As some of you know, my current profession is in health sciences librarianship. I was drawn to this profession because I've always enjoyed research (though nutrition is definitely my passion). There is so much great information out there on proper nutrition, but it's scattered all over the place. I felt compelled to start a symposium series that spotlights a topic, rounds up all the facts from the experts, and puts it into to one convenient place.
Let's start with my favorite topic: fats
List of Good Fats and Oils versus Bad by Dr. Cate Shanahan
Dr. Cate is absolutely brilliant. She is a board certified family physician and also studied biochemistry and genetics. She understands on a molecular and chemical level how fatty acids interact with our body, and the effects cooking methods may have. I would encourage you to listen to one of the many podcasts she has been a guest on as well.
FAQs: What are safe cooking fats & oils? by Diane Sanfilippo
Diane breaks it all down for us in this post: stable and unstable fats, saturated and unsaturated fats, refined and unrefined oils. I HIGHLY recommend downloading her PDF and hanging a copy up in your kitchen and bringing a copy to the grocery store with you. She also provides a list of brands of fats that are safe to cook with. Are you a visual learner? Be sure to watch the two videos on how coconut oil is made and how canola oil is made.
The Complete Guide to Fats (Plus, a downloadable list!) by Coconuts and Kettlebells
Still confused about the science behind fats? Fellow NTP Noelle Tarr has a great explanation for you and provides an excellent list of what you should, and shouldn't be, using.
HEALTHY FATS VS. UNHEALTHY FATS: HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE by Steph Gaudreau
Stupid Easy Paleo's simple chemical breakdown of the different types of fats and which ones you should and shouldn't eat.
Oils and Healthy Fats by Primal Palate
A cooking-centric post on the proper use of fats and oils.
7 reasons FAT is your friend! by Liz Wolfe
Another brilliant NTP gives us 7 simply explained yet excellent reasons why it's ok to enjoy the good fats.
I choose butter. (You’d butter believe it.) by Liz Wolfe
Liz explains why it's actually healthy to eat butter and why the fake butters and margarine should be avoided, even though they are marketed as "healthy" (biggest scam of all time, IMO) thanks to some pretty corrupt science.
The Definitive Guide to Fats by Mark Sisson
Mark's Daily Apple provides us with a biochemical breakdown of all the different types of fats and how they relate to a healthy diet.
The Definitive Guide to Saturated Fat by Mark Sisson
Saturated fats are so misunderstood (Gee thanks Ancel Keys) that they really need their own guide. Mark explains why saturated fats aren't so bad and breaks down some of the terrible science that has wrongly vilified them.
The Definitive Guide to Oils by Mark Sisson
You're going to be seeing a lot from Mark Sisson. He's absolutely brilliant. This is his simple guide on what oils you should and should not be cooking with, and why.
Good Fats, Bad Fats: Separating Fact from Fiction by Chris Masterjohn
From the Weston A. Price Foundation, Chris busts some myths about fats with some pretty solid research.
Saturated Fat Does a Body Good by Chris Masterjohn by Chris Masterjohn
Another well researched article for the WAPF on why saturated fats are essential for proper body function at every level.
The Bulletproof Guide to Omega 3 Vs. Omega 6 Fats
From the geniuses behind bulletproof coffee, here is a simple chemical breakdown of fats, and the importance of balancing omega-3s with omega-6s
Industrial seed oils: unnatural and unfit for human consumption by Chris Kresser
This entire article is fantastic and is part of a larger series. But the section on seed oils has some great information on why you want to avoid this type of fat (ironically what the government and most registered dietitians recommend)
Know your fats by Chris Kresser
Again this entire article, part of a larger series, is worth reading. But if you want to focus on fats, Kresser discusses all the different types of fats, including why and how you should eat them.
Big ‘FAT’ Blog Post - Part 1 by Amy Kubal
Big “Fat” Blog Post 2 by Amy Kubal
Big ‘Fat’ Blog Post 3 by Amy Kubal
This is a 3-part Q&A series from one of my favorite people, Robb Wolf. Topics include: why saturated fats won't clog your arteries, omega-3s:omega-6s, medium chain fatty acids, coconut oil, and endurance athletes.
Chris Masterjohn: Good Fats vs. Bad Fats, 3 Key Fat-Soluble Vitamins, & Why Some Inflammation is Good
This is a podcast from Abel James AKA Fat Burning Man featuring Chris Masterjohn, discussing the importance of fats (and which ones to avoid and why) from a science-based perspective.
Primal Docs on "fats"
The Primal Docs blog is a consortium of expert blog posts. If you are looking for more information on fats or something specific, this might be a good place to start
Why ghee is good for you (inside AND out!) by Liz Wolfe
When we think of superfoods, we think of leafy green vegetables but ghee is the superfood of fats! It's great for you skin in every way, too, as Liz explains.
Did I miss something? Do you have another great article to add? Comment below!
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