Healthy Fats for your Body and Brain
If you’re overdone the bread and wine this summer, the quickest way to shape up - and sharpen your mind - is to eat more fat. We’re not talking chicken nuggets or deep fried fish– but the immune boosting, alkaline forming fats found in coconut oil and avocado. These healthy fats will keep you feeling fuller for longer and keep sugar cravings down – the real reason for weight creep.
Despite a saturated-fat content of 87 per cent, coconut oil is made up mostly of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), a high-energy fuel that can help you prevent muscle loss and boost endurance. It can also fast-track your way to a flatter stomach: in a 2009 study published in the journal Lipids forty women were given either two tablespoons of coconut oil (30 ml), or two tablespoons of soy bean oil every day for 12 weeks. Only those taking coconut oil saw a reduction in waist circumference
When you eat half an avocado at lunch you cut hunger pangs by 40 per cent for the next three hours, according to a study from Loma Linda University in California. Avocados are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and are also a great source of beta-sitosterol, clinically proven to lower cholesterol.
Boost Your Brain
The respected neurologist David Perlmutter counts coconut and avocado as part of his Anti-Alzheimer’s trio of foods. ‘These items are all low in carbs and high in fat, helping to reduce some of that brain-bullying inflammation the root cause of so many ailments,’ he says. Grass-fed beef is the final ingredient on Perlmutter’s list, however he makes it clear that a vegetarian diet is perfectly consistent with his program.