There is a nasty misconception out there that if something has Fat in it or is high in Fat, it will automatically make you FAT. We need to challenge what we have been told over the years and really learn about all the different kinds of fat out there. So let’s do it, let’s rise above and talk about Fat.
Now don’t get me wrong, not all Fats are beneficial by any means, but some are and that is where we need to start. Fats come in many different forms, compositions, and structures.
Pop Quiz… When you hear the word “Fat”, what is the first food you picture?
Just because they are all under the same category, does not mean they are all equal. Just like with every other choice in life, there are better choices than others. Fats are needed for a balanced diet to satisfy hunger, keep you feeling full, be a mode of transportation for vital vitamins and minerals, and add flavor to foods. They provide essential fatty acids for hormone production and help control blood sugar levels.
When you see saturated vs. unsaturated vs. polyunsaturated- let me just tell you it has to do with the degree of “saturation” with hydrogen. That is what affects the consistency.
Saturated=more solid at room temperature
Unsaturated=more liquid like.
All you really need to know is that best oils to consume are unsaturated
Your best choices of fats are nuts, avocados, olives, flaxseed meal, and unsaturated oils.
Saturated: Examples- butter, whole fat dairy products, bacon. Try to keep these limited as they are associated with heart disease and unhealthy weight gain.
Unsaturated: Examples- olive oil, canola oil, olives, avocado, peanut oil, and peanut butter.
Polyunsaturated: Examples-Walnuts, safflower oil, corn oil, flaxseed, fatty fish. Not good oils to cook at high temperatures with, but are the best choices for dressings and sauces.
Avoid Trans-fat. They are chemically altered fats with hydrogen added to them to increase shelf life. No need for them in a healthy diet.
Omega Fatty Acids: Forms of unsaturated fats. You’ve heard of fish oils and the Omegas. That is what these are. Omega oils are great for the diet, body, and can help lower bad cholesterol. Sources of Omegas are salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, coconut, grapeseed oil.
Speaking of Omega Fatty Acids, we are excited to introduce a new product to both our locations as a benefit to our clients. Fresh Omega Pure Extra Virgin Norwegian Salmon Oil is a a top of the line fish oil produced by MRM.
Curious as to how Fish Oil can help you?
Its biggest benefits are inflammation reduction, improved cardiovascular function and improved cognitive function. Perfect for the our program and the members we serve.
Watch this Video to learn even more about our newest product:
– No “Fishy” Burps
– From Verified Sustainable & Traceable Fisheries
– One-A-Day Formula Supported by Clinical Validation
– Full Spectrum of Natural Omega Fatty Acids Including EPA, DHA and DPA
Stop by either of our locations to check it out!