NUTRITIONAL PILLAR 2: HIGH FIVE TO FAT
Fat has gotten such a bad rap over the years.
This fat free epidemic started in the 1980s with an attempt to make us all a little healthier by reducing the amount of saturated fats in our diets found in dairy, meat and processed foods. The food industry’s solution was to offer a replacement for animal fat in unsaturated vegetable oils. What we now know is that these oils actually increase trans fats. These man-made versions were being marketed as healthy and safe which means we were consuming more of them.
Here’s where it goes from bad to worse...
Manufacturers realized that in order to make these products have the right taste and texture, it was necessary to add sugar. This means these products not only have close to the same calorie count and trans fat content, but are also processed and full of carbs. THE EXACT THING WE WERE TRYING TO AVOID IN THE FIRST PLACE NOW BEAUTIFULLY AND DECEPTIVELY DISGUISED IN A “HEALTHY” PACKAGE.
Here's WHY some fats are good for us:
- Fat in your diet helps keep you full so, ultimately, you eat less.
- Fats supply more than just calories to our diets. Some fats provide essential fatty acids like omega-3s which help maintain healthy blood vessels and keep our hormones and nervous system in check.
- Our bodies are primed to absorb more of the fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K when we eat fat. Without these vitamins our immune system is compromised and our bodies are unable to heal themselves to the best of their ability.
- There’s evidence that may suggest the fat in our diets prevent cancer, preserves memory, reduces symptoms of ADD, ADHD and alleviated depression.
Here are the kinds of fat you should be eating:
- Get a mix of fat types from whole, unprocessed, high-quality foods. These include nuts, seeds (hemp, flax, and chia are especially nutritious), fish, seaweed, pasture-raised/grass-fed animals and eggs, olives, avocado, coconut, and cacao nibs.
- Use quality UN-SATURATED oils like walnut and pumpkin.
- Avoid industrially processed, artificially created and factory farmed foods (they contain unhealthy fats).
- Keep it simple. Don’t worry too much about exact percentages and grams
- When eating meat, fish or dairy make sure you are considering the source. These animals should be pasture-raised and hormone free. Limit your intake of them.
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