HEALTHY PALEO FATS
You’ve probably learned by now that good fats don’t make you fat and that saturated fats are in the good fat category. In fact, fats make you happy, and for some of us, Paleo dieters, it’s our main source of energy. Our body is well designed to run primarily on fat as a source of energy and when it does, it produces ketone bodies, which are perfectly healthy.
We might however, over time, forget about the selection of good fats available to us and cook with the same stuff over and over again. Not that this is a problem, but sometimes a little diversity goes a long way toward making our meals more enjoyable.
First of all, you should really eliminate any vegetable oil high in polyunsaturated fatty acids and Omega-6, they’re the ones that will end up killing you! Examples of those include corn oil, peanut oil, soybean oil and grape seed oil.
Butter and Ghee
Butter is wonderful on anything and it adds a certain nutty taste that is just addictive. Even though it’s not strictly Paleo (since caveman didn’t consume dairy products), when you remove the milk constituents (the lactose and the casein are the main problem causing constituents), you get a fat that is highly saturated, delicious and full of CLA when it comes from an organic grass-fed animal. CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is believed to have strong anticancer properties. See my article, The Many Virtues of Butter, to learn more about it as well as other advantages of consuming butter or ghee.
For people who are sensitive to dairy or who just want to be on the safe side, choose ghee over dairy. Ghee, or clarified butter, should not cause any problem because all milk constituents have been removed. You can make it yourself by slowly melting butter in a pan until you see the white parts fall to the bottom, and then straining it in a cheesecloth to keep only the pure fat. Choose butter from organic grass-fed pasture raised animals. Your local butcher should have some. Refer to my article How to Clarify Butter, to get a more detailed explanation on how to do it.
If you don’t want to go to the trouble of making it yourself or if good quality butter is too hard to find, here are two sources of great Ghee that you can order online: Purity farms and Pure Indian Foods. Both brands offer high quality ghee from pastured and grass-fed cows.
Source : paleoleap