I am sure you have seen the headlines today that eating fat won’t make you fat. As always, the headlines are there to grab your attention, but the actual meaning behind them is often missed. As you will see by my Instagram feed, I am absolutely a fan of eating fat. BUT that is NATURAL fats from wholefoods – think avocado, oily fish, nuts and dairy. What you don’t see is lots of high fat processed foods like pastries, takeaways (ok, sometimes on a weekend!), doughnuts, processed meats – these are kept as treats to have occasionally.
So what’s the difference between foods high in natural fats and those which contain processed fats? Well firstly, processed fats tend to be the kind that can have harmful effects on your heart health. Secondly, and very importantly, the food that contains them tend not to have many other nutritional benefits. On the flip side, if you look at the wholefoods that are naturally high in fat (dairy, avocado, nuts etc) they have an abundance of other nutrients (they are nutrient dense) which means you can benefit from lots of other health properties (for example, avocados are high in vitamin C and fibre, almonds are a great source of magnesium, and dairy contains high quality protein and calcium).
The bottom line!
The bottom line is that we need fat – it has many important roles in the body, including carrying essential fat-soluble vitamins – but focus on getting fats from natural wholefoods – it is not an excuse to go and get a McDonalds for dinner !!