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Good Fats Versus Bad Fats

Monday, July 25th 2022 10:00am 4 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Do You Know Your Fats? Humans have used and consumed nutrient-rich fats for thousands of years including:

  • Butter
  • Chicken, goose, and duck fat
  • Coconut, palm, and palm kernel oils
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Tallow and suet from beef and lamb
  • Lard from pigs
  • Expeller-expressed sesame and peanut oils
  • Expeller-expressed flax oil
  • Fish liver oils such as cod liver oil

But what about the following fats that were introduced in the last century including:

  • Industrially processed liquid oils such as soy, corn, safflower, cottonseed, and canola
  • Fats and oils (especially vegetable oils) heated to very high temperatures in processing and frying.
  • All hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils

These are now known to cause cancer, heart disease, immune system dysfunction, sterility, learning disabilities, growth problems, and osteoporosis.

The real role of saturated fats

Saturated fats have almost been demonized. In the very least, manufacturers of modern industrial oils have spread the myth that saturated fats are harmful to your health. Let’s take a deeper dive into the topic.

Saturated fats, such as butter, meat fats, coconut oil, and palm oil, are typically solid at room temperature. According to nutritional myths, these fats are the cause of our modern chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, obesity, malfunction of cell membranes, diabetes, and even nervous disorders like multiple sclerosis.

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