The Skinny on Fats*
Avoiding all fats can be detrimental to your health. Not all fats are bad for you. In fact, some are necessary for your health.
Dietary fat, alongside carbohydrates and protein, are known as macro-nutrients, providing energy and organ support. It also supports body functions such as your cells’ energy supply, protective layers for nerves and organs, and the brain’s structural component.
Sounds pretty important? Well it is.
Below are some delicious fats that won’t take away your skinny, and may help you live longer and avoid health problems.
These are fats you can take to heart, literally!
Coconut Oil is a true superfood. Superfoods are defined as being low in calories and rich in dietary nutrients.
Coconut oil’s distinctive combination of fatty acids produce positive effects on health, including heart health.
I know what you are thinking: How can “fat” be good for the heart?
Because coconut oil contains nearly 50% Lauric Acid, which helps to prevent high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
Coconut Oil contains 90% saturated fats. Now, remember – we’re talking about good fat here.
The saturated fats in coconut oil are not the fats commonly found in vegetable oils. Coconut oil will not increase LDL cholesterol levels. It fact, this amazing superfood can actually reduce artery damage, preventing atherosclerosis!
Coconut oil is conducive to weight loss. (Medium-chain fatty acids aid in taking off excessive weight.) It is digested easily, and supports healthy function of the thyroid and endocrine system.
If those aren’t good enough reasons to make friends with coconut oil, check this out: It even augments the body’s metabolic rate by alleviating stress from the pancreas! As a result, coconut oil helps you burn more energy, thus shedding unwanted pounds.
Still need convincing? Look at tropical populations where coconuts are indigenous. These people, who use coconut oil as their cooking oil and in food preparation—daily mind you—are not overweight or obese.
Those Awesome Omegas
Omega-6 fatty acids are important cell membrane mechanisms, and are forerunners to many other body substances, including those that regulate inflammatory responses and blood pressure.
Nutritionists refer to Omega-6 fatty acids as “the essential fats” for good reasons. The human body needs omega-6 fatty acids to build healthy cells and maintain brain and nerve function. Since our bodies do not produce them, our only source for omega-6 is the food we eat!
Omega-6 fats are significant because of rising evidence that they help lower heart disease risk, and may also help guard against Alzheimer’s disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Omega-6 is derived from plant oils like Soybean oil, Corn oil, and Sunflower oil. Nuts and seeds such as Almond, Flax, Macadamia and Chia are also an excellent source.
An easy way to incorporate this awesome omega into your diet is by eating a half a handful of nuts each day. This amount is calorie-friendly and will pay your body back in many rich and wonderful ways.
Omega-7 supplements are extracted from fish and are said to be a key preventer of heart disease. Omega-7 fatty acids can also be found in Macadamia nuts, Fish, and Buckthorn berries. (You can take a supplement instead of eating more nuts, buying fishing gear or foraging for buckthorn!)
Olive Oil - Always
Studies have shown that the antioxidants and fatty acids in olive oil indeed pack some prevailing health benefits. Among them is a reduced risk of heart disease.
You will be tempted by “light” olive oils in the market, but don’t go there! The best type of olive oil for health is extra virgin olive oil. It is 100% natural extremely high in those precious antioxidants your body needs.
You do not want lower-quality over-processed olive oils tainted with chemicals. Go pure and reap the benefits.
If it doesn’t say “Extra Virgin” on the label, leave it on the shelf.
Stay energized and help your body absorb the nutrients it needs to help maintain organs and nerves. Help dispel the myth that all fats are bad, and take good fat facts to heart.
Till next time