Cruising the grocery store aisles I have noticed that there are still some low fat products out there…throwbacks to when we thought all fat was bad and we could replace it with refined carbohydrates and sodium-laced products instead. What grew out of that low fat notion was a crazy ride. Fat became the demon and carbohydrates, of every ilk, became the stars.
Our food industry was bursting with packaged, processed foods claiming to be fat-free. Some were already naturally fat free i.e. frozen peas…fat free!?
We have since gained wisdom and knowledge through research to help us realize that not all fat is bad. Yes there are the really bad fats, trans-fats to avoid at all cost and no one is saying that a diet of solid saturated fats is healthy.
The fats we are talking about are the mono and poly unsaturated fats that play a vital role in a healthy diet.
If everyone exchanged their morning muffin or boxed cereal for a handful of walnuts and a piece of fruit, a serving of full fat yogurt and berries, or some nut butter on multi grain toast… maybe we could decrease the need to keep snacking creating a huge surplus of calories being converted to fat.
The interesting thing with dietary fat is that is creates satiety. Carbohydrates, especially the refined ones found in most breakfast cereal, processed snacks and convenience foods are not satisfying resulting in us craving another refined carbohydrate snack. Quite the rollercoaster ride for our insulin as it desperately attempts to keep that blood sugar in balance.
Try adding healthy fat to your diet…you will notice fewer cravings, have more success at portion control, and experience skin, digestion and overall health benefits.
Here is a quick cheat sheet of healthy fats; pick and choose your favourites!
- nuts and seeds
- nut and seed butters
- chia, flax and hemp seeds
- full fat dairy (cheese, yogurt, milk, cream)
- coconut oil
- nut oils
- extra virgin olive oil
- dark chocolate
- wild salmon, other oily fish
- free range eggs
- grass fed organic beef
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