Another gem from my afternoon of reading “health” magazines in all of their Conventional Wisdom glory. This one was in the October issue of “The Australian Healthy Food Guide”, in an article all about fat.
Choose a canola, sunflower or olive oil reduced fat table spread instead of butter
This sounds very similar to the advice in yesterdays post, based on an irrational fear of saturated fat.
When cooking, use spray oil wherever possible
I’ve not seen spray coconut oil, so can only assume they must mean spray “vegetable” oils. The whole reason for spraying is to use less fat. In that respect I guess it’s better to use less vegetable oil – but none would be a much bigger health improvement.
For salad dressings, choose a vegetable or seed oil such as canola, sunflower, olive, soybean, sesame or peanut
+1 point for the olive oil. But I’d personally rather have my salad undressed – with a serving of meat & an avocado to make sure I got some good fat with my lunch. As for putting soybean oil on my salad – what a horrible thought – don’t do it!
Choose low-fat varieties of foods whenever possible
Instead of natural, whole foods, with no added or altered ingredients, go for Franken foods instead!?
Choose reduced-fat or skim dairy foods
Fat soluble vitamins in the dairy can’t be absorbed, without the fat. Also without the fat, the sugar content is proportionally higher – increasing the insulin effect. Not to mention the fact fat is not the villain?
Fat is essential for so many functions. It is a great energy source, without the crash and burn of relying on carbohydrates for energy. I wonder how many more years it will take before health magazines catch up? Will they actually tell us to increase our intake of good fats and give up the grains? One day?