“Don’t eat that piece, it’s got too much of fat on it.” That’s a common utterance that we all have heard at the dinner table. For years we were taught that fat has been to nutrition what a mongoose is to a snake, what the Joker is to Batman… well, you get the idea.
What if we told you that was incorrect and that fat can actually be beneficial to you? Low carb, high fat advocates, like Dr. Atkins and Dr. Sears, have been fighting bad science and bad journalism for years and have been trying to help people manage their blood sugar by promoting eating fewer (processed) carbs and starches and to rather eat more good fats.
Forget about what bad “conventional wisdom” has force-fed you and allow Rise To It to open your mind…
You need fats in your diet
The simple truth remains; in order for you to practice good nutrition, you need to have some good fat in your diet – essential for health and well-being. We were definitely intended to eat fat and nature didn’t get this one wrong. Even if you have to look at carnivorous animals, when they dive into meat, instinctively they will attack the fatty bits first – many say that’s very smart of them.
By omitting good fats from your diet, you are losing out on essential nutrients. They contain essential fatty acids, such as vitamins A, D and E, which seek to protect the body from various ailments. We have been told that fats will raise your cholesterol and that they are actually linked to heart disease. Ironically, good fats have the ability to increase what is known as good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol which is harmful to the body.
It is a good idea to incorporate a diet that is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are found in food such as salmon flax seeds, walnuts and more. Also read our our article on ten energy boosting foods you should be eating, which includes foods rich in good fats.
Many sources of saturated fats, such as butter and lard, contain their own fat soluble vitamins, but it is only through that fat that they can be absorbed into the body.
Good fats can be supremely beneficial for the body and will help ward off many health problems. The body utilises fat as a vital source of energy. The Paleo Diet is one of the few diets that are smart enough to recognise and advocate the goodness of including good fats in your diet.
There are, however, fats to steer clear of. Hydrogenated fats are the type to avoid like the plague, as they are artificially saturated. They are hard to digest and can influence weight gain, inflammation (learn more on how to fight inflammation with food), heart disease, and then some. Hydrogenated fats are prevalent in foods such as margarine, fast foods, white bread, etc.
Do your homework and research how you can incorporate more fats into your diet. Eating animal fat is perfectly acceptable and a great source of nutrition, so the next time somebody asks you to trim that piece of meat… you know what to say.