The Skinny On Fat
With so much conflicting information floating around, no wonder nutrition can be so confusing. I feel like the top concern of my clients on the daily is… fat will make me fat!!! Today I will address the skinny on fat, and I’ll get into much greater detail on this and other topics on my blog and Instagram story.
All fats are not created equal, my friends. While calorically that might be the case (there are 9 calories in every gram of fat) Fat has received a bad name because of Saturated and Trans Fats.
The majority of naturally occurring saturated fats come largely from animal sources, including meat and dairy products. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should spit out that bite of steak you just took… it means cutting back to once a week would be ideal. Everything in moderation, folks. I’d also like to talk about the quality and source of your animal products, but we’re strapped for time, again, check out my blog. Trans fats, another villain… are literally creating inflammation and toxins in your body, these are your fried foods and all “hydrogenated oils” found on the labels of almost all packaged foods. These are the fats that will make you fat, increase bad cholesterol and reduce the good; leading to obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and mega inflammation.
Now on to the stars of the show, the reason we are all here. The healthy Polyunsaturated + Monounsaturated fats, including walnuts, safflower oil, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, Tofu, chickpeas, wild caught salmon, Butter, Eggs, Millet, olive oil, Nuts, avocado, peanut oil, sesame oil not only get the thumbs up on the “not bad for you” list, they can aid in the prevention of breast cancer + heart disease, reduce cholesterol levels, and even helps in weight loss.
That’s right I said it, fat will not only not make you fat but will aid in weight loss.
Eating foods with fat is definitely part of a balanced, healthy diet. Just consider selecting foods that deliver healthy fats + balance the quantity of calories you eat, with the ones you burn. Michael Pollen says “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants” This is advice is as simple as it gets and easy to follow. Make it's your goal to eat in a unique nutritional pattern that highlights the consumption of a wide variety of foods. And… Unless there’s a very specific purpose, most humans have no reason to eliminate entire macronutrient categories, including fat. Eat fat you guys!
Author Ginger Hebert
Holistic Nutritionist and Skincare magician