There was a time when fat was our enemy. It was touted as the major cause of heart disease, a prelude to cancer, and the culprit for obesity. It made sense right? Too much fat in your diet would effect your overall health. It had to be stopped! And so it came to pass, the low fat diet and fat free foods were the new norm.
Well, fast forward about 50 years and we’ve discovered that not all fats are bad for you, in fact, the low fat, fat free foods that have been instilled into our diet are the things making us sick. Processed food like substances devoid of any healthy fat or nutrition rule the grocery aisles and are marketed to us as healthy, but that’s for another article. So how do we get more healthy fat into our diet?
First of all, what’s a healthy fat and what’s an unhealthy fat? Healthy fats are mono and polyunsaturated fats and saturated fats the occur naturally in animals and plants. Unhealthy fats are trans fats that are manufactured chemically and added to foods. There is also some debate on whether all saturated fats are healthy, but that thinking is changing.
Take a look at real food again. Clean meat, plant based foods, and even some dairy.
Here are some great foods to that add more saturated fat to your diet:
Organic grass fed beef- Red meat in moderation is fine. Enjoy a smaller piece and surround it with organic veggies and grains. Awesome!
Wild caught salmon-Salmon is full of omega 3 fatty acids which are essential to overall health.
Coconut Oil-Cook with it, put it on your body, there are numerous benefits of coconut oil. Some of my favorites, increased brain and memory function, good cholesterol and heart health.
Nuts and Seeds-Contain mono and polyunsaturated fats which are good for heart health and decrease inflammation.
Butter-I love this! Yep, it’s full of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins and antioxidants. If you have margarine at home throw it out and welcome butter back into your life.
There are other healthy fatty foods like avocados, raw cheese, natural lamb etc., so go for it!
The best of rule of thumb is to eat real food and avoid the processed food like products. Simple huh?
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Stay fatty my friends!