Animal fats have gotten a bad name in the press for the past several decades. Now science is slowly but surely rising to the fore to assure us that, not only are animal fats not detrimental to our health, they’re actually beneficial. Far from causing obesity and heart disease, eating healthy animal fats can actually help boost metabolism, causing our bodies to take energy from the fat already on our bodies, rather than storing incoming nutrients as fat.
A Healthy Fat Profile
Animal fat is mostly saturated and monounsaturated, with only small amounts of polyunsaturated fats. This is good because polyunsaturated fats are very unstable and tend to oxidize when exposed to heat and light.
Why Avoid Oxidized Fats
Consuming oxidized fats is dangerous because it leads to oxidized cholesterol in our blood, and that is what will latch onto the insides of our arteries, causing inflammation and plaque build-up. Saturated and monounsaturated fats are much more stable, making them ideal for cooking.
Omega-3 vs. Omega-6 Fats
The polyunsaturated fats that are present in animal fat are usually made up of mostly omega-3 fats, a type of polyunsaturated fat that is anti-inflammatory. One of the main problems with the Standard American Diet (SAD) is that it is much higher in omega-6 fats (which are inflammatory) than omega-3 fats. One of the ways we can achieve a better balance is by eating plenty of pastured animal fat.
Eat the Whole Animal
Mark Sisson got his goat fat by buying a goat head from his local butcher.