Christine is a nutritionist and best selling author of The Fat Revolution and The Fat Revolution Cookbook, with a catch cry of Bring Back the Fat, Christine has been working hard to dispel the myths around saturated fats.
I’ve invited Christine on to have a chat with us, because natural fats are vital for nourishing our skin from within.
Fat and cholesterol make up a massive proportion of our cell membranes. They strengthen our skin cells against the effects of oxidation and inflammation and a Japanese study found that women who consumed more saturated fat had significantly less wrinkles.
So I don’t want you to miss out on the benefits of natural fats for your skin by fearing fat!
I talk with Christine about:
- Where the fat phobia came from?
- We actually ate loads of fat before the 1900’s
- Our diets changed in the early 1900’s – we started eating less fat and more sugar and vegetable oils
- In 1926 we had the first documented case of a heart attack
- The lack of evidence for saturated fats in the
- By the 1980’s low fat diets were really popular and were supposed to make us slim and protect us from heart disease
- The result is we got fatter and rates of heart disease continued to rise
- What kinds of problems does a low fat diet cause for us?
- We need natural fats for our hormones, good organ function, our mental health – for good serotonin levels, for our general health and our skin
- Our cells membranes are made up of around 50% saturated fats, so saturated fats are necessary for healthy cells
- Vegetable oils and margarines contain damaged fats (trans fats and oxidised omega 6’s) that can damage our cells, including the cells in our skin
- Trans fats accelerate aging and organ damage
- The benefits of natural fats to slow the signs of aging and wrinkles
- The myth of drinking lots of water to hydrate cells
- Cell hydration has got more to do with the strength of your cell membranes
- If we don’t eat enough fat then our cell membranes become weak and don’t retain as much water
- Sugar and carbohydrates have replaced fats in our diets which increases acidity and reduces our ability to regenerate collagen
- What effect can fats have on our skin and skin inflammation?
- Less fat, more sugar and refined carbohydrates have changed our gut bacteria and have lead to an increase in skin issues
- We have to lose the fear of fat and real foods like: Eggs, butter, coconut oil, grass fed fats
- What does Christine typically eat in a day?
- People will often notice the difference in their skin when eating a higher fat diet, “plumping” up and smoothing out fine lines
- Low fat dieters age faster on the inside and the outside
- Christine tries to avoid scrubbing the oils off the surface of her skin
- You need cholesterol in your skin to convert sunlight and produce Vitamin D
- You do not want to have the squeaky clean feeling on your skin
- Christine loves her Ecology Cream!
- Christine Cronau on Facebook
- Chrisitne’s website: christinecronau.com
- The Fat Revolution
- [Video] Low Carb Down Under: Christine on “Why Saturated Fat is Good for Us”
- [Podcast] The Primal Shift: Wrap up from the Changing the Way we Eat Conference, including a chat with Christine on the myths around saturated fats