All About Healthy Fats

In the health world, there are a myriad of different opinions, perspectives, and stories. We’ve heard too often over the years that fat is the enemy… that it clogs our arteries and causes weight gain. However, is that really the case? Not necessarily!

 

Contrary to popular belief, healthy fats are an incredibly important part of a healthy, balanced diet. So yes, you can start using butter again? So, why?

 

1. Healthy Fats are part of a whole food diet.

When God put food sources on this Earth such as butter, whole eggs, and fatty meat and fish, it’s because these were meant to be eaten together! Separating the yolk from the white, or drinking low fat milk or margarine is not only unnatural, but it’s not a whole foods approach of eating.

 

2. Fats carry nutrients

Fats help transport and carry nutrients from our foods through the body. That’s why it’s a great idea to roast vegetables in fat like butter or coconut oil or use high quality olive oil on a salad!

3. Fats are the building blocks on our cells & hormones.

Fats, and specifically cholesterol are the building block of our very cell membranes and make up our hormones in our body. Poor quality fats means poor hormone balance.

 

4. Fats keep us satiated.

Fats keep us full, satisfied and happy! Fats actually don’t begin to digest until they reach our small intestines, so they keep up fuller longer. Whereas carbohydrates digest much quicker and send us snacking sooner.

5. Healthy fats support a healthy inflammatory process.

Healthy fats such as Omega 3’s are the building blocks of our inflammatory process in our body. We need fats to be balanced to have a normal inflammatory response in our body where we can inflame and anti-inflame.

If we eat only poor quality fats, we’re more likely to stay inflammed longer.

So what are healthy fats?

  • Coconut oil

  • Grassfed butter

  • Grassfed ghee

  • High quality olive oil

  • Grass-fed tallow

  • Pasture raised chicken and duck fat

  • Avocados and avocado oil

What are unhealthy fats?

  • Canola oil

  • Soybean oil

  • Grapeseed oil

  • Cottonseed oil

  • Safflower oil

  • Margarine

  • Any other transfats

  • Non grass-fed butter

Enjoy your healthy fats!