When I tell people that I eat pork, for some reason their reaction is pretty much: “What????? You eat pork?? What about all the fat?”
Poor fat…it has being unfairly condemned for so many decades.
If we only knew the important role that healthy/good quality fats play in our well-being maybe we wouldn’t be so afraid of consuming it. It’s unfortunate how the media is able to manipulate information to make us make decisions that are convenient to their pockets.
Now more than ever, we need to be informed, be willing to learn and most importantly take responsibility of our health. So having said this, let me tell you why I think quality fats are essential to our health.
Fat is a necessary component in our diets because they are very much needed for:
- Proper function of immune system
- Integrity of skin and mucus membranes.
- Proper absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
- Provide us with long lasting energy, making us feel satisfied for a longer period of time.
- Reduces food cravings.
- Serve as protective lining for the organs.
- Required for adequate utilization of proteins.
- Causes mood stability. Severe lack of fat can lead to depression and fatigue.
- And of course, make food taste delicious!
The main cause for deficiency of fatty acids is the consumption of hydrogenated oils. These are refined vegetable oils such canola, soybean, safflower, cottonseed and others. To be on the safe side don’t buy any of those cheap oils sold in clear plastic containers. Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils are converted into trans fats. Why are trans -fats so bad? Well, here’s a brief list:
- In woman, increases the risk of developing breast cancer.
- Creates more plaque in the arteries eventually leading to Coronary Heart diseases.
- Prevent the formation of anti-inflammatory substances, also known as prostaglandins. These are in change of inflammatory and anti-inflammatory reactions in the body.
- Affects the integrity of cells and makes them less resistant to bacteria and viruses. Causing poor function of immune system.
- Skin problems, like acne. I know this very well, since I used to suffer from chronic acne.
- Link between trans-fats and depression and fatigue.
When buying meats I always make sure to get only grass-fed because commercially raised meats come from cattle that is fed soy, corn and other foods that make their systems too acidic. When this happens they tend to get sick and are given antibiotics to help fight the diseases, those antibiotics end up in the meat offered to the consumer. Plus the levels of omega 6 in commercially raised meats is way too high and this can lead to inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular problems, asthma, Colitis, allergies and so on.
It’s definitely worth it to invest in the quality of meat you buy, fortunately, grass-fed meats is become more and more popular at regular grocery stores. In the meantime you can find them at any health food store, online or ask your local butcher.
Alright, beautiful soul, it is cooking time! Thank you for reading all this information before preparing these delicious ribs!
- 1 lb pork ribs
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp black ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 275 F.
- Rub the pork ribs with all the seasonings on both sides.
- Place ribs in an oven-safe glass container and cover with two sheets of aluminum foil.
- Bake for 2.5 hours. The meat should easily fall off the bone, bake a little longer if needed.