hear a lot about fats and oils these days. Much of it is confusing because many
of those who talk about them are confused themselves. Anti-fat fanatics loudly
proclaim that dietary fat is the cause of obesity, heart disease, cancer, and
just about every other disease known to mankind. They seem to ignore the fact
that in many traditional diets throughout the world people consume up to 50 and
even 60% of their daily calories as fat and have little or no heart disease,
obesity, or any of the other diseases of modern civilization. Others say it's
not the amount of fat you eat but the type. This is a more sensible view, yet
people disagree as to which fats are good and which are bad.
Oils that were once loudly promoted as being healthy are now exposed as dietary
troublemakers. Those that have been labeled as dietary villains are now known to
be among the most healthy. To add to the confusion, many people, including
authors and health care professionals, who are not up to date on their fats and
oils research still promote unhealthy fats as being good and good fats as being
So which are the good fats and which are the bad? The answers may surprise you.
The key to understanding the difference between good and bad fats can be found
in the studies of Dr. Weston A. Price. In the 1930s Dr. Price traveled
extensively evaluating the diets and health of people in developing areas of the
world. He discovered that those people who lived on traditional foods were
relatively free from the degenerative diseases that plagued modern society. Dr.
Price observed that when people adopt modern foods they begin to develop the so
called diseases of modern civilization such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes,
One the major differences Dr. Price discovered between modern and traditional
diets is the types of fats consumed. Traditional diets consisted primarily of
butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and animal fats (i.e., lard, tallow, etc.). The
oils in modern diets were primarily margarine, shortening, and processed
vegetable oils (corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean, cottonseed, etc.).
It is the traditional fats that are the good and the modern processed vegetable
oils which are bad. For many people this is surprising because they have been
told just the opposite for so many years. Modern research is now catching up
with Dr. Price's discoveries and confirming his findings. In future issues of
the JurakXpress I will explain why traditional fats are superior to processed
Dr. Bruce Fife is a certified nutritionist
and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. He has written 18 books and serves as
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