How Eating Fat Can Be Healthy5/21/2016
"For decades, it has been the most vilified nutrient in the American diet. But new science reveals fat isn’t what’s hurting our health."
Slow-cooked soup with whole animal parts (not just muscle meat but also skin, fat, bones, marrow, organs) and vegetables yields a wide variety of complementary nutrients. The rich broth contains highly bioavailable dissolved collagen, calcium, glycine, arginine, proline, and other important nutrients. These promote healthy digestion, prevent infection, reduce inflammation, build bone strength, and maintain healthy hair and skin. This comfort food is a practical and efficient way to use the whole animal-- especially the cheaper cuts. Because it's usually made to share, it's great for bonding with loved ones. The invention of clay pottery marked an important point in human evolutionary history, because the broths that could be cooked in them allowed for "a longer life span, since both the very young and the very old could now be fed soft foods and nutritious soups out of the pot, no teeth required," according to Michael Pollan in his book Cooked.
Grass-fed or pastured animal products such as egg, butter, and lard tend to be richer in vitamins A, D, E, K2, and omega 3, compared to industrially farmed animal products. Pastured egg yolks contain sulfur and biotin, which nourish the hair and skin. Grass-fed butter has butyrate, an anti-inflammatory fatty acid that promotes digestion and heart health. For high heat cooking and deep frying, grass-fed lard is a safe and stable cooking medium that resists oxidation and provides CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which promotes healthy weight loss.
Oily fish such as sardines and salmon are rich in omega 3, which is especially important because modern urban diets usually contain too much omega 6. Omega 6 tends to promote inflammation, while omega 3 reduces inflammation. Smaller fish such as sardines are lower on the food chain and are therefore less prone to heavy metal contaminants such as mercury. They are also easier to eat whole, so as to obtain the full range of nutrients from the skin, bones, meat, fat, and organs.
Raw fresh fatty fruits such as coconuts and avocados provide hair and skin nourishing nutrients such as vitamin E, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium. They also supply dietary fiber, which aids digestion.
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