduces colon, breast and skin cancers.
4.  Lowers the incidence of gallstones.
 
 Remember to store oil in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator, and do not heat as it has a low smoke point…add olive oil to foods immediately after cooking.
 

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