I thought I would share with you some thoughts on fat after reading an interesting article about the top 5 fats and how and why we should eat them.
The 5 sources
- Coconut oil
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Cod Liver oil
- Animal fats
Butter stabilizes the blood sugar levels. This leads to a significant reduction even of sugar cravings. It also helps maintain our cell walls that are present in every cell in the body and are composed of saturated fat. This is because the largest fat present is in butter is saturated fat. If you use margarine or butter substitutes instead the body incorporates inferior fats into the cell wall instead. This is bad and can cause obesity.
Coconut oil, this is full of lauric acid that is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Its also full of medium chain saturated fats that are utilized by the body for immediate energy. This is the best oil to cook and bake with as it is highly heat stable.
Extra virgin olive oil, you should use this in things such as salad dressings as it provides a lot of nutrients when eaten raw. However you should avoid cooking with it as its properties denature loosing the nutrition value and making it unhealthy.
Cod liver oil very rich in omega 3 essential fatty acids. These are very important to get from the diet as they cant be made by the body and if you are deficient of omega 3 it leads to inflammation. Cod liver oil also contains vitamin A and D in their natural state and these vitamins help improve every function in the body.
Animal fats these are great for making your own stocks and if the stocks are frozen you can then remove the top layer of fat and cook with it providing heaps of flavor and nutrients.