This is Episode 1 of the brand new Ask Prof Noakes Podcast hosted by Brad Brown and featuring leading exercise scientist, Professor Tim Noakes. Author of the Lore of Running, Waterlogged, Challenging Beliefs and the Real Meal Revolution, Prof Noakes is one of the leading global authorities when it comes to the Low Carb High Fat diet.A lot has been written and said about cholesterol and it’s link to fat. What is the relationship between cholesterol and high fat low carb foods?
First and foremost it’s important to know where your source of fat comes from. Unhealthy fats are those that come
from poorly raised animals, or are man made. There is real merit in eating organic. Meat and Fat in this case, from
feedlot raised animals needs to be avoided if possible. Feed is predominantly carbohydrate based, and the animals
are subject to increased antibiotic and steroid supplements. Not only does this affect the nutritional value of the
Meat and Fat, but also the quality.
Good Fat vs Bad Fat – What Fat not to eat
Fresh pasture and dried grasses are the natural diet of all ruminant animals. In factory farms, animals are switched to
an unnatural diet based on corn and soy. You want to be eating the Fat from animals raised on natural diets. Of the
most common forms of Meat and Fat; beef, pork and lamb, the later tends to provide the best form of Fat. This is
because lamb most commonly comes from pasture raised animals. The same rational applies to poultry, where
naturally grazed birds produce the best Fat.
This is unfortunately a difficult, and can be an expensive process. Up to 90% of the Meat and Fat in South Africa, is
supplied by farms producing feedlot raised animals.
When looking at man made Fats, the key ones to avoid are the Omega 6 polyunsaturated. The likes of margarine and
vegetable oil labeled Fats, are the big culprits. These are known to be bad for your health, and should thus be