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March 2020
Fats and Oils
In recent decades many health experts have challenged the conventional wisdom of dietary fats. Long standing ideas about which fats are good and which ones are bad have drastically changed. We've also been told that any fat at all is a major contributor to most chronic diseases. Remember the low-fat/fat-free diet fad of the 90s? What is the truth, and what do we need to know to be able to choose the best fat or oil for good health?

It is really a matter of
traditional fats versus industrial fats/oils.
But, first, what is traditional and what is industrial?
Industrial Oils
Created in the last century or so
Oils that cannot be extracted in a kitchen or by hand or with simple (no-heat, pressing) measures. Extracted in huge factories with damaging high heat and solvents:
  • Corn Oil
  • Rapeseed/Canola Oil
  • Cottonseed Oil
  • Soybean Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Rice Bran Oil
  • Safflower Oil
Traditional Oils
Naturally used from the beginning
These oils and fats are easily removed from seeds or fruit by "cold pressing" or other gentle methods.
  • Olive oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut/MCT Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Flaxseed Oil
  • Butter
  • Ghee
  • Lard
  • Tallow
  • Fish Oils

-Make sure oils and fats from animals are 'grass-fed'.
Here's Why
It Matters
Industrial oils are extracted using
high heat or pressure. This process denatures fragile oils and they become rancid. Rancid oils greatly increase a dangerous number of free radicals in our bodies, and free radicals are responsible for things like inflammation
and chronic diseases. Sometimes to make the oils look appealing after this process, toxic chemicals are then added to the rancid oils to deodorize and re-color them, adding to the toxic load.

From beginning to end, the process to get these oils into a bottle destroys any beneficial antioxidants and introduces very worrisome free radicals and downright unhealthy chemicals. They also further destabilize at lower heats when cooked with so choose heat-stable fats to cook with. If you are working toward better health, consuming these oils and fats are like taking MANY steps backwards. If you have a health issue where inflammation is involved, you will be especially interested in the affect these oils have inside our bodies. AND...they are in a LOT of products, so become an avid label reader. Also, because these are cheaper oils, almost ALL restaurants use these oils in their kitchens so if you eat out a lot, beware!
To learn more about how these oils found their way into our food system, read this article:
In January 2020, researchers found that soybean oil can cause diabetes, anxiety and even Alzheimer's! Click the button below to read more.
Traditional Oils
On the other hand, traditional fats and oils are extracted without dangerous chemical solvents and damaging heat. They are safe and stable at high heats and contain MANY health benefits such as unique antioxidants that fight free radicals. They are full of essential fatty acids, omegas 3, 6 and 9 (in proper ratios for good health), and they support healthy cholesterol levels. Even better, these very nourishing fats possess valuable fat-soluble vitamins such as D3, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, to name a few. These fat choices are real step forward in health!

If your fat comes from animals and the animal is grass-fed, your fat will offer you a higher anti-inflammatory omegas, conjugated linoleic acid (an anti-cancer compound), and a high level of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals that are lacking in the Standard American Diet.
Sally Fallon Morell, one of the authors of the Nourishing Traditions books, has a blog full of healthful information. Among other things, she discusses the need for healthy animal fats in the diet–for everything from a good mood, to protection against cancer. Click below to start reading.
Products to Support Your Quest Towards Healthy Fats and Oils
At A Healthy Horizon we are committed to providing helpful information that improves health and wellness. Based on the principles of carefully sourcing health-promoting fats and oils, we are happy to offer the products below.
Extra Virgin
Olive Oil
Green Pasture
Cod Liver Oil
Wilderness Family Naturals Cold Pressed
Sesame Seed Oil
Organic Ghee
Wildly Organic
Coconut Oil
Now Protocol
These are just a few of the healthy fats and oils we have in the shop. Come take a look at the variety we offer!
Foods With Healthy Fats
It is always best to get our nutrients straight from our foods first. In addition to the above foods, to increase healthy fats and oils, eat nuts and seeds, wild-caught seafood, avocados, grass-fed eggs/meat, dark chocolate, etc. We have many of those things to choose from, here in the shop.
NOW Organic
Raw Almonds
Great King Sardines
2 Flavors
Nourishing Fats- Sally Fallon Morell
If you're interested in learning more about how healthy fats protect against disease and help our body make feel-good chemicals, check out this informative book. It has a great recipe section, too.
Recipes of the Month
Click on the pics to view the recipes of the month.
Healthy Mayonnaise
Made with nutritious avocado oil and
grass-fed eggs.
Butter Bombs
Filled with healthy fats, these hit the
spot when cravings hit!
This Month's Sample
March Product Specials
Enjoy 10% off of the following
products this month.
All Canned Seafood
Come see our Life Seasons line! Natural supplements for everyday health concerns. Life Seasons believes that in nature, we have all the tools we need to nourish and restore our health. They offer specialized combinations for specific needs. From blood pressure, anxiety or blood sugar many more!
All Books and DVDs on Clearance!
$5 each while supplies last!!
**Nourishing Traditions and Wild Fermentation
not included in the sale**
Don't Forget!!!
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In good health and love,
Brittany, Cecilia, Donna, Jaedon, Jamie,
Melissa & Polly