But it has to be the right kind of fat.
Traditional Fats and Sacred Foods
http://www.westonaprice.org/ "Chapter Leader Sarah Pope describes the traditional fats and sacred foods and how they confer vibrant health and vitality."
For more information on the benefits of butter: http://www.westonaprice.org/Why-Butter-Is-Better.html
Forbidden Health Foods #1...Butter Myths.
Coconut Oil Benefits.
"Interview with Dr Howard Talbot, Naturopath and Research Assistant Bond University as he explains the health benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil and Coconut in the diet."
Here is what Dr. Oz says about coconut oil:
The Amazing Oil That Trims Women's Waistlines
Double-Blind Clinical Trial Puts Coconut- versus Soybean Oil to the Test
"In the featured 12-week long study, researchers evaluated the effects of coconut oil and soybean oil on the biochemical profiles and waist circumference on 40 obese women, aged 20-40. Belly fat, known as visceral fat, is the type of fat linked to heart disease, diabetes and stroke, among many other chronic diseases.
Divided into two groups of 20 participants each, the women received a daily supplement of 30ml (about two tablespoons) of either soybean oil or coconut oil. They also followed a balanced low-calorie diet, and walked for 50 minutes per day. The end result?
The coconut oil group presented:
Increased levels of HDL (good cholesterol)
Decreased LDL/HDL ratio
Reduced waist circumference/abdominal obesity
The soybean oil group presented:
Increased total cholesterol
Increased LDL (bad cholesterol)
Increased LDL/HDL ratio
Decreased HDL (good cholesterol)
No reduction in waist circumference/abdominal obesity
The authors concluded:
"It appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia [an abnormal amount of cholesterol and/or fat in your blood] and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity." "
"The demonization of saturated fats is unscientific and has had an extremely detrimental effect on the health of the whole nation, particularly on growing children. The human body contains high levels of saturated fat in the cell membranes and in protective fat around the organs.
When saturated fat is not available in the diet, the body very efficiently turns refined carbohydrates into saturated fat;1 thus restriction of saturated fat can often lead to cravings for refined carbohydrates.
Saturated fatty acids are said to cause cancer, heart disease and obesity. Yet these diseases were rare at the turn of the century when consumption of saturated fats was much higher than it is today. The likely culprits for these conditions are polyunsaturated fatty acids and trans fats, which came into widespread use after WWII.2
Saturated fats play many important roles in the body chemistry:
- As saturated fats are stable, they do not become rancid easily, do not call upon the body’s reserves of antioxidants, do not initiate cancer and do not irritate the artery walls.3
- Vitamins A and D, which are vital for proper growth and for protein and mineral assimilation, are found only in mostly saturated animal fats.
- Saturated fats enhance the immune system, thereby protecting us against infection and cancer.4
- Saturated fats help the body lay down calcium in the bones and help prevent osteoporosis.5
- Saturated fats provide energy and structural integrity to the cells.6 At least 50 percent of many, if not most, of the cell membrane must be saturated fat for the cells to work properly.
- Saturated fats protect the liver from alcohol, drugs, pesticides and other poisons.7
- Saturated fats enhance the body’s use of essential fatty acids, which the body needs in small amounts and obtains from whole foods.8
- Stearic acid, found in beef tallow and butter, has cholesterol-lowering properties and is a preferred food for the heart.9
- Saturated fats are needed for the kidneys to work properly.10
- The lung surfactants are composed of saturated fatty acids.11 The lungs cannot work without adequate amounts of saturated fats.
Warnings against dietary saturated fats are predicated on the assumption that saturated fats contribute to atherosclerosis and therefore to heart disease; yet, as saturated fat consumption has declined in the U.S. over the last one hundred years, heart disease has increased."
Misty and I went down to the lake. It has grown land!
Here are some before and after pictures:
We can't even see the main lake any more, as the island has grown so much. The waterfront lots here usually have people's boats moored in the water, now they are sitting in dried out mud.
Misty hadn't been to that part of the lake, so she was pretty excited. There weren't any ducks or seagulls around. The weather was still very warm, so I expect they were taking a siesta in the vegetation.
When we used to take the dogs down there, years ago, we could let them run free in the field, but as Misty is near blind, I had to keep her leashed or we might have fallen off the end of the boat ramp. It is a very steep drop.
My granddaughter Michelle called me to let me know that she is moving back to Las Vegas to go to school to be a Black Jack Dealer! Whatever next! That's the last place I would want to be, but I don't like big cities. To each his own.
This was taken last December, with her little boy, Carson.
When I spoke to Becky on the phone she said that she was still working, but she is very tired, and has to lie down for the rest of the day.