Are you afraid of fats? If so, you’re not alone. Fat has been vilified in America since the low fat diet craze in the 90’s. Remember Snackwell products? Or the flood of any fat free, low fat dessert treat on store shelves? I do. I was an avid Snackwell eater, despite all the GI distress that came with. It was zero fat, so it must be good for me right? Boy, glad those days are over. And my gut is grateful too. But, over the past few decades, studies have shown that eating fat will make you fat is one of the biggest nutrition lies that we’ve been told.
WHAT WE KNOW:
1. Low and no fat products have added chemicals making it worse for us, even being linked to increase risk of heart disease and other illnesses.
2. Plenty of high-fat foods are perfectly healthy. However, fat is still more calorie dense than either carbs or protein, so it can have mixed effects on weight loss.
3. The type of fat matters, since saturated fats are linked to more risks of heart disease and other illnesses than unsaturated fat.
4. Experts still recommend a balance of fat, protein, and carbs for an optimal diet.
WHAT FAT SHOULD WE EAT THEN?
Watch my video below for an in-depth look at the 11 healthy fats you should include in your eating pattern.
2. Extra virgin olive oil
3. Coconut oil
4. MCT oil
5. Butter and Ghee
6. Nuts and Seeds
7. Full fat dairy
8. Omega 3s
10. Grass fed organic beef
11. Dark chocolate