With all the products marked low in fat on the market, you would think that reducing fat intake would be a good way to improve our health. In fact, the opposite is true, there is too little fat!
Did you know that to assimilate the fat-soluble vitamins, namely A, D, E and K, you absolutely need fat! With Fat free, these vitamins that we take in our diet or our supplements cannot pass through the intestinal walls and end up in our blood, so they are lost forever!
I’m talking about there being too little good fats, not the trans fats found in vegetable shortening and many processed foods like pastries, cookies, pies, cakes, croissants. These trans fats increase inflammation in the arteries, promoting atherosclerosis which can cause cracks, clot and cause a heart attack.
Fats can be divided into three families: Unsaturated fats, saturated fats and trans fats. Unsaturated fats and some saturated fats are the preferred ones because they have a positive effect on the health of our heart.
The great thing about omega-3 polyunsaturated fats is that their benefits don’t just end with heart health. Omega-3s help prevent certain cancers, improve mood, and keep the brain functioning well. Studies show that a diet rich in omega-3s can delay or prevent the onset of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease!
In addition, depriving yourself of fat also means depriving yourself of delicious and excellent foods for your health such as:
Avocado – packed with fiber and potassium;
Nuts, almonds and hazelnuts – full of vitamins;
Dark chocolate – packed with antioxydants;
Eggs – filled with choline.
Good fats…take advantage of them! 😊
Reference: Dr Martin Juneau, Coup de Pouce magazine