So what have you heard about fats? Fat is an essential nutrient for the whole body, especially brain health, hormones, vitamin absorption, reducing inflammation, metabolism and so on! However, there is so much different and conflicting advice around, about which fats are good, which ones you should avoid, is cholesterol good or bad, and which ones are ok to cook with. Especially how fat has been demonised for the last 60 years due to unsubstantiated evidence, it’s not surprising the uncertainty there is around the subject.
Can you remember low fat diets? It seems crazy now with all we know about fat. For a start, the brain is made up of around 60% fat, every cell in the body is surrounded by a membrane which is made out of fat. It also makes up the structural components of hormones and other important substances within the body, and these are just a few of its importance within the human body.
The reports that eating saturated fat causes heart disease has absolutely no evidence. While some research shows that reducing saturated fat in the diet also reduces cholesterol, this is the HDL, the ‘good’ cholesterol. Avoiding saturated fat is now known to increase your risk of obesity and heart disease. You need fat for a healthy body and mind! And the myth that fat makes you fat! Up to date research shows this is wrong. Obviously, too much of anything will make you fat but primarily sugar makes you fat, refined carbohydrates makes you fat! Furthermore, fat is needed for a healthy metabolism!
Eating fat also triggers hormones that tell your body it is full, and will fill you up and keep you fuller for longer. Refined carbohydrates and sugary foods don't do this, so it easy to overeat and feel hungry very shortly after eating.
Some good fats you should be eating and some of those to avoid;
The most important thing to remember with diet and that includes fat, is to just eat ‘real’ natural sources. Food found in the ground, the ocean and from animals from small local farms, who themselves eat natural food.