Dispelling fat fallacies
We're bombarded with the message that we need to limit our intake of fats and oils, especially saturated fat. This may be true if you choose to continue eating a diet that is high in sugars and starches. However, the rules change once you are diagnosed with a metabolic disease such as cancer. Here, fat is your friend!
Which fats and oils should you choose?
Choose fats and oils from these sources:
- Saturated fats, including butter and animal fats
- Monounsaturated fats, primarily from olive oil, avocados, and organic canola (cold pressed)
- Omega-3's such as those found in fatty fish and flaxseed
- Coconut and medium-chain triglyceride oils
- Nut oils (cold pressed)
- Omega-6's from foods such as nuts and seeds
Coconut oil and the MCT advantage!
Virgin coconut oil is a saturated vegetable fat rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). During digestion, MCTs are transported directly from the small intestine to the liver. There, they are converted to ketones which are returned to circulation and distributed throughout the body to meet cellular energy needs.
Common misconceptions concerning fats
Fallacy: We need starches and sugar as fuel for our brains and bodies.
Fact: When dietary sources of starch and sugar are in short supply, most energy needs are met by a shift in metabolism that utilizes dietary and stored fat as fuel. I can walk you through a more complete understanding of this process.
Fallacy: A ketogenic diet will increase "cholesterol", especially bad LDL and triglycerides.
Fact: Emerging research has demonstrated that nutritionally sound high-fat, low carb diets can actually result in improved blood lipid profiles. In fact, high triglycerides mostly result from diets that are high in starches and sugars!
Fallacy: Ketogenic diets arehigh in protein, which will lead to kidney disease.
Fact: A therapeutic ketogenic diet meets protein requirements but it is certainly NOT high in protein. In fact, protein is limited to what is adequate for tissue repair and maintenance since intake in excess of needs may be utilized as fuel by tumor tissue.
Fallacy: The ketogenic diet is unsustainable as a lifestyle.
Fact: For some, it's the only reasonable option!
(Read: The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, which addresses the science supporting high-fat ketogenic lifestyles.)
Fallacy: I won't have as much energy on a ketogenic diet.
Fact: This is not true. There is a great deal of research that highlights the efficiency of fat as a fuel, even in elite athletes.
Fallacy: The brain and central nervous system rely primarily on glucose- I'll have "brain fog" without it.
Fact: Once you make the switch to nutritional ketosis, fats in the form of ketones can provide up to 65% of the energy needs of your brain. Furthermore, ketone "boosters" such as ketone esters, are gaining acceptance as supplemental energy sources in diseases that affect cerebral glucose metabolism, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and ALS.