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Yet another study has been published demonizing saturated fat. But before you swear off your A.I. dessert, let’s take a closer look. You might decide you can have your cake and protect your health, too!


Breasts Know Best

According to top health insiders, the studies from which mainstream media draws its negative conclusions on saturated fat are consistently critically flawed. This is because they don’t take into account healthy, unprocessed, saturated fats (like palm, avocado and coconut oils) and they don’t differentiate between these healthy sat fats and dangerous, trans fats. The latter would of course contribute to disease and is currently being outlawed all over the country, while the former actually provides health benefits (when used in moderation, of course).

The trans fatty acids in the diets studied logically are responsible for the increase in heart disease risk shown, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola. “Unfortunately, prejudice has blinded researchers to the benefits of saturated fats in human health,” Mercola adds.

The differentiation between natural sat fats and trans fats is key to keeping us off the heart attack highway. Dr. Mercola and other docs who dig deeper, raise another compelling point: If saturated fats were of no value or were harmful to us, why would breast milk produce numerous saturated fats? This natural nectar, after all, provides the ultimate source of nourishment to ensure that babies thrive.

Saturated fats are, in fact, essential parts of all body tissues. According to Mary G. Enig, PhD, Vice-President of the Weston A Price Foundation and author of Know Your Fats (Bethesda Press, May 2000), saturated fats are used in the body by muscles to provide energy. In the muscles, they oxidize appropriately in a carefully controlled process and do not contribute to oxidation –a factor about which confusion abounds among the health conscious.

A Whole Different Animal

Yet another reason many reports we hear link sat fat, and specifically animal fat, to disease is because they fail to differentiate between fat from animals raised without toxic chemicals, antibiotics and hormones and fat from those that are pumped full of them. These substances are suspected to be the real reason for the disease link. Doctors who understand these differences promote only eating naturally raised, grass-fed, free-range meat (chose organic to make it easy). Turns out our ancestral cavemen had it right. Grass fed fat in this type of dairy and meat is actually healthy . . . not to mention, more indulgent!

So enjoy a creamy glass of whole, organic milk and you’ll see—this is a prime example of a healthy food choice that actually tastes better than the adulterated version. See A.I.’s detailed article on natural meat at: http://www.angelicindulgence.com/uploads/URwhatUeat_full_copy.pg.jpg

By indulging in natural meats, eating whole, unprocessed foods, and plenty of fresh, local, and organic produce, we don’t need to stress about saturated fat, because it’s the right kind of sat fat. (Stress is probably a bigger danger to the heart anyway.) Even a daily healthy dessert is perfectly responsible, when the ingredients support intelligent decadence. Try a recipe on our dessert page.

Fret not when you hear those sat fat-bashing news reports, because you know all fat is NOT created equal! Some is even Angelic.


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Little White Label Lies

Our bodies need saturated fat to stay healthy. What we need to avoid is trans fats. Last year, food manufacturers were forced to label how much trans fat was in their food, BUT watch out for this loophole: Many manipulate the serving sizes so they can say their products are “trans fat-free”. According to the law, if the product has less than 500 mg trans fat per serving, they can make this claim. So many manufacturers simply decrease the serving size and voila—the ratio of trans fat disappears. So check the fine print, not just the promotional lines on those labels. If the serving size is ridiculously low, raise a skeptical brow and enthusiastically shove that item back on the shelf. Also, generally, anything fried has trans fats as do most highly-processed foods.