Confused by fat? One minute we’re told to stay away from it; the next, we’re told to embrace it. What’s best? Chris Masterjohn demystifies the matter in today’s discussion. Chris has a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College in New York. He explains in detail fat’s function in our bodies and how we should approach including it in our diet. He explains the need to take into account our genetics, our constitution, our ancestry, and even our careers, as we tweak our diets to find our “sweet spot.”
He touches on some heady stuff: cholesterol levels, the LDL/HDL ratio, and the difference between saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fats. He also points out which foods contain what kind of fat. Along the way, he helps us move from fear of fat to a place of understanding and freedom. “Fear is disempowering,” says Chris. Fat has an important role to play in our bodies and embracing it is a step in the right direction, a step toward good health.
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“Fat is a major energy storage depot in our bodies. It plays an important structural role in our body. Each of the trillion cells in our body is enclosed by membranes made of fats. Our brain contains ¼ of the fat in our bodies, even though it’s only 2% of our body weight. It affects our thinking, our mental and psychological health.”
Prepare to move from fat “phobia” to embracing this critical nutrient, as a result of listening to this episode! Chris Masterjohn is a nutrition heavyweight. He has a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and is currently an assistant professor of health and nutrition sciences at Brooklyn College in New York. You’re guaranteed to learn a lot from this conversation as he explains the role of fat in our bodies.
- How to replace the fear of fat with freedom
- How to avoid the pendulum swing of dietary trends
- The sources of fats and why they play such an important part in our health and physiology
- Why the shift toward soybean oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil may be detrimental to our health
- The differences between saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats
- The definition of essential fatty acids
- How to self-experiment to get the right amount of fats for your body (factoring in genetics, ancestry, your constitution and even your career!)
- When cholesterol levels may be a red flag
- The need for a health care practitioner who is a “biological detective”
Bonus: At the end of the interview, Chris gives a surprising tip for what to do to achieve optimal health!
Look for Chris’ podcast (and blog by the same name) “The Daily Lipid.”
Chris’ blog on the Weston A. Price website
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