Many of us grew up believing that eating fat is the enemy, but that myth is quickly disintegrating as new studies prove otherwise.
New studies also show that eating fat might not even have as big an impact on cholesterol, heart diseases and diabetes as was originally thought.
That vegetable oils are good for us and saturated fats the enemy are becoming myths as research prove otherwise.
How can this be? Is it true? Have we been deceived for decades? Is fat the bad guy or not?
Science, like any field, is a process of trial and error. As technology improves and methods change, we can now get to the bottom of this big question: is fat good or bad for you?
Most diets are high-carb or high-sugar and no fat diets, which actually reduce insulin resistance and increase problems that could lead to obesity, diabetes and more.
Good fat and bad fat
There are some fats that are unhealthy and some that have been proven to reduce the risk of certain diseases and actually fight fat build-up in the body.
Vitamins such as A, D and E are needed to assist the body’s nervous system, and some fats can help the body to absorb these vitamins.
Fat is quickly becoming known as the body’s building blocks for a healthy, energetic and more toned body. The average person already has about 15 to 30 % fat in their bodies, so why would you want to add to that? You need fat for your body to function as it should!
The right kind of fats should now be seen as your friend and not your enemy! Knowing the difference between poly and saturated fat—the bad from the good—is the key.
What fat should you then use? Foods to eat that contain healthy oils include: avocado, eggs, raw nuts, coconut, olives, flaxseed and all grass fed meats.
Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seed, and sesame seeds are also filled with healthy fats.
These fats are not only unhealthy but they break down the good fats in your body and is called trans fats. They are generated by a process called hydrogenation. This process takes the good fats and distorts them.
So, where can you find these fats? In most foods actually, such as vegetable oils, pre-packed snack foods, margarine, pre-mixes and commercially baked goods.
Among these are: cake mix, microwave popcorn, crackers, breads and buns, chocolate and candy and vegetable shortening. These are only some of the foods that contain trans fats. Before buying food, read the labels to see what it contains.
Benefits of cholesterol
The human body needs cholesterol for many critical functions. It is needed to normalize protein pathways, build up cells and much more. With the reduction of cholesterol, you are actually placing your body in danger.
Yes, too high levels of cholesterol are also harmful, which is why a good balance is needed for a healthy life.
With too little cholesterol in your body, you could be heading for heart disease, poor brain health, unbalanced hormone levels and diseases.
A truly healthy diet
You should always try to buy fresh meat and vegetables. However, some vegetables and fruit should only be consumed in moderation as they contain high amounts of sugar, which are also not all that healthy.
What does a healthy diet look like? Let’s have a look at some foods to include and exclude from your daily life.
Foods to Eliminate
- All processed foods
- Highly allergenic foods
- Foods high in gluten
- Artificial sweeteners and sugars
- Vegetable fats
Foods to Include
- Organic / grass fed meats
- Fresh vegetables (lots of green veggies)
- Fish oils and natural fats
- Cheeses, eggs and nuts
- Almond or coconut flour
- Fruit in moderation
- Natural sugars
Sugar is evil
Fat has actually been blamed for many years for the evil deeds that have been done by sugar. Scientists are only now realizing that many problems that were blamed on fats are, in fact, caused by sugar.
Sugar has now been identified as the culprit for causing high blood pressure, heart disease, liver dysfunction and more.
Healthy eating fat facts
Saturated and unsaturated fat is needed by the human body to function properly. These must, however, come from plant and animal sources and whole foods. Here are some reasons why this is important.
Healthy fats assist with the following:
- absorbing minerals;
- carrying vitamins;
- lowering cholesterol to a desired level;
- providing fuel for the mind;
- stabilizing hormones; and
- building blocks for cells.
What your body needs
More natural and healthy fats and less carbs are what you require. Consuming too many carbs in grains, sugars, processed foods and such is the way to an unhealthy life.
Yet, by consuming more natural and healthy fats, while lowering your carb intake, you will be on your way to a long, healthy life. Protein is also good for you, but without healthy fat sources, it can lead to the same problems as a high-carb diet.
A high-fat diet is healthy
Your body and mind will benefit from a high-fat diet as long as you are getting the right fats. You can still eat fatty foods such as pizza, pies and burgers if you use the right ingredients! Eating fat does not make you fat, and that is a fact proven by scientists across the world.
Science has been wrong before but many people, nutritionists and even doctors are seeing the difference and they can’t all be wrong, can they? Share your thought with us on this fatty topic.