Fats were given a bad reputation in the 1970’s when marketers started marketing their products as “fat free” and “low fat”. When they pulled the fats out of their products (which gave them flavor), they replaced them with cheap sugar substitutes that not only enhanced the flavor and made them more addicting, but also caused a raise in metabolic related diseases among American’s.
Since then, much research has been done busting the “fats are bad” myth and proving how incredibly important they are to the body. If you would like to learn more about this, I recommend my two favorite books on this topic, found here and here.
So I get it that fats are important to the body, but what exactly are they responsible for?
Here’s a few of their functions:
- assisting in vitamin absorption
- a great energy source for the body
- hormone regulation
- hormone balancing
- forming cell membranes
- preserving memory
- preserving eye health
- reducing aggressive behavior
- decreasing ADHD/ADD symptoms
- alleviating depression
- protecting your organs
- transporting fat soluble vitamins
- forming your brain and nervous tissue
- reducing inflammation
- revving your metabolism
- lowering cholesterol and blood triglycerides
Amazing, isn’t it? It’s ironic how not eating enough fat, makes you fat, but it is true. Healthy fats play such an important role in your metabolism and if you aren’t eating enough, other fats (such as what makes up your brain and nervous system) begin sacrificing themselves for energy.
So, what are the best sources of fats for me to eat?
I recommend getting your fat sources from (in no particular order):
Eggs (omega 3’s, cage free)
Fish (wild caught)
Nut Butters (no sugar added, no hydrogenation)
Grass-Fed Dairy Products
Nuts (unsalted, no sugar)
Though there are many other fats on the market, a few fats you want to make sure to avoid (as they will cause you more harm than good) are:
Margarine (or other fake butters)
Hydrogenated Nut Butters
If you have questions about where to purchase good fats, please don’t hesitate to contact me!