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Good Fats Vs Bad Fats - By Calgary Avansino

Not all fat is created equal and more importantly not all fat makes you fat. There are bad fats, better fats and good fats so I'm going to try and make this as simple as possible. You need at acquaint yourself with four categories:  saturated, trans, mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats. I'm not even going to talk about trans fats because they have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. They are the nasty fats (which contain partially hydrogenated oils) present in almost all processed foods - stay away! Next on the list of less than desirable fats are the saturated variety - primarily animal based fats like meat, cheese and eggs  - which you should limit for the good of your heart, your weight and your overall health. The one exception to this is coconut oil and coconut meat, which do contain saturated fat but it is the plant-based kind - a very different story. It contains a saturated fat called lauric acid that has been shown to increase your good HDL cholesterol, which helps improve overall cholesterol ratio levels.  Try using coconut oil when you would reach for other oils to make everything from stir-fries and sautéed vegetables to cookies and cakes. Coconut milk yogurt (not coconut flavored dairy yogurt) is a great breakfast alternative and coconut meat either fresh or dried is a delicious snack, topping for cereal, oatmeal or in desserts. The good stuff is unsaturated fat, both poly and mono, which improves blood cholesterol levels, decreases your risk of heart disease, fights fatigue, and can even help control your weight. All good! The fats to befriend can be found in nuts, avocados, olive oil, canola oil, flaxseeds and oily fish. Trying spreading almond butter on toast for breakfast, sprinkling walnuts (which contain beneficial omega 3 oils) on granola or yogurt or dip apples in cashew butter as a snack. It is also great to use soaked nuts as a thickener in soups or add almond flour to your batter next time you bake. For lunch, drizzle olive oil and spread avocado on gluten-free toast and top any salad with slices of avocado. Bad fats are bad because they’re thought to cause cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer and good fats are good because along with a healthy, plant-based diet they help prevent all those things. Choose wisely! Try our Raw Thai Green Curry for a dose of cashew goodness, or our Raw Chocolate Mousse for some skin boosting avocado.

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