However, according to internet-famous medical doctor and nutrition authority, Dr Paul Kasenene, we should not completely avoid food because it has fat lest we miss out on a vital nutrient.
Including animal fat in your diet is actually healthier than eliminating it
According to most diet conscious folk, going vegan and the absolute elimination of animal product or fat is the gateway to proper nutrition.
In a twitter thread, the nutrition enthusiast emphasizes that one only needs to discern the good fat from the bad one.
In the thread, he acknowledges that there are different types of fat, mentioning omega-3 fats, monosaturated fats and medium chain triglycerides as some of the good ones.
The thread further informs tweeps that just because fat comes from animal foods doesn’t make it bad and fat from plants isn’t necessarily good. The doctor informs tweeps that most fat from animal foods such as chicken, eggs, fish and meat is beneficial for health but only if it is not processed.
He further notes that most problems that are associated to animal foods stem from the animals not being bred naturally as they are fed on growth hormones and also the animal meat being subject to processing.
The nutritionist rallies the masses to embrace fatty meats by acknowledging that although a lot of fat in animal food and meat is saturated, it is not this fat that is the cause of cardiovascular problems like heart disease.
Most people in search of healthier lifestyles shun fatty food under the pretext that it contains harmful cholesterol. However, Kasenene debunks this myth noting that 80% of all the cholesterol in our body is made in our liver and does not come from the food we eat.
He reveals that most harmful cholesterol stems from refined vegetable and seed oils like sunflower, corn, canola, safflower, soybean, bleached palm oil and from saturated trans fats/ hydrogenated fats like margarine and vegetable shortening.
He however advises with caution that some plant and animal fat can be harmful if it is commercially processed and inorganic. Further still, he acknowledges that while animal foods and animal fat isn’t always bad, we need very little animal fat and it should not consist more than 10% what we eat.
Examples of recommended animal fat include organic butter and ghee.
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