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FATS ARE FUEL
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!
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks