Adam and I love a good hot breakfast. Eggs, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, avocado and buttered, creamy kale (hold the toast). We dished this up for some friends last weekend and I could see the shock and horror on our friend’s faces as they were mentally adding up all the calories in the butter, coconut oil, olive oil and other assorted fats in this meal.
“I can’t eat that! There’s too much fat in there!”
We do. Now, not to brag, but we keep our body fat pretty low (Adam 4-6%, Christie 13-16%) on a consistent basis. And we eat a lot (a LOT) of fat. I’m not talking deep fried Mars Bars or spoons of margarine. I’m talking wholesome, good old-fashioned, natural fat. The kind your Nanna used to eat. We are considering buying shares in an organic butter factory and planting some coconut palms to manufacture our own coconut oil. Not really. Point made.
Did you know that our brain is about 65% fat? The myelin sheaths, which are the insulators on our neurons, are about 70% fat.
Now before you go out and buy our butter in bulk, you need to figure out what’s best for you. We have been reading about carbohydrates and fats in a great book called “Keto Clarity”. I’ve not been able to look at carbs the same again.
The graph below shows an interesting relationship between increasing obesity over time. Funny how when we all started eating low-fat this, skinny-that, we got fatter.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics (US). Health, United States, 2008: With Special Feature on the Health of Young Adults. 2009 Mar. Chartbook.
There was an epidemic of heart disease running rampant in the U.S. in the 20th century.
This led to the birth of the low-fat diet, which aims to restrict saturated fat. Interestingly, the obesity epidemic started at almost the exact same time the low-fat guidelines first came out.
Of course, this doesn’t prove anything, because correlation doesn’t equal causation.
But it does seem likely that putting the emphasis on saturated fat, while giving processed low-fat foods high in sugar a free pass, may have contributed to negative changes in the population’s diet.
Interesting isn’t it. I am sure I remember being told not to eat fat as it would make me put on weight. I am pretty certain I can recall NOT ordering avocado in my early 20’s as it was high in saturated fat. Now I can’t get enough and I’ll tell you something. My meals with healthy fats are oh-so-satisfying. Yummy goodness filling my belly with love. Glistening on the plate in all its natural, fatty glory.
Now, who feels like eggs and bacon with a side of butter?