The Fats To Avoid And Where They Lurk

The fats to avoid are often time hidden in plain sight but can undo a lot of work on your health goals. Luckily for us, they are easy to avoid once you know what to look for.

Trans Fats: #1 For The Fats To Avoid

Potato Chips with Trans Fats

No doubt you've heard of it before and it is a fitting fat to start this section with.

Our human ancestors have never seen anything like this before and our bodies simply have no biological way of dealing with it very well.

To our bodies, it looks like a saturated fat. When consumed, it creates lots of problems for your liver, screws up blood lipids and reduces insulin sensitivity which can lead to diabetes. Eating trans fat is definitely not a way to achieve any measure of health unless you want to measure it downward.

This fat is a perfect example of a lab-created substance designed for profit rather than the health of the consumer. It has a long shelf life and is great for processed foods that will sit in a box on the shelf at the grocery store. It's effects on the health of the consumer was clearly a secondary consideration. That makes it the # 1 on the list of fats to avoid.

According to Wikipedia:

"On 7 November 2013, the FDA issued a preliminary determination that trans fats are not "generally recognized as safe", which was widely seen as a precursor to a reclassification of trans fats as a "food additive," meaning they could not be used in foods without specific regulatory authorization. This would have the effect of virtually eliminating trans fats from the US food supply. The ruling was formally enacted on 16 June 2015, requiring that within three years, all food prepared in the United States must not include trans fats, unless approved by the FDA."

That being said, the food industry has finally admitted that there is a problem with trans fats so they are being phased out. But because it is still out there, stay away from these kind of foods:

  • Fried foods
  • Potato chips
  • Packaged cookies
  • Frozen pies and pie crusts
  • Margarine
  • Shortening
  • Ice cream
  • Non-dairy creamers
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Frozen dinners
  • Most processed foods

These are only examples. There are others so the easy guideline to follow is to stick with whole organic foods and what I refer to as "real" foods. An example of a real food would be like organic butter from grass fed cows instead of margarine.

Don't eat things or fats that come from a laboratory!

Vegetable Oils

Vegetable oils have been sold to us as an alternative to coconut oils because coconut oil contains saturated fat. As you'll remember from the Fat Free Revolution page, saturated fat was demonized as the killer of man and this just isn't the case. Vegetable oil is a money maker, however, and still touted as healthy.

Vegetable oils are loaded with an omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid. This fat has potent systemic inflammatory properties. We don't need this. Inflammation of the body can cause all kinds of issues ranging from fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, autism, arthritis, allergies and asthma to name a few.

Replace all vegetable oils you have with olive oil and coconut oil.

Vegetable Oil
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