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FAT is your FRIEND!

fatface-healthy-fats.jpgOver the years, I feel like FAT has started to get a bad rap, right?  For decades, we've tried to avoid fat. We were taught as children that a low-fat diet was the key to staying healthy and slim.  But more recent research has shown that Fat may be the Key to proper health and nutrition! YES, you read that right! Not only is Fat OK to eat, it's actually GOOD for YOUNot just any fats though...we're taking about Healthy fats, like coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts and animal fats!

Here are some fun facts about FAT that you may not know:

  • Our brains are comprised of nearly 60% fat. Essential fatty acids are among the most crucial molecules that effect our brain's ability to perform.

  • Fat aids in the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K. These vitamins are fat soluble, which means that they can only be absorbed if there is fat in a person's diet. So you can keep taking all those expensive supplements, but without adequate Fat in your diet, they'll end up leaving your body just as quickly as they came in, without being absorbed and used.

  • Adequate fat intake is essential to growth and development. Young kids, especially, need a certain amount of fat in their diets to help the brain and nervous system develop correctly.

  • Fats are the building blocks of hormones

  • Fat is necessary for insulating all nervous system tissues in the body









fatface-emo-cow.jpgWhy Tallow?

For centuries, humans have been using things like naturally pressed plant oils and animal fats (like Tallow) in skin moisturizers and healing balms. But unfortunately, the topical application of animal fats seemed to stop around the same time that animal fats disappeared from our diets.

We sometimes forget that we are animals rather than plants. Therefore, the fact that our society thinks it's "weird" to use animal fats on our body seems unsubstantiated and quite honestly, a little absurd. The modern taboo of not using animals fats is as unfounded as the idea that we shouldn't have fats in our diet. Not only do plant products contain very little saturated fats, but they also lack the other nutrients that are needed for healthy skin.

  • Our cell membrane is made up primarily of fatty acids. Saturated fats constitute at least 50 percent of the cell membrane. Since saturated fats tend to be more solid than unsaturated fats at a given temperature, they help give the cell membrane its necessary stiffness and integrity for proper function.

  • Tallow contains the abundant natural fat-soluble activators, vitamins A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E, which are found only in animal fats and which are all necessary for general health and for skin health.

  • Tallow's structure is very similar to sebum, the oily, waxy matter that lubricates and waterproofs our skin. Sebum is made up of lipids (fats) of which 41 percent are in the form of triglycerides, and the lipids of tallow are principally in the form of triglycerides, which is how fatty acids are usually configured in nature.

  • Tallow from grass-fed animals contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as palmitoleic acid, which has natural antimicrobial properties.

  • Tallow from grass-fed cows has a better mineral and micronutrient profile, including higher levels of vitamins. It contains four times the amount vitamin E and three to five times more CLA that those fed a “conventional” diet.

The Weston A Price website has an amazing article, which contains everything you could ever want to know about Tallow.  http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/traditional-nourishing-and-healing-skin-care


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