There is a big myth about fat (particularly saturated fat) that it is bad for you. I’ve tried to write a short, easy-to-understand breakdown of fats.
The body needs both unsaturated and saturated fat to make the body work at optimum capacity. The parts of the body that especially rely on fats and their vital nutrients include the brain, nervous system and sex hormones.
Saturated fat (mostly found in animal fat)
This is fat that faces the biggest amount of undue criticism. Saturated fat includes butter, ghee and coconut oil. Saturated fats are great for cooking with as their chemical composition does not alter, thus becoming a trans fat (more about that later). These saturated fats also have vital vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, D, E and K, which slow the release of sugar and aid optimum digestion.
Unsaturated fat (mostly found in plants)
Great unsaturated fats include extra-olive oil, rapeseed oil and hempseed oil. These oils like saturated fat have a varied nutritional profile. However, these oils should not be heated as their chemical composition changes under heat and they become toxic (trans fat). Instead, use them to drizzle over salads and at the end of the cooking process.
Trans fats can be found in most margarines, butter replacements (including soya butter) and vegetable cooking oils. This is where the chemical structure of the fat has been changed through the manufacturing / cooking process. For example, our body is not made to digest margarine as its alien structure is unrecognisable to us and thus stagnates in the gut, becoming rancid. This can lead to leaky gut, auto-immunity and even cancer.
Make sure that you do not use unsaturated fats for cooking as you can create your own trans fats through this process.
To find some delicious recipes that incorporate good fats, click on this link to my food blog A Rosie Life.
About the Author
I’m Rosie Pinder and I’m currently studying Nutritional Medicine at the College of Natural Medicine (CNM), London. Naturopathic Nutrition is a holistic way of creating balance in the body and preventing disease through looking and what we ‘eat, drink and think’.
I have started a blog called A Rosie Life that celebrates whole foods. The aim of my blog is to create healthy, simple and delicious meals (using whole foods) that can be easily replicable in anyone’s home. If you are interesting in exciting, liberating and healthy food that will make you glow from the inside out then please check out my blog.
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