OUR FUNDAMENTAL PHILOSOPHY IS THAT PROPER NUTRITION IS A BALANCE OF PROTEIN, FAT, AND CARBOHYDRATES AND ISOLATING ANY ONE ITEM DOESN’T RESULT IN WELL BALANCED NUTRITION AND HEALTH. INSTEAD, WE FEEL THAT NUTRITION IS ABOUT THE COMBINED SYNERGISTIC RELATIONSHIP OF WHOLE FOODS. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO CONSIDER IS THE OVERALL DIETARY PICTURE.
WHY AREN’t PATTERBARS LOWer in FAT?
In the 1960’s the US started a war on fat, identifying it as the culprit in weight gain and obesity. In fact, studies have subsequently identified added sugar as the primary driver for obesity and unhealthy consequences.
Dietary fats are essential to providing your body with energy and supporting cell growth. In addition to helping keep your body warm, they help to protect your organs, absorb nutrients, and produce important hormones.
That said, there are good fats and bad fats. There are two categories of beneficial fats: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Monounsaturated fats are derived from nuts, avocados, and olive oil. Polysaturated fats are essential fats that are required for normal body function, but your body cannot produce them, so you must get them from food. Eating polysaturated fats in place of saturated fats or highly refined carbohydrates reduces harmful LDL cholesterol and improves overall cholesterol. Good sources include fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts.
Saturated fats, or “bad fats”, are very common in the American diet. A diet rich in them can drive up total cholesterol, and tip the balance towards more harmful LDL cholesterol. Coconut oil, while high in saturated fat, is very high in saturated fat lauric acid, which gives “good” HDL cholesterol a boost.
We feel that the focus should move just beyond the fat content of a food, because you can’t judge the healthfulness of a food only by how many grams of saturated fat it has.