You might have heard it more than once...
Doesn’t eating fat make you fat?
This is one piece of misinformation that just won’t die; it simply gets resurrected in a slightly different form and billed as something new.
We were therefore urged to banish it from our diets whenever possible.
We switched to low-fat foods.
But the shift didn't make us healthier, probably because we cut back on healthy fats as well as harmful ones.
So why do we need Fat?
Fat is a dietary component vital to human growth and development.
It is an essential part of many physiological functions, including
Because your body can't make certain essential fatty acids, including linoleic and linolenic acid, it relies on your diet to provide them.
Fat is the most powerful food energy source, with 9 calories of energy in every gram of fat—more than twice as much energy as proteins or carbohydrates provide.
Because calories from carbohydrates are quickly burned—usually within the first 20 minutes of exercise—your body relies on its fat stores for energy.
Fat is necessary for many reasons
The Good, the Bad and the in Between
Monounsaturated fats are considered to be the healthiest kind. These fats come from natural foods like nuts, seeds, avocados and olives. This includes the cooking oils made from these foods like avocado oil, olive oil, macadamia and other healthy oils.
These kinds of fats are usually described as hybrids consisting of both monounsaturated and saturated fats.
Polyunsaturated fats can be found in fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel.
There is no disagreement about how unhealthy and dangerous consuming Trans fats is. They are the most artificial of all fats and can be found in many processed oils. Because oils with Trans fats are easier and faster to cook with, many fast food outlets use it to prepare food.
Although this fat is found naturally in some foods, most of it is manufactured by partially hydrogenating oils and then adding these oils to foods.
Most people wonder why food producers are even allowed to use trans fats given their effects on health. The reason why the fats are used is because they have a longer shelf life. In other words, processed foods with this fat last longer and its cooking oil can be used repeatedly without changing it.
These are perhaps some of the most talked about kinds of fats in the nutrition world.
Saturated fat has been demonized mainly because most sources are also high in cholesterol, the waxy stuff that can build up in your arteries. All cholesterol is not the same, though - there's a distinction between 'good' high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and 'bad' low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
Saturated fats can be found in meat and dairy products such as cheese, butter and milk
The best way to consume saturated fats is by:
At Paleo Robbie, we offer everything from grass fed meat raised on lush grounds to many kinds of healthy cooking oils, including avocado oil and extra virgin olive oil.