In the news this week everyone is talking about FAT. With mixed messages from the media it can often make it confusing whether we should be eating fat or avoiding it, so here are some FAT FACTS for you.
Firstly your body and brain needs healthy fats for optimum health, if your body is not healthy you’ll always struggle to lose weight, its really important that you include healthy fats in moderation in your daily diet.
Healthy fats include virgin coconut oil, avocados, extra virgin olive oil and cold pressed oils like almond, avocado and flaxseed, organic grass fed butter, oily fish and full fat Natural Greek yogurt.
High heat cooking is best done with virgin coconut oil as it’s the only fat that doesn’t turn into a bad fat when heated at a high temperature. Virgin coconut oil is available from most large supermarkets, the best one that I have found for price and quality is from Aldi for £4 a pot.
Virgin coconut oil has many health benefits has fewer calories than other fats, satisfies hunger, stimulates metabolism, in fact it can increase an overweight person’s metabolism by 48% and up to 65% with the obese!
Extra virgin olive oil is a good choice to sauté and this healthy fat is great for dressing salads. Grass fed organic butter is another healthy option and can be used for low heat cooking or melted on vegetables or a baked sweet potato. Waitrose have a good selection of grass fed organic butter.
Other healthy oils that can be used for dressing salads are almond, avocado and flaxseed but its best to avoid cooking with these oils.
ALWAYS avoid vegetable oils and margarine and so called healthy spreads and low fat spreads these products are extracted from seeds like the rapeseed (canola oil) soybean (soybean oil), corn, sunflower, safflower etc, all these oils are polyunsaturated fats which are exceptionally high in omega 6 which is a pro-inflammatory fat. Unlike organic grass fed butter or virgin coconut oil, these vegetable oils can’t be extracted just by pressing or separating naturally they are some of the most chemically altered foods in our diets, yet they get promoted as healthy! Vegetable oils are found in practically every processed food and in salad dressings and mayo.
Low fat products are another no no, they may be low in fat but they are often high in sugar and contain additives.
Sugar, additives and bad fats are the enemies to our health and our waistlines, not GOOD FAT.
If you want to be healthy and slim steer clear of trans fats and hydrogenated fats these unnatural fats are detrimental to your health. Wake Forest University found these fats increase the amount of fat around the abdomen.They do this not just by adding new fat, but also by moving fat from other areas to the abdomen.
Trans fat can make food taste good, last longer on supermarket shelves and are hazardous for the heart. They raise bad cholesterol, increase inflammation and lower the good cholesterol that protects us against heart disease.
These fats are often found in many foods especially:
French fries & Chips
Processed meats (hot dogs, burgers, sausages)
Pies and pastries
Battered food
Ready microwave meals
Microwave popcorn
Non dairy creamers (like coffeemate)
Ice cream
Biscuits & cakes

So, you really don’t want to eat anything too often made with trans or hydrogenated fats.  Food manufacturers only have to notify consumers that their product contains trans fat if it is greater than half a gram per serving. So a label that that says zero trans fat, can still contain trans fats. Look on labels for the word hydrogenated and if it contains hydrogenated fats you then know it contains bad fats.

Bottom line –  if you want to be healthy and trim avoid the bad fats and low fat products and make sure you are adding good fats into your daily diet.