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FATS ARE FUEL
Recently there has been a shift in the opinions regarding fats. There has been an underlying consensus in our society that fat cannot be consumed if you want a healthy body. For years we have been urged to banish fat from our diets, or consume low fat options. There was a massive popularity in ‘low fat’ labels that people reached for to avoid the fats in their diet. Although in most cases, these alternatives are much worse as they can be laden with hidden sugars and additives to make the food taste better.
There has been a kind of shame associated with the word, similar to how carbs have been given a bad rap. They have been seen as something we should avoid at all costs if we want to look and feel our best. However, this opinion is changing and there is now an understanding of the benefits that fats have to offer in our daily lives, are why they are a great part of any diet.
Fat is a major source of energy which actually helps you absorb some vitamins and minerals. It is needed to help build cell membranes, essential for blood clotting, muscle movement, and inflammation within the body. The benefits of including good fats in our diet can manifest in our skin becoming brighter, skin being clearer, and your energy levels improving. There is also a point of consuming fat in moderation, which is of course true, which is a statement which can relate to most things in life. Moderation is definitely key to a healthy diet. If you are consuming the healthy fats, such as nuts, seeds and avocados, coconut oil, you are definitely heading in the right direction.
THE COCONUT OIL DEBATE
Recently there has been claims regarding Coconut oil being unhealthy due to the high levels of saturated fat. It is important to remember that Coconut oil is full of a number of beneficial nutrients and not all saturated fat should be avoided.
You cannot simply label something unhealthy due to the saturated fat content, as this is over simplifying the oil and not understanding the full spectrum of incredible things it can do for the body. For example, the oil contains medium chain triglycerides which are well-proven to speed up metabolism and assist in fat loss, as well as containing Lauric acid which is anti-microbial. High fat consumption from clean sources such as olive oil and coconut oil, combined with a diet which is high in leafy greens and fibre, can actually improve cholesterol. It is all about looking at the quality of the fats and also the environment you are putting them into. For example, the environment your genes are bathed in can really determine your individual health in a big way. In essence, we need to look at the whole picture, rather than just an isolated ingredient. Coconut oil, reacts differently in the body depending on what else is being consumed. Really, it is all about seeing what your body prefers, and what is doesn’t. We are all different, and unique in the way we metabolise and deposit nutrients. It is all about what works for your unique environment and what you feel helps your body to thrive!
WHAT ARE KETONES?
Each person is unique so a specific diet which works wonderfully for one person, may not work at all for another. This is important to remember when it comes to new diets which become popular. However, there has been a boom in diets which prioritise fats, and value the many benefits this has to offer.
There has been a rise in the ‘Ketogenic diet’ which is a high fat, low carb diet which is designed to make the body reach ‘ketosis.’ Ketosis is a fat burning state which your body reaches when your body makes small fuel molecules called ketones. This is an alternate fuel which your body makes when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply. Ketones are produced by the liver, from fat. They are used as fuel throughout the body, including the brain. The brain consumes so much energy every day, and it can run solely on glucose, or if there is no glucose available, then ketones.
A ketogenic diet is where your entire body switches its fuel supply to run on almost entirely fat. There are many benefits to this diet including stabilising your hunger and providing a steady supply of energy.
THE RISE OF HEALTHY FATS
In its essence, a healthy diet is really about moderation. Our bodies want each of the macro-nutrients as they help us function in different ways. By banishing fats, we are depriving certain functions of the body. There are many ways to implement healthier fats into your diet, either by switching to a healthier cooking oil such as Coconut, or Avocado, adding more seeds and nuts to your salads, or even adding nut butters or a healthy oil to your morning smoothie. At Fushi we have the utmost quality of cold pressed, unrefined oils which retain the nutrients and are a great source of essential fatty acids. Our Sri Lankan Coconut oil is prefect for cooking with as it has a very high smoke point and adds a lovely flavour to any dish. By adding in healthy fats to your diet you are making sure you are feeding your body with the building blocks it needs to flourish!