Healthy Fats 101

Healthy fats are totally the hype right now, and I decided to make a lil’ post about it to make sure that y’all don’t just think it’s a fad; healthy fats are sooooo good. Take a look at some of the reasons down below:

The word “fat” is negative, but it shouldn’t be

If someone is overweight, they’re fat; if some food has lots of the macronutrient known as lipids, it’s fat. The idea of fat has been so demonized over the last several decades that people didn’t realize that it was sugar that was the real culprit in most weight gain. That’s mostly because of a study where scientists were paid to peg fat as worse than sugar. Humans need lots of healthy fats in our diets to function.

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Avocados: the good kind of fat

Fat soluble vitamins

The most important thing about eating fats is that there are some vitamins you need that are fat soluble, meaning that only with the help of fat can they be transported through the blood stream. Vitamins A, E, D and K are all fat soluble. If you’re getting those vitamins but not enough fat in your diet, you could be missing out on a lot of the benefits. That might not seem like a big deal at first, but one of vitamin K’s biggest roles is in blood coagulation. Eating leafy greens might get you the vitamin K, but eating healthy fats will make it accessible to your body. Drinking green smoothies with kale and avocado, for instance, is a great way to ensure vitamin K absorption. #dontbleedtodeath

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Kale and avocado smoothie (recipe)

Fat + Math = Pass

Fats are also really important for brain function, which would definitely explain why eating a balanced breakfast helps so much with math problems. I don’t remember much from AP Biology, but what I do remember is that myelin sheaths, the things that wrap around your nerve cells, are made of fat. Eating a diet with enough fat leads to better concentration AND better nerve function. Unfortunately for me, my diet high in avocados, almond butter and yogurt didn’t get me an A in calculus, but I’m still hoping it’ll have some effect on my learning ability.

Fuller faster, fuller longer

Fun fact: carbs sometimes get used up really quickly by your body. Now I’m not anti-carb at all, as you can probably tell from all my recipes including oats, sweet potatoes, dates, honey and endless varieties of fruit, but eating foods high in fat is the best way to get and stay full over long periods of time. After years of not eating real breakfasts before school, switching to yogurt or avocado toast in the morning helped me a ton with staying full and concentrated until…well, around second or third hour. But that’s an hour or two longer than just a Fiber One Bar (it was 2010, okay?) was giving me.

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Eating a handful of almonds before leaving for work or school is a great way to ensure that you’ll have energy to use for the rest of the day, not just an hour.

Steady & Stable

Foods high in fat stabilize blood sugar! If you have diabetes running in your family, like I do, this is so important! Nut butters especially, which are high in monounsaturated fat, really help keep blood sugar levels in control. Plus almond butter is delicious.

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Energy packed granola that’ll keep you full and focused for longer! (recipe)

I know this post was kind of long and maybe a little boring for some of you photo centric people, but it’s so important to know WHY you’re following eating instructions from random people on the internet. I’m not a nutritionist, but I do have a high school diploma, which means I must have learned something about credible sources on the internet, right? I hope this post inspires you to stop fearing the fat and start stuffing your faces with avocados and almond butter. Have a wonderful week!

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