Fat has received a pretty bad wrap in recent years with low-fat varieties of every day food essentials becoming the norm. However over the last few years – with the caveman style of eating coming in trend – research has shown that low-fat could actually be doing more harm than good.
If we look back in time, way back when we humans were evolving into more sophisticated beings, evidence shows that once man began eating meat, the human brain began to grow. When animal meats - with its fatty components - were a regular food source, it left more glucose (carbohydrates) available for the brain to develop, thus allowing our ancestors to get smart.
And fatty acids are crucial for functioning brain performance.
Today we know that Omega-3s are in particular a necessity for proper brain development. That's your oily fish, your nuts and seeds, your oils and your avocados. The good fats as they have come to be known.
We also know that fat is necessary for many human function’s; digestion, the transport of nutrients around the body, hormone construction and energy production. Every movement, both voluntary and involuntary, is fired off from an axon in the brain that requires fat to stimulate it.
But as with all things in life, there are good and there are the bad.
The Good = Unsaturated Fats + Monounsaturated Fats + Polyunsaturated + Omega 3 Fatty Acids
These are your olive oils, olives, almonds, cashews, peanuts, peanut butter, sesame seeds and avocados, salmon, mackerel, flax seed, walnuts and butter.
The Bad =Trans Fats
Margarine, doughnuts, French fries, cakes, cookies…basically anything processed.
Here are my suggestions when trying to get some more good fat into your diet…
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