BACON: A Simple Guide to Healthy Fats

Low-fat, no-fat, all-fat, saturated fat, unsaturated fat…  We’ve heard it all before!  But what makes sense from your body’s point of view?

During millions of years of evolution, we developed a synergistic relationship with simple foods that have been available in nature for a long time.  And what does this mean for our plate today?  Keep it simple – and when it comes to fat, here’s an acronym that will help you do just that:


Butter (organic, unsalted)

Organic, unsalted butter is both healthy and delicious.  Use sparingly if weight loss is a goal, but don’t be afraid of saturated fat: your body likes it.

Avocado (raw)

What’s not to like about avocados?  They are phenomenal in salads, smoothies, sandwiches, salsas and even some soups.

Coconut (milk, oil, cream)

There are a lot of choices here. Buy good quality, and use wherever the coconut taste is an asset. Also great for your skin and hair!

Olive oil (extra virgin, cold pressed)

Some olive oil coming out of Italy lately is adulterated, so buy from sources that pay attention
to quality. A standby for every kitchen, it can be combined with butter when sautéing.

Nuts (raw, organic)

Buy from a source that has good turnover for maximum freshness. If you buy in bulk, store them in the refrigerator in glass jars. Some nuts, like almonds, can be more digestible if soaked in water for a few hours.

And, surprisingly enough, bacon itself can be a healthy fat. Buy high quality, uncured bacon (think Mom’s, Trader Joe’s, or Whole Foods), and cook it in the oven.

When it’s done to your taste, pour off the fat into a jar and keep it in the refrigerator. It’s absolutely delicious on greens, and could change your opinion of kale and collard greens forever.

Enjoy these heart-healthy, brain-healthy foods daily!

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