So many people look at labels and turn away food because it is high in fat. Well, guess what, we need healthy fats in our diet as fat is an essential nutrient and one of the primary sources of energy for the body. Fat plays a role in supporting immunity, insulating internal organs, maintaining healthy hair and skin, brain health, maintaining blood sugar balance, hormonal balance and reproductive health.
Fats are also NEEDED to properly absorb vitamins, such as Vitamin A, D, E and K. These are fat-soluble vitamins and are literally dissolved and absorbed in fat globules that travel through the lymphatic system of the small intestines and into the general blood circulation within the body. In short, to reap the benefits from these vitamins you need to eat fat!
So, what kind of fat you may ask? Well, natural whole foods such as fresh butter, cream, raw milk, tuna, eggs, oysters, oily fish such as salmon and sardines, animal fats such as liver, nuts, seeds, extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil and avocados to name a few. The higher quality of the fat, the more likely it is to contain fat soluble vitamins. Fats are needed to properly absorb the fat soluble vitamins in many plants, so pair up your salad with some healthy oil, avocado and nuts and seeds. It helps keep you feeling fuller for longer, maintains blood sugars and balances hormones. Remember, healthy fats can help you burn fat, taste good and help us to not overeat, so ultimately help with weight management.