Happy Monday! I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. I spent time baking some healthy-fat filled desserts, which brought me to want to talk alll about dietary fats!
There is a lot of controversy on this topic. Most people think that by eating fats, they will get fat, or their cholesterol levels will rise. But that is not exactly the case. You see, not all fats are created equal.
Heavily processed “trans” fats used in prepared and packaged foods can be extremely damaging to the body. They can compromise the cardiovascular system and immune system. They can also lead to weight gain, skin breakouts, high blood pressure, and even liver strain.
Some of these bad, unhealthy dietary fats include: vegetable oils like soy, canola, corn, hydrogenated fat. All of these can be found in foods such as pizza, cupcakes/cookies/donuts, microwaveable popcorn, and fried foods.
That said, our bodies and brain need fat to survive. High-quality fats can steady our metabolism, keep hormone levels balanced, nourish our skin, hair, and nails, and keep the body functioning fluidly.
So, where can you find the good, healthy fats?
Avocados, olives, and coconuts are great sources of healthy fat, along with wild salmon and other cold water fish, omega-3 rich organic eggs. Whole nuts and seeds, and their butters, like my two favorites - almond butter and tahini - are all great sources. Walnuts, seeds (pumpkin, sesame, chia, hemp), and coconut butter.
When shopping, look for the highest-quality organic oils. Words to look for when shopping for oils: organic, cold-pressed, extra-virgin, and unrefined. A few of my favorites are olive oil, flaxseed oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, & toasted sesame oil. Avoid expeller-pressed & refined oils such as canola and soybean.
If you want help learning how to choose and use nutritious fats and other good-for-you foods, schedule an initial complimentary consultation with me today—or pass this offer on to someone you care about!
I hope you have a happy and heathy [fat] rest of your week!