If you thought all fats were bad, you're not alone. There has been some controversy around fats and whether they are good for us or not. I am going to try to break down some myths and give you the 101 on healthy vs. unhealthy fats, so you don’t miss your opportunity to get glowing from the inside out, with the help of the super skin-loving nutrients in healthy fats.
Heavily processed, hydrogenated “trans” fats used in prepared, packaged foods can be extremely damaging to the body. They can compromise the cardiovascular system, immune system, and contribute to behavior problems. They can also lead to weight gain, skin breakouts, high blood pressure, and liver strain.
Some examples of foods that typically contain trans fats:
Commercial baked goods, such as cookies, cakes, and pies
Fried foods, including french fries, doughnuts, and fried chicken
Buttered microwavable popcorn
Our bodies need healthy fats for insulation, vitamin and mineral absorption, and to protect our organs. High-quality fats can steady our metabolism, keep hormone levels even, nourish our skin, hair, and nails, and provide lubrication to keep the body functioning fluidly.
Where to find healthy fats
Avocados, olives, and coconuts are great sources of healthy fat, along with wild salmon and omega-3 rich organic eggs.
Whole nuts and seeds, and their butters like almond butter or tahini
Look for the highest-quality organic oils when shopping.
Words to look for: organic, first-pressed, cold- pressed, extra-virgin, and unrefined.
Avoid expeller-pressed, refined, and solvent extracted.
For cooking at high temperatures (stir frying and baking), try butter, ghee (clarified butter), or coconut oil.
When sautéing foods, try organic extra virgin olive oil.
Oils like flaxseed, sesame, toasted sesame, walnut, and pumpkin seed are best used unheated in sauces or dressings.
Try this delicious, easy recipe....
Prep Time: 3 minutes Makes 1 cup
1 large peeled and pitted avocado
2/3 cup plain yogurt, goat yogurt, coconut yogurt, or almond yogurt
1 diced tomato
a squirt of lemon or lime juice
1 tbsp cilantro or to taste
dash or two of cayenne pepper
sea salt and black pepper
Mash avocado with a fork until very smooth.
Add yogurt, tomato, cayenne. Blend until smooth. This may be done in a food processor, in a blender, or with a fork.
Add sea salt, fresh black pepper and cilantro to taste.
Serve chilled with mixed raw vegetables or homemade glutten free or whole grain toasted tortilla strips
Tip: Best made a maximum of 1 hour before serving.
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