The Skinny on Good Fats

Here’s the deal… for YEARS we were told that fat is bad for us and causes us put on weight and that we should be choosing low-fat foods. However, research now shows how important good fats are for our bodies and that those low-fat foods are usually overly processed and packed full of sugar to compensate for the taste! It’s all just so confusing and contradictory!

What we know now is that healthy fats (ie. monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats) help you absorb vitamins and nutrients, give you energy and are vital for the nervous system. The issue is that we have forgotten which fats are good for us, and which ones are bad.

So what are some examples of healthy fats??

Avocado

– raises levels of GOOD cholesterol

– boosts immunity with high levels of vitamin E

– full of protein and folate which will make you feel more full for longer and give you sustained energy

Butter

– Always reach for the one that is grass fed or from organic sources

– Has omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids which help with brain function and skin health

– powerful antioxidant properties

– great for digestion

Eggs

– EAT ALL OF IT!! For so long people have said that the egg yolk is full of cholesterol. This inexpensive food actually reduces cholesterol and is chock full of nutrients.

– Always eat free range – not just because of the animal cruelty aspect but also because these eggs tend to have more vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and less likely to contain bacteria


Fish

– Omega-3! The human body cannot produce this fatty acid on it’s own, so we need to get these from our food. Omega 3 reduces mental conditions such as depression and anxiety, increases heart, eye and brain health, fights inflammation and autoimmune diseases and SO much more!

– Salmon, Tuna, Trout and Sardines are all the best sources of Omega-3

Extra Virgin Olive oil

– Boosts heart health, memory and cognitive function

– High levels on antioxidants and has cancer fighting properties

– increases levels on serotonin


Dark Chocolate (in moderation)

– Research suggests around 3 blocks of 85%+ dark chocolate is the optimal serving size per day
– Pure dark chocolate is chock full of fibre, vitamins A, B, and E, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and flavonoids (plant-based antioxidants).

Full fat natural yoghurt (non flavoured)

– If you are able to eat full fat dairy (ie. you do not have dairy/lactose intolerances) you should definitely be eating more of this delicious snack!
– Natural and unflavoured yoghurt is full of omega-3, protein, vitamins and most importantly probiotics which is essential for gut health

– The probiotics in yoghurt helps tummy issues like IBS, constipation and diarrhoea

– Yoghurt also improves your immune system and regulates your mood.

In Conclusion

Obviously, as it is with all food, it’s all about moderation. If you eat anything in excess your body will react, whether that’s with weight gain or in other health issues. It is important to balance your diet with what works for your body but these foods have been villainised in the past when they really should not have been! The fact is that fats are an important part of a healthy diet: They deliver fat-soluble vitamins, provide essential fatty acids, keep our skin soft, and are a great source of fuel for the body.

Written by Bec Hartley – Digital Marketing Assistant

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