Fat gets a bad rap – unjustifiably so.
(We blame the media and processed food manufacturers!)
Contrary to popular belief, consuming the right kinds of fats in sufficient quantities might be one of the top considerations when looking to optimise your health. Fat does not make you fat and its key to just about every bodily function. This applies especially to saturated fats.
We picked this article up from the Healthy Home Economist website (a very good resource for all things health and nutrition), which outlines some of the top fats you should include in your diet, when to use them an what role they play in health.
Follow the link to read the full article, but in brief the main points the articles makes are these:
- Fat is good for you.
- Every cell is made up of fat, and our brains are 60% fat.
- Eat butter, it’s good for you. And you should switch back to butter from processed spreads. (That, and it tastes better!)
- Coconut oil is THE fat. (My interpretation maybe!). Great for just about everything, especially cooking and boosting metabolism. A must for all of us.
- Olive oil is a good fat, but don’t cook with it – it turns it rancid. Save this for salad dressings and the like.
- Animal fats form part of a healthy diet. Use residual fat for stocks and baking; its healthier and tastes great. (Don’t forget your organ meats. Most people only eat muscle meat, and too much of it. Our views again!)
- Cod liver oil is one of the key five. (We’d argue not for everyone, but certainly in some cases, yes). We all need to get our omega 3 oils in.
Changing the perception of fat is one of the biggest challenges in helping us all get healthier and leaner.