Eating Butter Makes You Smarter? Game On!
OK, maybe there’s no science behind butter making us smarter (yet!), but we can dream right?
Tim Ferriss, of FourHourWorkWeek.com, has an article from a few years back that is worth pointing out, and it does cover the “brain benefit” of eating healthy fat.
In general, discussing eating more fat is a touchy subject and Tim’s article shares some good points from smart people.
It’s titled, 7 Reasons to Eat More Saturated Fat and here’s quote from it:
It seems that no matter how the story spins from the denizens of the anti-fat camp, one piece of their advice remains staunchly constant: “You should sharply limit your intake of saturated fats.” The next admonition will invariably be, “which have been proven to raise cholesterol and cause heart disease.” Their over-arching belief is that saturated fat is bad, bad, bad.
You see with just a glance at [our suggested meal plans] that we’ve included fatty cuts of meat, chicken with the skin, bacon, eggs, butter, coconut oil, organic lard, and heavy cream in the plan. Aren’t we worried that these foods will increase your risk of heart disease and raise your cholesterol? In a word, nope. In fact, we encourage you to make these important fats a regular part of your healthy diet.
Look, everyone’s metabolism is different so there’s no “one size fits all” approach to weight, nutrition, and well-being.
But my own personal experiments have showed that drastically increasing my own healthy butter and coconut oil intakes have not increased my weight at all. In fact I believe they have helped me feel full and keep weight off.
When I began hitting a CrossFit gym pretty regularly I dropped about 15 pounds rather quickly and then plateaued.
It was only after changing my diet, increasing my fat intake, and completely dropping grains that another ten pounds fell off and stayed off.
Got butter? 🙂