The ‘Wonder-Drug’ inside this hated fat

The Good Life Letter 

10th March 2019

  • If you’re worried about dementia and memory loss, read on…
  • This hated fat that feeds your brain cells…
  • and keeps your stomach and kidneys healthy – find out more in our report

I wrote about dietary myths the other week.

Coffee sobers you up… never drink milk with a cold… breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

Well here’s another…

“Fat is bad for you.”

A piece of advice issued in 1983 told us to avoid saturated fatty foods like meat, nuts, butter and cream…

This was because a high presence of these fats in the bloodstream was considered an indicator of high risk of obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and prostate cancer.

Thanks to this, saturated fats were demonised for decades, their unhealthiness taken as gospel truth by almost everyone.

It made a lot of money for food manufacturers of low-fat products and processed alternatives.

Yet this myth helped make us more overweight.

We kept cutting out the fats and we kept on getting fatter.

But as it turns out, eating foods like butter isn't bad for you. It contains beneficial saturated fats, the sort of cholesterol that is vital for the brain and nervous system.

What’s more, in a meta-analysis of 21 dietary studies, researchers found no link between saturated fat intake and a higher risk of heart disease, cardiovascular disease, or stroke.

Far from being an unhealthy part of our diet, some fats can improve your health:

  • They can help avoid the causes of memory loss, dementia and depression
  • They can lower levels of bad cholesterol
  • They can reduce your appetite and speed up metabolism
  • They can fight infections

If you want to find out more about how you can use a very special kind of saturated fat to stay healthy take a look at this:

The "Wonder-Drug" hidden inside this hated fat

How this fat feeds your brain

Since the doomsayers of the 1980s convinced the world that fat was evil, the oil from coconuts was one of those foods that you were supposed to avoid.

Crazy isn’t it? I mean, here’s a naturally growing ingredient that many rely upon for food and drink, suddenly hated by do-gooder nutritionists who fell for dodgy science.

In recent times, Professor Kieran Clarke, a professor of physiological biochemistry at Oxford University, has researched the effects of coconut oil. He believes that coconut oil is a vital ingredient for a healthy brain.

And here’s why…

Your brain gets its fuel from glucose in the foods you eat. But the brains of many dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers struggle to use that glucose energy. Instead they plunder things called ‘ketones’, which are stored in your fat reserves.

Professor Clarke says, “Coconut oil contains a lot of a particular sort of fat that our bodies can use to make more of the ketone ‘brain food’. It’s known as MCT (medium chain triglycerides) and it’s not found in the fats most of us eat.”

It’s not just your brain that could do with some coconut oil…

Coconut oil is a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory which helps fight problems like colitis, stomach ulcers, and renal infections.

When you digest coconut oil, it creates monolaurin. This, combined with another ingredient in the oil known as 'Lauric Acid', helps kill microbes, fungi and viruses.

It also helps keep your thyroid healthy, which in turn helps control your metabolism.

How to control weight with fatty coconut oil

As you’ll see on the webpage here, the fats in coconut oil can also boost the health of your thyroid gland.

This is the part of the body that controls your metabolism. A healthier thyroid means a faster metabolism, which means you burn fat more quickly and lose weight more easily.

And rather than clogging your arteries, the fats in coconut oil can also raise your level of good and lower bad cholesterol.

So it’s quite an ingredient really and taking it every day can really make a difference.

Of course, there are still denouncers and crusaders – relics of yesteryear still railing against fats, even though the scientific tide has turned against them.

Last year Karin Michels, an epidemiologist at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, held a lecture entitled “Coconut oil and other nutritional errors” which went viral on YouTube and worried a lot of my readers.

But her argument that saturated fats are somehow ‘poisons’ has been debunked by research.

Oil from coconuts is considered bad by people like Karin because 94% of it is made up of saturated fatty acids. But these are the same kind of fatty acids as found in mother's milk.

They are metabolized quickly in your liver and turned into energy. They’re not the enemy. They’re allies of good health.

For more information I thoroughly recommend you read this webpage: WRONGLY ACCUSED of being unhealthy! The "Wonder-Drug" hidden inside saturated fat

On a final note, you might think the obvious solution is to buy raw coconut oil to spread on food or cook with.
Beware of this…

Many of these supermarket shelf products are churned, evaporated, refined, bleached and over-treated. This is why I recommend you use a high quality capsule like these.

That’s it from me today – I’ve been ordered by Lara to go and sort out our mess of a garage, which my daughter finds hilarious because that’s what I tell her to do with her bedroom.

Yours as ever

Ray Collins




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