FAT is 1 of the 3 major macro-nutrients, in addition to carbohydrates and proteins. Fat provides many benefits. The first being brain function… Since the brain is made up of 60% fat, EATING fat helps contribute to our cognition, thoughts, and focus. Secondly, fat helps turn off our craving centers & helps curb our appetite so we feel less hungry. Another benefit is that fat is super nutrient dense, so when you increase your fat intake (and are still physically active), consuming fat can help speed up your metabolism to burn more fat and calories. Lastly, fat helps boost our immune system and keeps our skin healthy!
Some examples of HEALTHY fat include: nuts / seeds / avocado / coconut / nut milks, butters, cheeses / butter / ghee / salmon / red meat
Let’s face it, FAT gets a bad rep. But in this blog post, I will try to enlighten you all on why we should NOT fear fat! It is so good for us and we should all consume more of it (when done appropriately!)
Low-fat diets are superior – FALSE! Low-fat can lead to nutrient deficiencies; anything labeled “low-fat” is replaced with SUGAR… The saying: “Fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar makes you fat” is TRUE; eating fat instead of carbs helps burn more calories!
Saturated fats are bad for you – FALSE! Fats that are solid at room temperature clog arteries and lead to heart attack and stroke… this is also FALSE! There was a meta-analysis study that concluded how there is no relationship between heart attack, stroke, and saturated fat.
Best example of saturated fat is COCONUT. TRUTH to Saturated Fat:
Trans and saturated fats are similar – FALSE! Trans fats are formed from unnatural laboratory process, called hydrogenation (makes these fats more “shelf stable”); trans-fats are associated with inflammation/diabetes/obesity (not saturated fats!); they increase LDL (bad cholesterol) and decreases HDL (good cholesterol); ie, fried foods, packaged foods, baked goods
Processed vegetable oils are good for you – FALSE! Most of these are polyunsaturated fats (omega-6 fatty acids), which are fragile and damaged by oxygen and heat. They are NOT good to cook with!! Some examples of these include: sunflower / safflower / canola / soybean / corn oil (found in chips, crackers, dressings); omega-6 are inflammatory to the body… omega-3 are anti-inflammatory, so make sure to keep 1:1 ratio of omega 3:6 for a balance!
Cholesterol is bad for you – FALSE! Cholesterol is a waxy fat-like substance in bloodstream. It produces bile which helps digest fats; it also helps with vitamin D synthesis. Cholesterol is essential for body... eggs (yolk) get bad rep, eat the whole egg, not just whites especially not out of the carton. Furthermore, it is not just about TOTAL cholesterol… need to look at LDL (bad) and HDL (good) to get the whole picture (ie, if you have a lot of HDL cholesterol, which makes total cholesterol go up, that is OKAY!)