Return of the Fat!

If you are anything like me and have been on a diet, on a healthy eating plan, a regime etc after a while you get tired, of it right? Find it too restrictive, you miss your fried food, yes?  Anyway I digress, having followed SW for years I still have the habits, you know no oil, trim the fat off all meat, no skin on poultry. But you know how it is you start to hear rumours about stuff you know – that butter may not be so bad after all, that animal fat may not be the bad guy after all oh my, confusing or what! Well I did some research into this and I have to tell you I found some very  interesting information.  Firstly I’ve been aware for a while about the fact that certain oils break down quickly e.g. Olive  oil  and I Was very shocked to learn that I had Palm Oil all wrong! Now don’t get me wrong oils are fat! and have a high calorific value.  So if you you are following a calorie controlled diet please heed that I am not suggesting that you go and start loading yourself full of oil!   What I am suggesting is that you may want to look into the research and

When I initially set out to do this blog post, I wanted to talk about the calorific value of oils, I have noticed how the new darling of popular good for you foods is coconut oil, and I wanted to learn how many calories there are in it, and why it was so good for you and why all of a sudden it seems as if vegetable oil is now the bad boy of the diet world.

This is the thing, apparently vegetable oil has a very high Omega-6 fat contents and its mess up the fatty acid composition in the body in particular the ratio of omega 3 and Omega 6, . Too much of 6 and not enough of 3 causes inflammation of membranes leading to heart disease, diabetes  etc.

Coconut oil apparently has 60% saturated fat, but is high in fatty acids that that boost metabolism and apparently also give you feelings of satiation. (These components are  medium chain Triglycerides )  I also found out that 90% of the cocoanut oil can be burnt off as energy.

Then there is palm oil, I have always been of the belief that this is the most evil of all oils,  but instead i have learnt that apart from being 50% saturated fat, it is high in Beta – Carotene and vitamin E.  it needs to be heeded  that these health benefits apply to virgin unprocessed palm oli. Hydrogenated oils should be avoided at all costs.

What about good old butter?  1 tablespoon of this is 102 calories. Imagine that. It is 35% saturated fat, and has some useful nutrients e.g vitamin A and D. If you wish to cook with it though, its better if its clarified – this process separates the milk solids and water from the the butter fat, which means that it will look at higher temperatures and not break down.

The Benefits of Olive Oil are well documented and I do not feel the need to repeat it here. I will let you know though that there are 120 calories in 1 tablespoon of olive oil ( 119 in extra virgin)

The effect of saturated fat and its contribution to the  risk of disease is controversial. Many reviews recommend a diet low in saturated fat and argue it will lower risks of cardiovascular disease or diabetes  or death However, other reviews have rejected those arguments or advocated for examining the proportion of saturated to unsaturated fat in the diet

Either way its a lot for us lay people to take in, but the argument for natural foods cannot be ignored.  I did look at the calorific values of other oils such as rapeseed, corn oil, canola oil, but invariably they have mostly been slated in the manner of vegetable oil, and the production process leaves something to be desired.

I hope that you found this information useful, and if you did kindly share it with your friends, but I would love to hear about your encounters with oil and how you use it to cook.

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