Coconut oil, red meat, and butter-these fats are traditionally considered harmful, but this powerful book, based on more than two decades of research, shows that these saturated fats are actually essential to weight loss and health.
Eat Fat, Lose Fat
flouts conventional wisdom by revealing that so-called healthy vegetable oils (such as corn and soybean) are in large part responsible for our national obesity and health crisis.The three programs in this book, which features delicious coconut oil based recipes, among others, show that eating healthy fats is the answer to losing weight and achieving good health for a lifetime.
"If permanently losing weight while improving your health is a real goal, I highly recommend Eat Fat, Lose Fat."-Dr. Joseph Mercola, bestselling author of The No-Grain Diet
"Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon are two of the most important voices in the wellness revolution. Eat Fat, Lose Fat is a must read."
-Jordan S. Rubin, author of The New York Times' bestselling The Maker's Diet
In this new addition to the fast-fix diet book shelf, Enig and Fallon attempt to correct what they see as Americans' false belief that tropical fats and oils (such as coconut and palm) are unhealthy, asserting that those fats (and coconut, especially) are beneficial saturated fats that should be more heavily incorporated into our diets. Enig, a biochemist and nutritionist, along with Fallon, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation (a non-profit dedicated to helping people implement healthy approaches to nutrition), say "high-fat, low-carb really works," eschewing the disastrous effects a high-fat diet can have on a person's heart. They like the Atkins diet, but say it doesn't take advantage of the "metabolism-boosting" powers of coconut oil. Their approach skews more toward traditional diets and away from modern diets (e.g., chose animal fats over vegetable oils; raw or fermented dairy products instead of pasteurized ones). Though based on considerable research, the book is somewhat off-putting. Its emphasis on one ingredient-in the recipe section, for example, one sample menu has readers eating a dish with coconut in it seven times in one day-seems nutritionally suspicious.
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Excerpt from Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Mary Enig
The Miracles of Coconut
Did You Know? . . .
- The body can use coconut oil for energy more rapidly and efficiently than any other fat source. Special fats in coconut (called medium-chain fatty acids) are not normally stored in your body as fat. Instead, they're quickly converted to energy, making coconut ideal for weight loss.
- Coconut improves thyroid function in people with hypothyroid disease.
- People in countries where coconut is an important part of the diet have lower rates of heart disease and cancer than Americans. For example, a 1996 report by the National Cancer Institute lists Thailand (with the highest coconut consumption of any country in the world) as having the lowest cancer rates for both men and women out of 50 countries studied. Inhabitants of the Philippines have some of the lowest rates of heart disease in the world, according to a study published in the Philippine Journal of Internal Medicine, 1992.
- Coconut oil is currently used in infant formulas and hospital invalid foods because it confers special health benefits. It's also used in sports drinks to help athletes produce lean body mass.
- The fats in coconut help fight infections of all kinds.
- Some dieters have even reported that coconut oil has helped them get rid of cellulite!