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Health Benefits of Healthy Fats

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Low Fat and No Fat products and diets are dangerous to your health!

This is the exact opposite of what you hear from most sources offering nutritional information.

The truth of the matter is that your body needs healthy fats because …

Healthy Fats

  • are carriers for the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K
  • are necessary for the health and maintenance of the cells in your body
  • provide the building blocks for your body to produce hormones
  • are a concentrated source of energy
  • are necessary for your body to convert carotene to vitamin A
  • are required in order for your body to absorb minerals
  • are satisfying so you can go longer without getting hungry

Insufficient fat in your diet can cause

  • depression
  • fatigue
  • poor concentration
  • mineral deficiencies
  • weight gain

The famous Framingham Heart Study which began in 1948 set out to prove that saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet caused heart disease.

Six thousand residents of the town of Framingham, MA, were selected and divided into two groups … those who ate large amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol, and those who ate little.

The groups were compared every five years. After 40 years, the director of the study had to admit that “In Framingham, MA, the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the person’s serum cholesterol… we found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least and were the most physically active.

“The study did show that those who weighed more and had abnormally high blood cholesterol levels were slightly at more risk for future heart disease, but weight gain and cholesterol levels had an inverse correlation with fat and cholesterol intake in the diet.”(Source, p. 5)

So, what are healthy fats?

  • organic coconut oil
  • real organic butter
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • animal fats from healthfully raised animals
    • duck and goose fat
    • lard
    • tallow

If you haven’t seen this video produced by the University of South Florida, How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic, you are in for a real eye opener.

The GMO Threat

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Californians will be able to vote on whether the state will require the labeling of GMOs in food sold in California in November. The biotech industry is planning on spending tens of millions of dollars to convince the people of California to vote NO.

If you’re not familiar with GMOs and the dangers they pose to your health and to the environment, now is the time to become informed … before the media propaganda starts.

Jeffrey Smith is a leading expert on GMOs and their safety. The video is well worth watching.

Please share this with everyone you know who lives in California.

The Food Your Body Was Designed To Eat

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When you drive a car, you put gas in the gas tank … because that’s the fuel your car needs to run on. If you put olive oil, soda or water in the gas tank, you’re not going to go anywhere because it doesn’t feed your car what it needs to fire up the engine and go.

Your body is just like your car.

Have you ever seriously thought about what kind of fuel your body was designed to run on?

What nutrients does your body need and are they in the foods you choose to eat and feed your family?

In fact, have your ever asked yourself  if the “food” you buy is really food?

Well the truth of the matter is, most of it isn’t! Most of it is chemicals, altered and processed to make it look and taste like food, but it’s not feeding your cells the nourishment they need to not only survive, but to thrive.

Even the meat, eggs and dairy that comes from the factory farms are not truly “real food” because their nutrient composition has been altered as a result of the drugs, GMO feed and the fact that the animals are fed food that is not their natural diet.

So what kind of food is your body designed to eat?

Your body hasn’t changed much in the last 40,000 years … in terms of the nutrients it needs to be healthy. However, the food supply and our diets have changed drastically. And along with these changes have come diseases that did not exist in ancient times.

Our ancestors were hunter-gatherers. They ate meat, fish, berries, vegetables and nuts and seeds. They ate a variety, whatever they could find. As the seasons changed, so did the foods available to them. They got their nourishment from real whole foods.

These are the kinds of foods our bodies were designed to eat.

What about dairy?

According to the Primal Diet milk products are not included. However, occasional use of raw dairy products from cows with the A2 beta-casein gene and raw goat milk products are acceptable.

On the other hand, Jordan Rubin, founder of Beyond Organic, encourages abundant use of raw dairy products from these A2 cows as this is how he healed himself from the brink of death about 15 years ago. He also is a strong proponent of the real foods that are the basis of the Primal Diet.

So, which way is right?

They both are.

Everyone is a unique individual and there is no one right way to eat for everyone. Both of these dietary approaches offer a healthy way to nourish your body with real food.

Which one is right for you?

You’ve got to test it out and see for yourself.

Note: The Primal Blueprint Cookbook has some great, healthy recipes. Every single recipe in this book is healthy with all healthy ingredients.