The concept of healthy fats is incredibly confusing today!
Some food philosophies classify fats as bad across the board and recommend limiting oils to the bare minimum in the diet.
Others like Keto recommend that you embrace fats because they are so nourishing gram for gram. Such diets go further by suggesting that they constitute the majority of calories consumed on a daily basis.
So what’s the truth?
And, which fats are actually “healthy” anyway?
Using a historical perspective to cut through the marketing hype, the definition of “healthy fats” is as follows:
A macronutrient of either plant or animal origin, containing 9 calories per gram, that was consumed by vibrant, long-lived, chronic disease-free traditional societies and extracted/processed in a manner consistent with these societies.
The articles below explore whether the fats of today meet the above criteria.
Most importantly, they offer guidance on whether a particular fat or oil is worthy of your food dollars!