Guest blog by Hazel Wallace
Does Eating Fat, Make You Fat?
It is universally accepted that eating fat will make you fat…
The media, food industry and healthcare systems across the world have named and shamed saturated fat consumption as one of the biggest risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease. However, despite the strict protocol of a low fat diet, as outlined by national dietary advice – levels of cardiovascular disease, high serum cholesterol and obesity has continued to increase. This begs the question, is fat completely to blame?
Fats reputation is based on the fact that it offers higher energy content per gram in comparison to protein and carbohydrates. However, it has been recognised that the body does not metabolize fat, carbs and protein in the same way1. So a calorie of fat is not equal to a calorie to carbohydrates, or protein, as your body does not deal with them in the same way.
Fat is very satiating, so it keeps you feeling fuller for longer. This makes it difficult to overeat on a high-fat, low carb diet. However, dietary fat in the presence of large amounts of carbohydrates can make it difficult to access fat for energy, and this can lead to storage of fat and increased weight gain.
Before I continue, I do not believe that any particular diet is the ‘holy grail’ to health, longevity and well-being. It takes research, trial and error and dedication to find out what type of diet suits you and your body. Any diet which completely restricts one food group automatically rings alarm bells, a carbohydrate heavy diet will not do you any favours and similarly neither will a diet purely of protein.
So how do you incorporate fats into your diet?
Here is a list of some of my favourites:
- Olives and Olive oil
- Nuts and Nut butters
- Oily fish: Salmon, mackerel, and herring.
- Coconut oil
Coconut oil is composed of a group of unique medium-chain fatty acids, which are classified as saturated fats. However, although they have a high saturated fat content, this unique type of saturated fat found in coconut oil is called lauric acid.
A note from Lucy
Coconut oil is one of the most concentrated natural sources of medium-chain fatty acids. This is why many athletes now incorporate coconut oil into their diet.
I believe we should all eat food that is unprocessed and as close as possible to being as nature intended. Variety and balance is vital. Lucy Bee coconut oil is the missing piece to the jigsaw of fats in our diet. It’s what I call, Nature’s Perfect Ingredient.
My thanks to Hazel for her thoughts on fats.
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1 Feinman R, Fine E. A calorie is a calorie violates the second law of thermodynamics. Nutr J2004;3:9
2 M. L. Assunção, H. S. Ferreira, A. F. Dos Santos, C. R. Cabral Jr., and T. M. M. T. Florêncio, “Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity,” Lipids, vol. 44, no. 7, pp. 593–601, 2009.
3 Kaunitz H, Dayrit CS. Coconut oil consumption and coronary heart disease. Philippine Journal of Internal Medicine, 1992;30:165-171.
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