It’s not always easy to find satisfying, in-depth writing on the internet, especially on a topic as emotionally loaded as the question of fat (the kind in your butter, not the kind on your hips). But a topic this complicated really does deserve a more detailed treatment. So this week, settle down with a cup of coffee and take a look at two longer reads on the topic of fat:
- One of the more fascinating parts of American food history is the story of how we all got suckered into trading in our lard and tallow for the corn, soy, and canola oils that still dominate the market today. In an excerpt from her book, Denise Minger explains how vegetable oils usurped the position of lard and other animal fats in the American Diet (hint: it has everything to do with marketing, and nothing to do with health).
- If you ever get grief for eating “all that fat” (or if you’ve secretly worried about it yourself), here’s an excellent in-depth look at animal fat, why it’s been vilified, and the whole constellation of opinions opposed to the standard “cholesterol is deadly” line.
Ready for more? Check out some of the other news from around the Paleo world lately:
- An interesting take on the “carbs vs. fat” question – it depends on which type of muscle you have. Some people naturally lean more towards “carb burning” while others are just built for more “fat burning” – and you can do Paleo no matter which one you are, because Paleo is not about low-carb!
- Your mind and your body are not separate entities! Here’s an overview of the importance of minerals for mental health: have you eaten your oysters today?
- Nobody likes waking up the next day thinking “why did I eat that?” – so here’s a guide to avoiding four mind traps that can sucker you into eating something you regret.
- Could food intolerances really be a gut flora problem? In rats, at least, changing gut flora actually provides the ability to digest different foods.
- If you’ve tried and failed to “love your body,” this might be useful: a perceptive argument that just “loving your body” is not enough. Sometimes, body issues aren’t really about your body at all, and focusing on the body itself is just treating the symptom without really addressing the problem.
Now that you’re all caught up, why not try your hand at a quiz to see how well you really know Paleo sources of important nutrients?
Quiz: “But where can I get…?”
Do you ever have to field questions about “where do you get your calcium?” or “where do you get your fiber?” So many people are completely unaware that they can get calcium from somewhere that isn’t dairy, or fiber from anything but grains.
Here’s a quiz to test how well you can fire right back with Paleo food sources of important nutrients.