Say it with me now, fat is GOOD! Fat is yummy! Fat is healthy! If you were around for the 80s and 90s then you may have been apart of the Non-Fat / Low Fat craze.
Everything was non fat and low fat. The motto back then was ‘fat makes you fat’ and now in 2017, we know that’s far from true. If anything, fat is 100% necessary and has become the new KALE of the health industry.
Nutrition and the big food conglomerates LOVE a good fad, heck they make tons of money from scare tactics, trendy ideas and crash diets.
But let’s talk about fat a little more shall we? What kind of fat is good? What’s the difference between the types of fat?
Here’s a quick, easy to remember fat guide and healthy fat list the next time you’re out grocery shopping or ordering food.
With our brains NEEDING healthy fats to function, let’s continue to make fat cool. Fat misses you and I bet you miss it too.
Let’s break down fat into layman terms as best we can.
The good kind include unsaturated fat with two sub-category of fats; mono-saturated fat and poly-saturated fat. Poly-saturated fat also includes Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
The good kind are naturally occurring in whole foods (foods found in nature) like animals, vegetation, seeds, nuts, fish, and fruit (avocado and more specifically single seed berry).
The NOT so good kind includes some saturated fats and trans-fats. I say SOME saturated fats because I still believe there’s research to be done and explored on foods like milk, butter and cheese that has not been tainted by food regulations, money hungry companies and bought opinions. When you hear trans-fats just think ‘processed food’. That’s the easiest way to remember it. Or think of fried foods like french fries (sad, I know).
Trans-fat are created in an industrial process (which makes it an artificial trans fat) that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid. Imagine cookies, cake, pizza, etc. There are SOME small traces of natural trans-fat in food like butter and beef, but in my opinion, not enough to be harmful or ‘bad’.
Bio-individuality is key when it comes to your health and nutrition. One person’s fuel can be another person’s kryptonite. Start experimenting with your diet and record how you feel.
It’s pretty obvious why dietary lifestyles like Whole 30, Paleo, Keto, Mediterranean and some vegan/vegetarian lifestyles are ideal.
While I don’t think carbs or fat are bad and should be omitted to an extreme, it’s certainly not a one size fits all. There are good carbs, and bad carbs; good fats and bad fats.
Educating yourself on these topics may seem tedious to some, and even boring, but for myself, I find it amazing how we have the key to unlock personal well being.
Hopefully this blog post was helpful and will be a resource for you when you need it.
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Until next time! <3 XO
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