Food For Thought: Nourishing Fats: Why We Need Animal Fats for Health and Happiness

When I bought Nourishing Traditions, I decided that it made sense to buy the other “nourishing” books by author Sally Fallon Morrell. I was intrigued by the title. Chef Pete Evans touched upon the subject of “good fats” in an episode of The Paleo Way. So I wanted to better educate myself about the truth and the myths surrounding fats. Nourishing Fats supports and expands upon the growing scientific consensus that a diet rich in good fats is the key to optimum health, and the basis of a sustainable, long-term diet. Since I know that eating the right foods help to mitigate my chronic illness symptoms, in some cases getting rid of those pesky symptoms totally. Eating the good fats can help with infertility, depression, and chronic disease using great recipes that are pretty easy to make.

The most important thing that I learned from this book is that BUTTER IS GOOD FOR YOU! I love butter. Margarine is for suckers. There is no substitute for the taste of creamy butter. I will no longer be shamed for using butter (that’s what I said to myself in the mirror). Butter has been bashed as a contributor to coronary heart disease. The anti-butter brigade has condemned it use for decades. The oil substitute industry (margarine and other vegetable spreads) wants the medical community to keep touting the “butter is bad” chatter while they are secretly trying to emulate butter’s make up. Thank goodness for the researchers who were hell bent on proving that saturated fats DO NOT lead to coronary disease. It’s quite the oppositetrans fats were found to be the primary culprit leading to heart disease. For those with chronic illness, it is best to get your dose of healthy fats from sources like avocados, coconut oil, organic and grass-fed butter, pastured egg yolks, and raw nuts like macadamias, pecans and pine nuts (Mercola, Eat up.

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