Ok, well I don’t have 99 reasons in this blog post, but if I were to stand on my soapbox and pledge this statement to the health world, I’m certain I would get pretty close to it!
Times have changed
It’s 2015 and the cat is out of the bag. Eating fat is good for you. Even TIME Magazine has declared that fat is fabulous by showcasing a creamy swirl of butter on their June cover. We’ve been doing it for hundreds of years and only now understanding why it was a staple part of our ancestral diet. At MNB, we are huge advocates for eating natural, whole food. From leaving the skin on your fruit and veggies, choosing quinoa over white rice and eating foods as close to their ‘just picked’ state. So, when choosing fats, why would we compromise on choosing something that’s not real?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve seen icons on packaging stating ‘97% less fat, ‘fat-free, and ‘this product contains no-fat’. It doesn’t take much persuading to assume fat makes you fat, clogs your arteries and raises the risk of heart disease. But the results are in, we’re sicker now than ever before and health costs rising. In a world of ‘low-fat’ and ‘no-fat’, Diabetes is at an all time high and heart disease is the number 1 sickness in the world. It turns out fat is not so black and white and we’re missing out on a whole beneficial world of fatty acids, nourishing lipids and hormone happy healthy eats.
A 2014 article from the British Medical Journal has come out with powerful (not to mention controversial) science that busts the long believed myth that saturated fat is bad for you. It turns out that fat isn’t the enemy when it comes to heart disease and weight gain; the main culprit is in fact, sugar. Sugar and its many façades are everywhere; it’s hard not to be struck in the face with the added sweet saccharine in every aisle of the supermarket in packets, sauces and carbohydrates. When we’re told to cut down eating fat, we choose the low fat options thinking it’s heart healthy when all it is, is loaded with sugar to make it taste better without the fat. Too much sugar causes inflammation, which increases your risk of weight gain, heart disease, IBS and more.
It’s not only fats and sugar we’ve got to understand better but also the great nutrients that we consume every day to help us function. Vitamin A (important for immune, bone growth and hormone synthesis), vitamin D (which controls over 2000 genomes), vitamin E (an intracellular antioxidant) & vitamin K (responsible for bone mineralization). These nutrients are fat soluble, meaning they need fats in your diet to be able to be absorbed and do their job. No fat equals poor absorption, which then results in your body unable to perform these functions. Ever just felt like your body is working against you?
Fellow mover, nourisher and believer: nutritional biochemist Dr Libby Weaver is a huge healthy fat advocate who says,
“Eating fat from whole foods is critical to every aspect of your health, including great energy, a happy mood, clear skin, your ability to be calm and to use body fat as a fuel. Fat is highly satiating, meaning it acts on the satiety center of the brain, which can help people feel satisfied with smaller portions. Too many people battle sugar cravings and increasing the intake of good quality fat from real food can help your desire for sweet food fall away, something I have witnessed in thousands of clients. Some fats are also considered “essential” meaning that the body cannot synthesize them from other substances. Instead we must obtain these from the diet on a daily basis. Good food sources of fats include: avocado, coconut, nuts, seeds, organic butter, nut butters, olives, and oily fish. Embrace more of these foods into your day and notice how they help you live your best life!”
The kind of diet to thrive off for good health and lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease is one that consists of lots of vegetables, protein, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and fruits. It’s all about balance, and too many times people have been caught out eating more sugar than they realize.
Although there is no one size fits all dietary regime for everyone due to individual metabolic blueprints, understanding what you eat and how it affects you is that start of finding your own, unique and flourishing nourish style. After all, if we don’t nourish our health – what do we have?