We were once told that fats can do more harm than good and once deemed as an enemy to our diet. However, recent studies are showing that SOME fats are amazing for our health.
There are two main types of fats, saturated and unsaturated.
-Unsaturated fats are oil based fats and are usually runny at room temperature.
-On the other hand saturated fats are solid at room temperatures and are commonly found in animal based foods and dairy.
So which one is good for the body? Unsaturated fats of course! and doctors are pretty much in agreement that eating foods loaded with saturated fats, such as butter, red meat and pork, can cause heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
What are some of the benefits of consuming good fats?
1. Lowers heart disease and cholesterol levels
Recent studies have that consuming healthy fats (unsaturated) can reduce some risk factors for heart disease. There has been evidence also showing that high intake in monounsaturated fats can help reduce blood cholesterol levels.
2. Absorption of Vitamins
Another important benefit that fat has is that it allows the absorption of certain vitamins into our body. There are water soluble and fat soluble vitamins. Fat soluble vitamins, without the aid of fats it cannot readily be absorbed into our body. Vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E and K are all fat soluble and all have different function for the body.
3. Increase Muscle Mass
Healthy fats also has been linked to increase in muscle mass. Intake in healthy fats has been linked to good hormone balance and increased recovery after an intense workout.
4. Improves brain function
Research finds that “good” fat (mono-unsaturated fat) is associated with better overall cognitive function and memory and saturated fat is associated with worse overall cognitive function and memory over time.
Where can we get these healthy fats from exactly?
-Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts etc
-Extra virgin Coconut oil
-Extra virgin Olive oil
Fats to stay away from
-Dairy products such as milk, cream, cheese, butter, ghee
-Pork, Bacon or Ham
Despite popular belief that these products are healthy for us to consume, they are all extremely high in cholesterol and hugely contribute to heart disease, cancer and diabetes (the 3 tops killers all over the world). With the restriction of these products in ones diet researchers and medical experts have been able to reverse the most severe cases of heart disease, diabetes and cancers.