Fats (all kinds of fats) have been generalized unfairly as bad for the health but not all fats necessarily cause diseases. In fact, some fats can even contribute to preventing certain illnesses. Simply put, there are fats that are bad for the health and there are other fats that are actually good for the body.

Recent years have already proved that diets restricting all fats actually fail when it comes to weight loss. And true enough, since after World War II, experts have begun telling Americans that only saturated fats, such as butters, need to be restricted from their diets. But low-fat diets for losing weight caused nearly two-thirds of adult Americans to be classified as overweight. And today, more and more children are becoming overweight in the USA. Obviously, there’s something wrong.

A common cause of our health problems is eating too much fats, especially polyunsaturated fats, but we actually need certain kinds of good fats in our regular diets in order to prevent obesity.

You, like me, probably grew up being advised that saturated fats are bad fats while vegetable oils are good fats; however, studies now reveal that the truth is the opposite. Diets with moderate to high amounts of “good” saturated fats or oils such as olive oil and coconut oil are actually good for the body. In fact, dieters who added at least 4 tablespoons of pure coconut oil to their meals every day, realized that it’s easier to lose weight this way than being on a total fat-restricted diet.

At times, too, adding these healthy oils can help with certain health problems. For instance, they help in raising good cholesterol levels while lowering bad cholesterol and also blood pressure as well as blood glucose.

The bad guys really are the polyunsaturated oil types of fats that contain long-chain toxic fatty acids (aka LCTs). Polyunsaturated oils such as grocery-bought vegetable oils including corn, soy, rapeseed, cottonseed, and safflower—all store fats in the body. These oils do not help lower cholesterol as you avoid healthy saturated oils, but instead they store the oils in your liver. More so, free radicals easily damage and oxidize these oils (i.e. they become rancid after being cooked, even if you store them in the refrigerator.) They damage our body at its cellular level, leading to health issues like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and hypothyroidism. These oils also lower our bodies’ metabolic rate, suppress proper thyroid functioning, and cause quicker skin aging aside from leading us to pack even more fat weight.

And now let’s talk about trans-fats. Trans-fats are among the worst kinds of fats. They often appear as hydrogenated vegetable oils and/or partially hydrogenated oils on food ingredient labels. These are vegetable oils that are made into hard fats such as vegetable shortening and margarines. They are often used in processed/prepared baked goods such crackers, cookies, grocery pastries, and most kinds of supermarket peanut butter in order to prolong shelf-life.

Also, these bad fats are almost exclusively used in fast food chain meals that are deep-fried. On the other hand when cooked and eaten, they disable the body from processing these chemically-created fats, therefore increasing bad cholesterols in the bloodstream, while decreasing the good ones. Trans-fatty acids are especially linked to diabetes, heart disease, and cancers so as much as possible, avoid foods with margarine and shortening, as well as any foods containing them.

By January 2006, the United States FDA has finally required food products to indicate the amount of trans-fats, in their food labels. What is disturbing though is that today, over 40 percent of the products in supermarkets have trans-fats in them! What’s even worse is that even most grocery meats are also filled with pesticides, drugs, and hormones which all get transported to our bodies when we eat them!

The fatty acid chains found in olive oil and coconut oil are classified as MCTs or medium-chain fatty acids and they help promote weight loss via increasing our body’s metabolism for releasing energy. Lately, coconut oil has become a popular type of saturated healthy fat, because it has been found to be the richest natural source of MTC.

In case you want to add pure coconut oil to your diet, then purchasing virgin coconut oil (VCO) is most highly recommended because VCO comes from only the best parts of a coconut, and it has not been heat-processed nor chemically bleached. You can usually find VCO in most grocery and health food stores.

VCO is even better for cooking compared to olive oil, because the heat of cooking can damage olive oil, thus making it akin to the other types of unhealthy vegetable oils for the body.

Finally, saturated fats from animal meat or eggs are not really as bad as they were once conceived to be, more specifically if they come from free-range/grass-fed organically raised animals. (Still, flesh and fats from non-organic animal meats remain somewhat dangerous for the body.) The same goes for healthy organic butter which is high in CLA or conjugated linoleic acid. CLAs help the body lose weight, at the same time gain more muscles.

Organically produced dairy products, meats, poultry, eggs, etc. always give us a much better, healthier alternative to getting our body’s daily needs for protein and saturated fats. Our bodies need these healthy foods for proper functioning, and they should be eaten daily though in correct proportion with the other healthy, nutritious foods.

You can now forget the guilt and fry up that free-range chicken in virgin coconut oil and still be healthy and able to lose weight!

Ray Plumlee
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Retired USN "Mustang"(Enlisted to Officer) Officer. World traveler, been to 38 countries.
After retiring in 1994, I kept myself busy traveling as an online web programmer. Maybe you heard of me, Have Web Sites Will Travel? I then retired for a second time in 2010. Recently to keep busy I started a 3rd career, a career dedicated to me. My full time dedication is to my health and fitness. My job is to research everything to do with health and fitness (Yes, sexual health) and everything else related. I workout 6 times a week, closely monitor my diet and nutrition. I have started an online blog dedicated to the health and fitness of men over 60. So you can see I keep myself very busy.

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8 thoughts on “Are All Fats Bad For You?

  • 2 February 2018 at 11:41 AM

    Thank you for this piece, my mum has always avoided all fats giving food because she’s getting a little pumped up. Never knew there are good fats. I’m gonna make sure I show this to her.

  • 8 January 2018 at 12:13 PM

    I am in late sixties and always believed that all fats are bad for elderly people before reading this article. Already consuming corn oil and never tried coconut oil. This is the right time to give coconut oil a try.

  • 7 April 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Thanks for sharing a post on this topic. I really needed to read this. I was concerned whether all type of fats are bad for health. Good to know that it’s actually not!

  • 20 February 2016 at 8:43 PM

    I suppose getting the good and bad fats sorted out in my head will happen but for this new convert to healthy eating it is a bit confusing. Thank you for trying to explain it so we laymen have a chance to get a handle on it.

  • 3 February 2016 at 8:39 PM

    A very tough argument here. I would agree that some fats are needed inside the body, but when some people hear that, they go nuts and complain about weight gain and things that come a long with it.

  • 30 January 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Back in the day when the media made is sound as if Trans-fats was going to kill us all in a matter of months I did my best to eat fat free. Of course I never bothered to research to see if something had one kind of fat or another. I assumed fat, all fat, was bad. I think most people thought the same. Nice to find information that clears that misconception up.

  • 27 January 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Good article. Yes, as a child I remember vegetable fats were considered good, saturated fats bad…. and that was the FDA line too. Also, butter was bad and margarine was considered the healthier choice. Of course we now know that margarine is actually a form of plastic. It was invented to fatten turkeys I believe… but it killed them, so it was submitted to the FDA as an alternative to butter and approved for human consumption. Reason enough to not believe FDA approvals.

  • 26 January 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Thank you for this. My doctor recently told me to cut fat out of my diet. That was it, just cut “fat” out of my diet. I naturally started researching and now know some fat is the problem, but that is not what he said. I wonder if he even knows there are good and bad fats, and if not, how did he get a license to practice medicine?


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