Alrighty guys, we talked about carbs. Now let’s talk about fats. You’re body needs good, healthy fats to function a lot more than it needs good, healthy carbs. I think it is very important to include both but if I had to pick I would say healthy fats are more important. I know what you’re thinking “but, Taylor, doesn’t fat make you fat?” That, my peeps, is a huge myth. Yes, eating too much fat or the wrong kinds will do this….but that is why I am hear to break it down for y’all.
In this post we are going to discuss the type of fat we should be eating. I’m sure you have all heard of Omega 3, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These are what we want to eat! These fats keep our hearts healthy by lowering bad cholesterol levels and raising good levels, they keep our brains functional and our hair, skin and nails shiny and glowing. You can give yourself a makeover just by what you eat!
Additionally, the Omega 3 fats can not be manufactured by our bodies, so it is important to include them in your diet. My recommendation for everyone is to include fish oil pills into your diet every single day, to ensure that you get some daily. I promise you, if you get the coated ones, you can’t taste them at all!
Omega 3 and unsaturated fats are found in things like:
Avocados, seeds nuts and natural nut butters (not the sugary ones like Jif!) extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, flax oil, peanut oil, fish oil etc.
It is also okay to eat fats from reduced fat dairy products, like cheeses, in smaller quantities. Dairy is natural and has protein but cheese is higher in saturated fat, which we want to avoid.
Saturated fats are generally derived from animals and are usually solid at room temperature. Some of you may be thinking “but coconut oil is a solid” Yes, that is true and there has been some debate on coconut oil. However, the health benefits outweigh the fact that it has some saturated fats. Anyway. Saturated fats are not heart healthy as they clog arteries and raise your bad cholesterol levels. These fats can be found in things like:
Cheese (which we discussed), butter, lard, and cream.
There are traces of saturated fats found in the list of the foods that contain Omega 3s and the unsaturated fats, but they are so small and the healthy fats outweigh them.
The last kind of fat that I want to talk about is trans fats. These fats are typically used to extend the shelf life of processed foods like cookies, muffins, and donuts. They also raise the bad cholesterol levels, while lowering your good levels.
Alrighty, now we have covered what fats to eat and what not to eat. Stay tuned for part 2 where we will discuss when is the optimal time to include them in your diet!