Welcome to the new blog series, TRENDING NOW…
We thought we’d kick this off with a topic that is often misunderstood and an ingredient of great importance – FAT!
For many people who have spent a fair bit of time assuming that fat is bad for us, coming to terms with the fact that some fats are actually great (or even essential) for health may be tough.
There are of course some ‘bad’ fats which should be avoided as much as possible, but the ‘good’ fats that are about to be discussed are super important for us to live our healthiest life.
There are three types of fatty acids found in our dietary fats; saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. It is the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids that are considered ‘good’ fats that provide us with notable health benefits. Essential fatty acids fall within the polyunsaturated fatty acid group. They are coined ‘essential’ for two reasons; firstly because we cannot make them within our body so must get them through our diet, and secondly because they are essential to life and we cannot function without them.
The two main groups of essential fatty acids are omega-3s and omega-6s. Good sources of omega-3s include flaxseed, mustard seeds, walnuts and oily fish, while good sources of omega-6 include sunflower oil, corn oil, sesame oil, hemp seeds/oil, chia seeds, peanuts, evening primrose and borage oil.
These good fats are brimming with health benefits. In particular, they may help lower blood pressure and ‘bad’ cholesterol while boosting levels of ‘good’ cholesterol, in turn promoting overall heart health. These essential fatty acids have also been shown to reduce inflammation and risk of stroke and cancer, as well as promote bone health. Further to this, as the brain is made up of 60% fat, research has suggested that optimal levels of essential fatty acids may enhance brain function and also help minimise symptoms associated with depression.
Well that’s a pretty hefty list that highlights the amazingness of healthy fats.
So now we can all see why fat should not be considered the devil!
Before you revert to a low-fat way of living, take a look at the types of fats you are banishing and consider ways in which you can still include plenty of essential fatty acids in your diet.
We’ve got some good tips on how to throughout the blog.
Parting words from us at I AM Co… Improve your healthful fats while removing the harmful ones!
What’s your thoughts, do you fear the fat?