Eating fat doesn’t make you fat.
Your body requires fat to run properly and eating the right kind of fat will even help you burn body fat.
If you are trying to reduce your sugar/carb intake, you should be increasing your fat intake for energy.
Let me pause to say that nutrient packed carbs from veggies and fruits should NOT be eliminated when reducing carb intake.
Many of us fear fat. By choosing low fat or fat free, you are typically increasing your sugar intake. Eating fat will not only satiate you but is important for your brain health!
Eating fat doesn’t just end up as fat on your body.
Your body needs fat~
- Your hormones are built on dietary fats and if your hormones are not working – the whole ship is going to go down.
- When you aren’t eating enough fat you aren’t fueling your brain.
- Helps you absorb nutrients in your food.
- A meta-analysis that examined 21 studies of almost 350,000 people over 23 years found “no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of [coronary heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.]”
- Research indicates that medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCTs), which are largely found in coconut oil, avocado, olive oil, fish and nuts, are broken down quickly and used mainly for energy, rarely winding up as body fat.Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm.
What is coconut oil? It is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. It will be solid at cooler temps and liquid at warmer temps.
There are over 1500 studies proving the benefits of coconut oil. Don’t take my word for it, you can check them out HERE
50% of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat called lauric acid. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-protozoa properties.
Coconut oil is about 2/3 medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. These types of fatty acids produce a whole host of health benefits:
- MCFAs are easily digested, thus putting less strain on your digestive system.
- MCFAs are sent directly to your liver, where they are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat.
- MCFAs actually help stimulate your body’s metabolism, leading to weight loss.
Coconut oil is used by the body as a source of energy similar to a carbohydrate but without an insulin spike.
How to choose the right coconut oil for you? I suggest reading one or both of the articles below:
Recipes and Uses for Coconut Oil
Avoid Trans fat: Trans fat is a fat that is used to give foods a different texture/shelf-life. When reading labels, look for the ingredient of “partially hydrogenated oil” and “shortening” in items such as:
- Processed foods
- Fried foods
- Snack foods, such as chips, crackers & cookies
- Margarine & salad dressings
- Pie crusts
- Frozen pizza
- Coffee creamers
As always, be mindful of quantity but focus on quality. Listen to your body. Maybe you will recognize that rather than counting calories, adding in a bit of quality fats along with loads of veggies and quality protein will benefit your body. Maybe not. Everyone is different but why not give it a try?