Did you know that not all fats are created equal? First, I want to tell you about the heavily processed types of fats known as hydrogenated “trans” fats that are in prepared and packed foods. These types of fat wreak havoc and are terrible for our bodies. Trans fats compromise the cardiovascular system and nervous system, as well as contribute to behavior problems. I wish I knew about the behavior problem issue when I was a teacher! These fats can also lead to dreaded weight gain, skin breakouts, high blood pressure, and liver strain.
Our bodies need healthy fats for insulation, to help with vitamin and mineral absorption, and to protect our organs. High-quality healthy fats help our bodies maintain level hormone levels, nourish our skin, hair, and nails, and provide internal lubrication to keep the body functioning fluidly.
Here’s Where You’ll Find Healthy Fats:
- Avocados, olives, and coconuts are great sources of healthy fat, along with wild caught salmon and omega-3 rich organic eggs.
- Whole organic nuts and seeds, and their butters like almond butter or tahini.
- Look for the highest-quality organic oils when shopping. Language on the label should include: organic, first-pressed, cold-pressed, extra-virgin, and unrefined. Be sure to avoid expeller-pressed, refined, and solvent extracted oils.
Ways to Use Healthy Fats:
- When cooking at high temperatures, stir-frying, and baking, choose organic butter, ghee (which is clarified butter), or coconut oil.
- Extra-virgin olive oil can be used when gently sautéing foods.
- When making sauces or dressings, use oils like flaxseed, sesame, toasted sesame, walnut, and pumpkin seed. Remember, they are best used unheated.
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