I am re-reading a great book by Mary Enig called Eat Fat, Lose Fat. I have read it before, and I am amazed every time by the testimonials in this book. There are thousands of people who have decided to stop listening to modern medicine and start eating more saturated fats. They are healthier, happier and thinner as a result! Here are a few quotes from the book:
A new study by Temple University School of Medicine took place in a clinical research center where every calorie eaten and spent was measured. After a week of typical eating, ten obese patients with type-2 diabetes followed a diet that limited carbohydrates to 20 grams per day but allowed unlimited protein and fat. With carbs out of the diet, the patients spontaneously reduced their daily energy consumption by 1,000 calories per day.
When carbohydrates were restricted, said lead researcher Guenther Boden, MD, the subjects spontaneously reduced their caloric intake to a level appropriate for their height, did not compensate by eating more protein or fat, and lost weight. We concluded that excessive overeating had been fueled by carbohydrates.
In addition to calorie reduction and weight loss, subjects experienced markedly improved glucose levels and insulin sensitivity as well as lower triglycerides and cholesterol (Ann Intern Med. 2005 Mar 15;142(6):403-11). The interesting thing about this study was that the subjects did not consciously try to restrict calories or lose weight, showing that restricting carbs and increasing fat in the diet works better than will power.
Eating 2 tablespoons of medium-chain fatty acids (the kind found in coconut oil) with a meal causes body temperature to rise after the meal. This means that coconut oil can boost metabolism, helping you to avoid the slowdown in metabolism that often occurs during dieting.
I personally can attest to the satisfied feeling that you get after eating coconut oil. I have been cooking with it, and eating it raw for a few years now and I have more energy, completely clear skin, and less sugar cravings. My annoying summer hay fever is almost completely gone, and I haven’t been sick in years. My daily diet is around 3,000 calories with a minimum of 65% of those calories coming from saturated fat. I eat butter, lard, beef tallow, coconut oil, chicken fat and whole, raw dairy.
I urge you to study this issue for yourself. Study it like your life depends on it! It is really hard to change your opinion about saturated fats. We have been so brainwashed in the last few decades, that it is a very difficult subject to be objective about. Wipe your mind clear of any preconceived notions or ideas that you have about health and give traditional fats a chance. You will be glad that you did!
Books and Websites that will help:
The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price
The Fourfold Path to Healing by Thomas S Cowan
Sugar Blues by William Dufty