Those that try to stay up to date with the latest health news, are still often confused about nutrition research findings and recommendations. One of the most controversial breakthroughs in recent years was that fat could be good for us. That’s right, a previous curse word of the slimming world, the ‘F word’ to the health-conscious!
We’ve now got a better understanding than ever of the role fat plays in our diet. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, we’re going to explain why fat is making a comeback. One thing you need to get your head around before reading this: ditch the fat prejudice – not all fats are the same! Read on to discover what fat is, why you need it and how including more good fats in your diet could make you happier and healthier – really!
A Big Fat Timeline
Over the past few decades fat has been given a bad reputation – it’s the black sheep of the family, the oddball, the guilty pleasure that we enjoy but never speak of. But why?
There’s a few things working against the popularity of fat:
So, fat has some explaining to do, and so do we. It may be the heavyweight of the nutrient world, but fat is essential to a healthy diet – and has many vital functions within the human body.
Getting your Fat Facts Right
Fat is one of three macronutrients, alongside protein and carbohydrate. It is essential for the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. It’s also a major source of energy and, when stored on the body, protects and insulates our major organs.
Much like many nutrients, the term fat is used to describe a family of substances, not just one. Whether you’ve got a short, medium or long attention span, we need to get a few things straight before we start!
Fats can be classified as unsaturated, trans or saturated:
MCTs: Single-Handedly Raising the Profile of Fats Everywhere!
Like a Russian doll, there are different kinds of fats within saturated fats, within fat! They can be sub-classified into short chain, medium chain and long chain fats (depending on their structure).
Most studies comparing saturated with unsaturated fats focus on long chain fats, which are more common than short or medium chain. Unfortunately, this has meant that sat-fats as a whole have been associated with negative health impacts.
But in more recent years, research has focused on the medium chain fatty acids as a solo act. These are found in tropical plants such as coconut oil. We now know that MCTs are not only less harmful to health than other sat fats, but actually provide a whole host of health benefits in their own right! Here’s just a few…
We hope we have helped you to understand how all fats aren’t created equal, and that incorporating MCTs into your diet can support overall health. The take home message from this post is to do your homework – wise-up on your nutrition knowledge and don’t eliminate an entire food group from your diet based on one headline!
You’ll find your ‘good fats’ – in natural Real Food sources such as avocados, olives, nuts and – like MCTs – in coconut oil. Hunter and Gather MCT Oil is extracted from fresh, hand-picked and sustainably harvested coconuts. This provides you with a source of pure and natural healthy fats.
On the other hand, if something is processed past the point of recognition and you can’t even guess what it’s made of – it’ll probably do you a fat lot of good!
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