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Fats

Fats are necessary for health.  Too much or too little can cause horrible consequences, we need fat for healthy hormone production, soft smooth skin and healthy cells, deep within our physiology.

The media are prolific with stories of how to eat on a low fat diet, and stating that fat is bad for you.  Most overweight people and those suffering with obesity don’t eat much fat.  They love carbohydrates and sweet things, fizzy drinks and pasta.  The packaging of these foods often state low fat food, so those with weight issues buy it, thinking it’s going to help their own weight issues.  It doesn’t.

Healthy fats are clean.  Like pure extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, Hemp oil and organic butter.  No heat or chemicals should be used during the extraction process as both of these damage the oil.  Check the labels.

So what’s the best fat to cook with?  Heating oil can damage the health properties for example olive oil contains polyphenol and omega 9 fats.

Olive oil is damage if heated above 80 degrees, so low heat cooking is fine, like fried eggs on a low heat with olive oil is lovely.  Over heat the oil and the egg white begins to go brown and that’s also undesirable.

For heating at high temperatures I would use coconut oil, goose fat or organic lard.  These fats are mainly saturated fat, but are not damaged during high temperature cooking.  Saturated fat is not harmful, oxidized and damaged fats are.

Dressings: use olive oil or flaxseed oil, avocado oil, sesame seed oil or a mixture.  Add some lemon juice cracked pepper and some sea salt.

Olive oil needs to be stored in a dark bottle, in a cool dry cupboard away from heat light and oxygen.  I buy small bottles to help prevent oxidation, the larger the bottle the longer it lasts and the more oxygen creeps into the bottle.

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