When your heart speaks, take good notes. – Joseph Campbell Over the last 5o years we’ve been told to eat a low fat diet because we thought that eating fat makes us fat and causes heart disease. While it is true that the excess fat on our bodies makes us sicker and more likely to have a heart attack, oddly enough, the fat that we eat does not create the fat on our bodies. Sugar and carbohydrates create the fat on our bodies. Sound fishy? Here are the facts. Science now shows us that when we fuel our bodies with healthy fats, we get thin, reverse heart disease and prevent Type 2 Diabetes. In contrast, if we fuel our bodies with carbohydrates and sugar we get fat and increase our risk for heart disease and other chronic illnesses. This is because healthy fats trigger our metabolism to speed up, burn fat, and diminish hunger cravings. Sugar and carbohydrates on the other hand trigger insulin production, the hormone that leads to belly fat, hunger and a slowed metabolism. Sugar and carbohydrates are the true cause of body fat, and of diseases such as heart disease and Diabetes. Our bodies require a variety of high-quality fats, which are cornerstones of longevity and a healthy heart, including:
- Saturated fats found in butter, coconut oil and ghee.
- Omega-3 fatty acids found in whole foods like avocados, salmon, high omega-3 eggs, walnuts, seeds, and grass-fed beef.
- Monounsaturated fats found in olive oil.
But know that not all fats are healthy. For instance, artificial trans fats are a form of manipulated saturated fat created by the food industry to extend the shelf-life of processed foods and make them more creamy. Foods containing “partially hydrogenated oils” are the main source of artificial trans fats. These trans fats are found in a multitude of snacks and ready-made foods, and are among the primary reasons that junk foods make us sick. In fact, the FDA has determined that trans fats are no longer recognized as safe for use in food. Trans fats raise the “bad” LDL cholesterol and lower our “good” HDL cholesterol, thereby increasing our risk of heart disease. To make matters worse, these same processed foods often come with added sugars such as high fructose corn syrup, and refined, high-glycemic carbohydrates. That’s why Earth Fare bans all foods containing trans fats, partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners. Instead, Earth Fare carries products that provide healthy, high-quality fuel for your body – foods like grass-fed beef, omega-rich eggs and wild, non-GMO salmon. Access to high quality foods and ingredients allows you to stay informed and empowered to proactively shape your own health.
Need some recipe ideas to help you incorporate healthy fats into your diet? Meals like this Salmon with Avocado Dressing or Chia and Berry Breakfast Pudding are a great place to start!
Dr. Hind practiced traditional Internal Medicine for 17 years. Watching patients suffer under the weight of chronic illnesses such as cancer, Diabetes, and autoimmune disease, she became acutely aware of the inability of the current medical system to prevent and treat the growing epidemic of chronic disease. In 2012 she received additional training in molecular toxicology and Functional Medicine — the personalized approach to preventing and treating disease using diet, toxin avoidance, and stress reduction. In 2014 she opened You, M.D., a consulting firm dedicated to providing accurate information about the intersection between environmental toxins, industrial food and health, for businesses wanting to use health as a guide for societal change.