This almost seems like an oxymoron to those of us who grew up in the 90’s and early millennium. Everything in the grocery store has been labeled “low-fat” for the majority of our lives, making us believe that it’s healthier. But is it?
Absolutely not. Fats are not only good for you, but essential for you. Firstly, saturated fat: it’s the fat most commonly hated on, drug through the mud, and criticized by diet plans and “health” experts all over America. But it’s necessary! Did you know that half of the cells’ membranes in your body are made of saturated fats? So replenish your cells! Help strengthen them. And don’t get confused by trans fats, because those are the real bad guys. They destabilize the saturated fats in your cell walls and make it difficult or impossible for certain cells to accept nutrients and impossible for them to excrete toxins. Also polyunsaturated fats are vital to your body because it cannot make them on its own. Your body has to receive it from your diet. So feed it already! This leads to the next point…
The “good kind” of fat. I do and don’t like this phrase. I do, because when you get down to it, it’s true. There is good and bad fat. But truly, if you are eating whole foods – food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances – then there is no such thing as “bad fat.” Eat real food and you will naturally get “good fat.” It really is as simple as that.
However, I will clarify which foods are high these fats.
- Butter and meat: who knew? Both are high in saturated fats that your body needs! The idea that butter is bad for you is a myth. You can do your own research; I will not write an entire blog about butter, but trust me. Butter is OK. Just don’t go and an entire block of it, alright? It’s far more than your body needs or can even handle, despite what Paula Deen says.
- Nuts and seeds
- Safflower oil
- Fatty fish
These last three are all examples of polyunsaturated fats that you must make sure to eat regularly. Believe it or not, it will also help you lose weight! Don’t believe me? Read this article on the science behind it.