Fat is good for you!
Really, it is. As long as you eat the right types and don’t overdo it.
One of the largest scientific studies to find the healthiest food items, shows there is 1 ‘meat product’ in the top 100: pork fat at n° 8 … AT N° 8!
And Mangalitsa fat is the healthiest of all pork fats. Read until the end to find out why.
Fat is … a collective name for all the nutrients that contain mainly fatty acids (FA). There are various types of FA but the simple division is into saturated and unsaturated FA.
At room temperature saturated FA are solid, unsaturated FA are liquid.
Saturated FA you find in a.o.t. red meat, coconut & palm oil, butter, whole milk, chocolate, cheese, seafood & ice cream.
Unsaturated FA are divided into mono- and poly-unsaturated FA.
Mono-unsaturated FA is dominant in olive- canola- and peanut oil, nuts, avocado, …
Poly-unsaturated FA in other vegetable oils and fish.
Some simple science
Our body has over 10 trillion cells; fat is one of the most important building blocks for cells. Our brain is made up of 60% fat (with the biggest part being omega-3 fat that controls cognition, happiness, memory and learning); an average body contains between 15 & 30% fat.
Besides that, fat also transports vitamins A, D, E & K around our body, protects us from cold and supplies energy to keep our systems going.
If your food contains 25-30% of the rights fats, besides cutting your hunger, your body produces more testosterone, an important hormone to stimulate muscle growth. The more muscle, the higher your metabolism. the more you burn fat.
So, eat fat, to burn fat. But limit yourself. Realize that 1 gram of fat contains 9 calories, while 1 gram of carbohydrate and protein contain 4 calories. Excess calories are stored in your body … as fat.
Signs whether you are getting enough quality fat.
The higher-quality the fat, the better your body will function because it uses the fat to build cell walls. You have more than 10 trillion cells, and every single one of them needs high-quality fat. Your body sends signals when it’s not getting enough good fats:
- Dry, itchy, scaling, or flaking skin
- Soft, cracked, or brittle nails
- Hard earwax
- Tiny bumps on the backs of your arms or torso
- Achy, stiff joints
Unsaturated = good, saturated = bad? Not entirely.
Saturated fat was longtime considered the cause of heart failure and other vascular diseases. Recent studies show no proof for that statement. In fact, saturated fat is an important source of energy.
Since we started eating less saturated fat, the obesity in humans rose with 100%.
Not saturated fat, but sugar is the decisive factor in obesity. But that’s another story.
Unsaturated fat, the mono and the poly, share some of the same features as the saturated, and on top of that, they lower the bad cholesterol levels and support the good ones.
Trans fat is also an unsaturated fat, but very much to be avoided. Found in chips, cookies, fried food, pizza, margarine, popcorn, red meat, … it lowers good cholesterol and causes inflammation in your arteries.
Fat is not bad; on the contrary … we need it in our diet. The right balance between saturated and unsaturated fatty acids are a must for your health, not a threat.
Our Mangalitsa fat
- Is the whitest fat to be found, = the purest.
- Is the right balance between saturated and unsaturated fatty acids with an important amount of omega-3.
- Contains no trans fat.
- Melts at body temperature, meaning very easy for your body to absorb, the lowest melting temperature of all pig breeds
- Very easy to melt down to make lard, a healthy alternative for margarine.
For more info about the most nutritious foods: source: BBC.