I’ve come to the conclusion that I like fat more than I like carbs.
I shouldn’t be allowed to call myself a runner.
If I could do so healthily, I would live on nut butter, cheese, avocado, eggs, and fatty fish. While these foods are all staples in my diet, I do “try” to include other foods in my diet on a daily basis.
I’ll admit that that I’ve done the whole “low fat” craze. Egg whites, fat free cheese (OMG that stuff gross), chicken breasts, ect…
While I’m not knocking these foods, dietary fat is essential. When I did a low fat diet, I noticed that my skin was always dry, my hair was thinner, and food just had no appeal.
Let’s face it, fat just tastes good.
Fat is actually considered a vital nutrient.
Dietary fat supplies essential fatty acids for growth, healthy skin, vitamin-absorption and regulation of bodily functions.
Fat comes in many forms, some harmful and some beneficial.
Let’s start with the harmful dietary fat…
- Saturated fat: This is a type of fat that comes mainly from animal sources. Saturated fat raises total blood cholesterol levels (LDL) cholesterol levels, which can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Some studies have shown that saturated fat may also increase your risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Trans fat: This is a type of fat that occurs naturally in some foods, especially from animals (this doesn’t bother me at all). On the other hand, most trans fats are made during food processing through partial hydrogenation of unsaturated fats. Studies have shown that man-made trans fat can increase LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower HDL(good) cholesterol. This can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.
These fast are solid at room temperature because of the high unsaturated fat content (like lard).
I WILL NOT EAT MAN MADE TRANS FATS.
I’m not knocking saturated fat, but I don’t think it should be a dietary staple.
On the the other hand, there are some healthy dietary fats out there…
1. Monounsaturated fat: This is a type of fat is found in a variety of foods and oils. Studies have shown that eating foods rich in monounsaturated fats…
- Improve blood cholesterol levels
- Benefit insulin levels and blood sugar control
2. Polyunsaturated fat: This is a type of fat found mostly in plant-based foods and oils. Studies have shown that eating foods rich in polyunsaturated fats…
- Improve blood cholesterol levels, which can decrease your risk of heart disease.
- Help decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Polyunsaturated fats also contain omega 3’s that benefit heart health.
- Omega-3s (found in most fatty fish) appear to decrease the risk of coronary artery disease.
Foods made up mostly of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature (like olive oil).
Fat makes me swoon. Please tell me I’m not the only one.