Why Fat Is Important


ADDing fat to meals is SO important, here's why👇

✔️Our bodies need fat to function.⁣

👉🏻Fat helps the body to store energy, protects organs, makes hormones, regulates body temperature, and is essential in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins A,D,E & K. Fat is necessary to keep your cells, brain, hormones, skin & hair healthy!⁣

👉Healthy fat usually refers to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. ⁣

Polyunsaturated fats are omega 3’s, 6’s + 9’s. We normally eat way more omega 6’s because it’s in most processed foods as vegetable oil (sunflower, corn, soybean). In large quantities it can increase inflammation in the body. ⁣

Omega 3’s decrease inflammation and are essential for hormone regulation. Keeping a balanced ratio is important. We want more 3's than 6's.⁣

Really nourishing plant based sources of fat include👉nuts and nut butters, avocados, some oils (walnut, flax, extra virgin olive, avocado, coconut), olives, walnuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp hearts and tahini.⁣

*Algae is a great source of omega's especially for anyone who does not eat animal products or consumes them minimally.⁣

👍🏻👎🏻Saturated fats (typically in animal based foods) have been labelled "bad" for many years, the jury is still out on this one. A diet high in saturated fats (highly dependent on source and quantity) may not be best, however a great plant source is coconut! ⁣

Fats to try and avoid: trans fats which normally show up as “partially hydrogenated oils” they⬆️your LDL and⬇️your HDL cholesterol. ⁣

Dietary fat tips:⁣

1️⃣ Pick you favourite sources and have them on hand. ⁣

2️⃣ Try adding a little fat to all your meals.⁣

3️⃣ For anyone who menstruates, eat more fat a week before your cycle, it's critical for hormones.⁣

4️⃣ Fat helps keep you full, grabbing a fruit, add some fat to it.⁣

5️⃣ Know that nourishing sources of fat, don't "make you fat" - that's a fallacy.⁣

Emily Manuel, B.A, RHN, CYT
 

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