Fats are an essential part of your diet. However not all fats are created equal.
Fats have been vilified for the past few decades, guidelines advocated high carb diets with low or no fats, packed instead with sugar to make up for the lack of taste, burning sugar as the primary source of fuel.
What you're aiming for is whole-food that is as close to its natural state as possible. Look back over 100 years ago and consider what food was back then, and how it was prepared?
Healthy fats (such as coconut oil, nuts and seeds, olive oil, avocados ) are beneficial and essential for overall health — we're consuming too much pro-inflammatory omega-6s which increases the risks of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, cancer and premature ageing. Inflammation takes place when free radicals alter the way DNA works, attacking cell membranes and reducing immune function.
Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory and are required for brain function, metabolism, neurotransmitter function and more.
Avoiding processed foods is so important if you value your health
Processed vegetable oils (canola oil, soybean oil) undergo hydrogenation, increasing trans fats (margarine) which are pervasive in the average modern diet (fried foods, margarine, potato chips) and make up between 30%-50% of the average person's daily calorie intake — not only because they cook with them, but because they're found in so many processed foods. As much as 5% of a quart of vegetable oil can be toxic types of trans fat, that equals 50 grams, almost 2 ounces of a highly toxic compound versus parts per million, which you can't even begin to measure! If consumed in excess, this can lead to arteriosclerosis, inflammation, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, cancer.
Vegetable oils are polyunsaturated fats, they have two double bonds. That chemical structure has important consequences for how these oils oxidise easily and become toxic when we manipulate them for processing and cooking, removing their natural antioxidants and exposing them to high temperatures.
They can form dangerous molecules called free radicals that damage enzymes and cell membranes.
Oxidative Stress- Dietary Root of Pain & Inflammation
Consuming healthy fats trigger ghrelin and leptin the “hunger and satiety hormones” which reduces your appetite and cravings.
Saturated fats from whole-foods such as nuts, seeds, coconut butter, avocado, hemp seeds, flax and chia seeds (contain single bonds), they are packed with vitamins and antioxidants and also contain the fat enzyme lipase – which helps to break them down. The benefits of these healthy fats are most notable post exercise as they also help repair and reduce inflammation.
Healthy fats are a major source of energy, they are a structural components of our cells and your help body absorb nutrients more effectively, lower bad cholesterol and help to shed excess weight. Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K cannot be absorbed by the body without the help of fats.
Omega-3 fatty acids = anti-inflammatory, Omega-6 fats = inflammatory are essential fats as the body cannot produce them. They can only be obtained through the diet.
A KETO DIET is one of the most useful natural interventions for treating chronic diseases,
cardiovascular risks, obesity & type 2 diabetes
When your body burns glucose (from carbs) for fuel = this increases blood sugar levels & higher insulin levels in the body may cause insulin resistance. Reducing sugar & carbs and using healthy fats as a main source of fuel, allows your body to burn ketones.
Mitochondria have the flexibility to burn either glucose or fat for energy where as cancer cells can only use glucose as fuel.
Our brain consists of 50% fat by weight, 30% of that consists of essential fatty acids*.