Newsflash. It's 2016 and the fun-loving, well-educated people of 'science', have deemed it true that FATS DON'T MAKE YOU FAT.
Let the good times roll.
Before we all race out the door and head to 'Macca's' (Australian term for the popular fast food chain McDonald's); let me point out a few key things:
Not all fats are created equal; naturally, we want to be eating more of the good ones. Mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats are the good ones.
Some examples of mono-unsaturated fats are avocados, nuts & seeds; these were found to be high in a traditional Mediterranean diet, correlating with lowered rates of heart disease.
No doubt you've heard all about omega 3's & 6's. These are essential fats, meaning your body needs them to function effectively, and you need to get them from your diet. They're found in flaxseeds, salmon, mackerel, and walnuts. They also appear to be protective against heart disease.
Eat fat, avoid heart disease.
Mono-unsaturated fatty acids have been shown to help you lose weight. Heck yes.
By replacing the bad fats in your diet with 'good' fats, you can actually lose those last few kg's; thereby debunking the 'a calorie is a calorie' myth that's been circulating since the 80's.
Fat keeps you full. Carbohydrates and protein provide us with roughly 4 calories per gram, while fat provides us with 9 and takes considerably longer to be broken down.
So, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter is going to keep you fuller than 1 slice of apple which will be digested in a matter of minutes and spike your blood sugar. In the long run, by replacing carbohydrate based snacks with good fats, you tend to eat less and lose weight.
What is bad that was previously considered 'good for you', is hydrogenated vegetable oils.
This is due to the pressure used to turn solid fat into liquid oil causing bonds in the structure to change from cis to trans bonds. Our bodies don't know what to do with man-made trans bonds, they freak out a little, inflammation occurs, and we end up with cholesterol problems.
Look for the words 'hydrogenated' or 'partially hydrogenated'...and avoid these items.
Goodbye margarine...hello butter.
Vitamins A, D, E & K are all fat soluble, meaning without adequate fat in your system, there is nothing for them to absorb into, thereby not being transported around your body to where they're needed. Seem unimportant? Well, they're crucial for your bones, blood health, eyesight, and most of all - they're anti-ageing.
Pass the avo.