Eat fat, get fat, right? This is what the general population has believed for decades, as advised by leading health professionals. We were told to consume low-fat or fat-free cheese and yogurt, skip the red meat, and to cook with as little fat as possible. This not only made our meals bland and unsatisfying, but also set us up for overeating, nutrient deficiencies, and wasn’t helping our hearts and arteries as much as we thought it would.
Not only should we stop avoiding fats in our diet, but it is important to make sure that we are consuming it regularly for optimal health! So, grab a handful of nuts, slice up some avocado, and slather on the (grass-fed organic) butter and enjoy, because here’s why you can eat your fat and lose it, too!
- Fat is satiating, meaning that we can eat less because we feel fuller quicker and for longer.
- Using coconut oil instead of most cooking oils is a smart choice because it has a higher smoke point. Also, coconut oil’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism.
- “Certain fats, like egg yolks, palm oil, extra virgin olive oil, cod liver oil, and grass-fed butter, are some of the most nutritious foods in existence. And without fat in your meals, you often won’t absorb all the nutrients that are present in other foods like leafy greens since many of them require fat for full absorption.” (Source: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/high-fat-diet-healthy-safe/#ixzz2rFu3WACr)
- You need to consume fat in order for your liver to release fat. (Eat fat to burn fat!)
- Saturated fats are necessary for absorption of certain vitamins, calcium uptake, immune function, maintenance of skin and hair, and cell membrane structure.
- Monounsaturated fats are also typically high in vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin most Americans need more of.
So, how should you add more fat into your diet to improve your health? Look for natural foods that contain fat, such as avocados, nuts, and full-fat dairy. Also, try using oils such as coconut and extra virgin olive instead of your vegetable oil, and swap out margarine for real, grass-fed, organic butter.