Listen up low fat, no fat, ‘I just wanna look phat’ dieters
Fats will not make you fat! Not today, not tomorrow, and definitely not yesterday. I know it might sound like ground breaking news and you might not be able to control your excitement so I’ll break it down for you.
Fats, or lipids, are one of the three essential nutrients our bodies NEED for just about everything. They contain a higher calorie per gram ratio (9 cals/gram) compared to protein and carbohydrate and for some, thats interpreted as a bad thing. And for some, that just means more energy – which is a great thing.
Like anything, there’s the good, the bad and the ugly. Our food industry has made it possible to fortify fats into just about everything. That’s the ugly, the notorious ‘Trans Fat.’ Its used to keep foods from going rancid-that word just sounds gross. So why in the world should we put that in our bodies?! Oh right, we shouldn’t.
Now that we have that bad guy out of the way, lets talk healthy fats. Saturated fats are found in things such as red meat, cheese, and milk. Our bodies need these fats for maintaining a healthy heart and body. Diets recommend cutting out any or all of these foods typically because they contain a higher fat/lean percentage but that also means cutting out essential vitamins and minerals. We all know that too much of a good thing can become a bad thing so don’t go too cray on the cheese plate.
The really good guys – Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats. Found in things such nuts, seeds, fish and oils, monounsaturated fats are directly correlated to reducing your risk of heart disease. Can’t beat that. Polyunsaturated fats are actually essential to the body and how it functions BUT your body doesn’t make them so you MUST eat them!
Healthful Tip: When you hear people talk about eggs containing cholesterol, thats correct and it’s GOOD cholesterol! High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) = Good cholesterol/ Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL)= Bad cholesterol. Don’t skip the eggs.
Our ‘Big Fat’ Grocery List: Avocados, Almonds, Cashews, Olive Oil, Nut Butters, Eggs, Salmon, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Hummus, and even Bacon.
Cutting out any single nutrient is going to throw off your metabolism and steer you away from where you want to be. Your body needs what it needs – protein, carbs, and fat each do their job in their own, perfect way.