Fats – the safer choices

Fats – the safer choices

Lindsey Dixon - BSc., NTP. "Fats – the safer choices"

There are so many thoughts on fats and here I will try to simplify what can seem so complicated.  It isn’t an easy task since there is quite a lot of science behind this topic.

The answer in the short term, if you want to ensure no ‘rancidity’ and avoid a poison attack on your system - follow these simple rules:


·       Lard

·       Ghee

·       Beef and Lamb Tallow

·       Chicken, Duck, and Goose Fat

·       Coconut Oil – organic virgin

·       Red Palm Oil – organic virgin

 *Animal Fats – MUST be from organically raised, grass-fed pastured animals.

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* Tropical Vegetable Fats – should be organic and unrefined in nature.


·       Olive Oil (unfiltered)

·       Peanut Oil

·       Avocado Oil

·       Macadamia Nut Oil

·       Sesame Oil

* ALWAYS – expeller pressed oils only.  Read the Label first – if you can’t trust the source – then don’t buy it.



·       Vegetable/Soybean Oil

·       Corn Oil

·       Flax Oil

·       Hemp Oil

·       Pine Nut Oil

·       Pumpkin Oil

·       Safflower Oil

·       Sunflower Oil

·       Grapeseed Oil


* PolyUnsaturatedFattyAcids (PUFAs) – these oils are comprised of nearly half omega-6-fatty acids and should NEVER be used for cooking. 


If you wish to consume – ALWAYS use in moderation and SOURCE the best you can (never refined or processed).  This is a difficult task.  Corn and Soybean oils are best avoided due to GMO concerns and heavy pesticide levels.

REAL “BUTTER” Grass-fed, Organic and Free-Ranging Animals (Full of healthy Co-Factors).


Only source – Quality Grass-fed Butter – it contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in small amounts and in a healthy ratio.  CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) fatty acids for better weight management, muscle growth, and protection from disease.  Butter contains fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K to help us absorb and assimilate trace minerals (zinc, manganese, selenium, iodine, chromium etc.).  Butyric Fatty Acids to protect us from infections; Arachidonic Fatty Acids for proper healing and the inflammatory/anti-inflammatory response.  Butterfat to enhance brain function, increase cell membrane integrity and NOT forgetting how great it tastes! Satiety!!  It’s FULL of healthy Co-Factors.


Co-Factors are required for the absorption of Calcium to occur in our bodies.  For healthy bones – our body uses 99 percent of its calcium to keep our bones and teeth strong – thereby supporting skeletal structure and function. The rest of the calcium in our body plays key roles in cell signalling, blood clotting, muscle contraction and nerve function.  Most of us already have a good supply of calcium in our diets, we need to ensure we are absorbing and storing it properly.   Excess calcium must be stored, when the body is deficient of energy or nutrition it lacks the energy required to convert calcium into bone tissues/structure – where it should be stored – so the body finds more energy efficient places to deposit the utilizable calcium and to keep the blood pH in balance.  Calcium gets stored into the easiest and less energy resourceful places in the body such as – arteries, kidneys, gallbladder, eyes, joints, etc – by enhancing digestion and absorption’ we could avoid these imbalances – hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) – calcification of organs, glands and joints (arthritis) – and Cataracts.


Cofactors and systemic hydration enable enzymes and biological functions throughout the body.


·       Canola Oil – extracted from the ‘hybridized rapeseed’ (highly processed and GMO). The omega-3-FA in canola oil is delicate and turns rancid quickly during processing.

·       Cottonseed Oil – Cotton is one of the most genetically modified, pesticide-laden crops in America.  Someone decided at some point in time that the seeds from cotton were worth processing and the extraction and hydrogenation processes used quarantined pesticide residues into the oil.  This is a highly inedible product and a major constituent in ‘shortening’ (e.g. - CRISCO).  Avoid Cottonseed along with hydrogenated Soybean at all costs.


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