Why does the word "fat" make everyone nervous?
Immediately they begin to think of the extra bulge they have around their waist or thighs. Fat has gotten a bad rap over the years and I am hear to say that I like fat, especially the "good" fat.
Certain fat has been wrongly suggested as food that we should avoid and can do harm to our health.
Yes, I admit...I eat butter and I use olive oil!
Eating the wrong foods makes you fat. Eating wasted calories and unhealthy processed food makes your fat. Not exercising will make your fat. The US has a population that is facing an obesity problem and is is the lack of knowledge toward healthy eating and the addiction to fast food.
There are fats that we should avoid and fats that we should consume daily for essential, health-boosting, and nutritional benefits. Here are three of the good "fats."
Cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil has been found to help maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, prevent heart disease, and reduce inflammation in the body. It is best known as part of a healthy Mediterranean diet, and is often drizzled on fish and vegetables, and is used in salad dressings. One thing about olive oil that most people may not be aware of is that it is best consumed right out of the bottle and not heated. Olive oil has a low smoke point. Cooking with olive oil at temperatures exceeding 200°F causes it to oxidize and become hydrogenated, thus removing the healthy properties it contained at room temperature.
Grass-fed butter contains the right balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Butter from grass-fed cows contains high levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which help protect against various cancers and assists the body in storing muscle instead of fat. Butter also contains fatty acids which helps prevent infections in the gastrointestinal tract. It is also an important source of good cholesterol, which assists in brain and nervous system development and is necessary for healthy cellular functions.
Wild Alaskan salmon, Atlantic mackerel and other wild-caught, cold water fish, and fish or krill oil supplements contain a healthy boost of omega-3, essential fatty acids (EFAs) which work to reduce the risks of: heart disease, artery-clogging plaque or blood clots, diabetes by improving blood sugar levels, inflammatory diseases, some cancers and Alzheimer’s. It helps give your skin a youthful glow from the inside out, reduces sensitivity to the sun, and helps heal skin conditions such as psoriasis.
Now, go eat some fat.
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