Isn’t fat bad for me?

Apr 19, 2018
Dietary fat: is it good or bad?
Both. You see, not all fats are created equal.

The Skinny on Fats

Heavily processed, hydrogenated “trans” fats used in prepared, packaged foods can be extremely damaging to the body. They can compromise the cardiovascular system, immune system, and contribute to behavior problems. They can also lead to weight gain, skin breakouts, high blood pressure, and liver strain.

That said, our bodies need fat for insulation, vitamin and mineral absorption, and to protect our organs. High-quality fats can steady our metabolism, keep hormone levels even, nourish our skin, hair, and nails, and provide lubrication to keep the body functioning fluidly.

Where to Find Healthy Fats
  • Avocados, olives, and coconuts are great sources of healthy fat, along with wild salmon and omega-3 rich organic eggs.
  • Whole nuts and seeds, and their butters like almond butter or tahini.
  • Look for the highest-quality organic oils when shopping. Words to look for: organic, first-pressed, cold-pressed, extra-virgin, and unrefined. Avoid expeller-pressed, refined, and solvent extracted.
How to Use Healthy Fats:
  • For cooking at high temperatures (stir frying and baking), try butter, ghee (clarified butter), or coconut oil.
  • When sautéing foods, try organic extra virgin olive oil.
  • Oils like flaxseed, sesame, toasted sesame, walnut, and pumpkin seed are best used unheated in sauces or dressings.

To start eating healthy fats, try this delicious, easy recipe:
Avocado Dip
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Makes 1 cup

1 avocado, flesh scooped out
1 small clove garlic, finely diced
3 diced cherry tomatos
1/2 lime
sea salt and black pepper

  • Mash avocado with a fork until very smooth.
  • Add garlic, tomato and the juice from the lime. 
  • Blend until smooth with a fork.
  • Add sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste.
  • Serve on rice cakes or with mixed raw vegetables.
    Tip: Best made a maximum of 1 hour before serving.
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