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Why say “YES” to “Wisely Sourced” Saturated FATS????

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Well hellooooo everyone ūüôā Since I see people still panicking about adding “good” fats to their diet I thought of writing yet another piece on how amazing the “good FATS” are. So do stay with me till the end if you really want to enjoy all your yummy food and still maintain or loose that unwanted fat & gain health in the process ūüėÄ

Most of us (especially the online health¬†article readers and health video you tubers) have ¬†heard of these terms EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids) & EAA’s (Essential Amino Acids) but have any of you heard of ECA’s (Essential Carbohydrate acids)??? If you are still a firm believer that “Eating FAT makes you FAT” & ¬†avoid all the yummy food in the desperation to¬†loose those love handles and fit in that “College day” outfit, well,

YOU ARE IN FOR A SHOCKER.

Saturated fats coming from safe, healthy sources like Grass-fed butter/Ghee, Cold pressed filtered coconut oil, shredded coconut, Grass-fed meats, Malaysian palm oil, wild caught Salmonhttps://radhinaturalhealth.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/salmon-the-wild-one/, Avocados and avocado oil, Filtered groundnut oil, olives, flax seeds, free range chicken eggs and the like are all actually beneficial to humans. These are the “finest” source of energy in the human diet. How? Let’s see ūüôā

In our body, our cells manufacture a molecule called “ATP- Adenosine Triphosphate“. This is the Unit of energy. Simply put,¬†ATP is the energy that helps us perform our daily functions. This is the “POWER HOUSE” of our cells. We need this power house to perform any activity taking from growing a beard to dancing away on your favourite tune ;). From each molecule of sugar our cells produce approximately 36 molecules of ATP, whereas our cells produce more than 100 molecules of ATP from every FAT molecule. Walah!!!! this means when we include these healthy fats in our diet our energy level spikes. Anyone of you hear about “Bulletproof Coffee” yet??¬†https://www.jonnybowden.com/the-bulletproof-coffee-phenomena/

Dr. Jonny Bowden, also known as The Nutrition Myth Buster, calls fat as the “High octane gas for the cells”. Fat is the natural fuel for the body. No wonder my morning “MASALA Chai” with a tbsp of ¬†pure,organic Ghee gives me the perfect wakeup kick ūüėČ Continue reading

Butter and Ghee – better then other alternatives

 

“Butter-better”

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† “Butter”, this word probably scares many of us but¬†¬†Jonny Bowden Ph.D., C.N.S. states that butter, especially from pasture-fed, organically raised cows is indeed a wonderful and healthy food (Bowden, 2007).

It is true that butter contains¬†saturated fat and it is also true that saturated fat is linked¬†with the increase of cholesterol and other heart ailments but researches show that all saturated fat is not created equal.¬† The short-chain saturated fat is shown to offer important health benefits that lack in the long-chain version. Butter contains¬†butyric acid, a short-chain fatty acid which constitutes¬†about 10% to 15% of all fat found in butter. Dr, Haas recommends butter as a better choice over most of the margarines. Margarines contain hydrogenated oils and trans fats and lack the short-chain fatty acid, butyric acid. Butter is also a rich source of vitamin A as¬†well as other fat soluble vitamins, E, K and vitamin D. According to the experts, butter coming from the grass fed¬†cows is rich in the type of fats proven to be¬†healthful for example omega 3 fatty acids which are known to be¬†absent in the grain fed counterparts. Mary Enig¬†Ph.D., our country’s respected lipid biochemist points out that the fat present in butter has shown to inhibit pathogen growth and butter is a source of several kinds of antimicrobial fats, including lauric acid ( Haas, 2006, pg 67; Bowden,2007).

GHEE- The Clarified butter:

Ghee is basically butter with the milk solids removed. Ayurvedic medicine, a tradition¬†in india that dates back nearly 5,000 years considers ghee as a medicinal and healing food. Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, the author of “Food¬†as Medicine”, states that ghee¬†is highly regarded in the yoga nutritional therapy, where¬†it is valued as a nutrient as well as a preservative of food and medicine. According to Ayurvedic medicine, ghee is believed¬†to strengthen the OJAS, “the vital energy cushion at the root of our well-being and immunity.” (Bowden,2007, pg 178).

Amanda Morningstar, in her book “Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners” explain the following about the cow-¬† “her milk and her butter, clarified as ghee, are like mother’s milk in Ayurveda, absolutely essential¬†for health and well-being. They must be¬†pure to do this. Many westerners¬†are concerned¬†that the use of¬†ghee will increase their cholesterol or add unnecessary amount of fat to their diet. Used within the context of an Ayurvedic lifestyle, this is unlikely to happen.” (Bowden,2007, pg 178).¬† Dr. Annemarie Colbin, in her book Food and Healing, mentions that “ghee is one of the three best quality fats to use.”¬†(Bowden,2007, pg 178).¬†

According to Ayurveda, ghee helps stimulate the healthy flow of fluids throughout the body. Ayurvedic medicine considers¬†ghee as an important rejuvenating¬†tonic for the mind, brain and the nervous system. Since ghee has all the milk solids removed it is¬†said¬†¬†to be¬†used for cooking at even higher temperatures. Ghee is described¬†as one of the “finest” cooking oils by Ayurveda. Ayurvedic medicine believes that ghee increases the digestive fire thus improving assimilation and enhancing the nutritional value of food. Ghee is shown¬† not to¬†go rancid like many other oils and fats. Ghee, like butter contains butyric acid, the short-chain fatty acid (Bowden,2007).

Recipe to make ghee at home by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa (Bowden 2007, pg 178):

Simmer organic, unsalted butter over medium-low heat for 10 to 20 minutes  until an almost transparent crust forms on the top. Now, skim of the crust and strain te golden liquid that remains into a container. Discard the white segment found at the bottom. Ghee does not need to be refrigerated.

So, now that we know so much about the benefits of butter and ghee, i hope we all will worry less to include¬†these in our diet. Remember, experts still recommend “moderation” as the key in all areas of life including diet.

references: 

1. Bowden, J, Ph.D., C.N.S, (2007). The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,

Beverly,M.A.: Fair Winds Press.

2.Haas, E.M, Levin, B. (2006).  Staying healthy with Nutrition. Berkley: Celestial Arts.

** The above information is for educational purposes only. There is absolutely no intension to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any health problems or diseases. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, advice on diet, herb and exercise.**