Wait, did you read that headline correctly? Does it really say that by eating a variety of fats you will actually get healthier? The answer to both is a resounding yes. But with a caveat. Don’t eat man made trans fats, such as those found in things like a Twinkie. Those are unhealthy, as far as we know. However, you should be including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, olive oil, and fish, as well as saturated fats in your diet. Here’s why.
Probably the most well known and shunned form of saturated fats is butter. But it has gotten an unfair reputation, stemming back to the 1970’s when the nutritional community believed fats caused heart disease. Butter, especially when it comes from grass fed cows is full of healthy, fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin K2 which helps your body correctly utilize calcium.
The second most common “bro science” food to shun is the egg yoke. I can’t even begin to count the times that I’ve read an article which talks about the health qualities of egg whites. Yes, egg whites have lean protein. However, the yoke is really where the egg becomes one of the healthiest foods around. Egg yolks contain B vitamins, as well as vitamin D which nearly all of us are deficient in, and a host of other healthy nutrients. So the next time you’re out to breakfast, order the regular omelet.
Finally, we have bacon. My dad likes to call bacon, “the vegetarian antidote.” My dad is a farm boy at heart. He would never be a vegetarian. There is nothing inherently wrong with the vegetarian diet (read how to even get enough protein on it here) but bacon is delicious and you can’t have that and be vegetarian. Anyway, most people have long believed bacon does not fit into a healthy diet. This is wrong. Bacon from pigs raised in a healthy, humane environment is a wonderful source of choline, which has been shown to ward of Alzheimer’s. If that’s not enough reason to eat another slice with your eggs, I don’t know what is.
Now, one thing to remember with fat is that it is calorie dense. You need to understand that one gram of fat is worth over 2 grams of carbohydrates or protein. So plan accordingly. If you’d like some help understanding that better, check out our Nutrition Seminar coming up in November where you’ll learn how to structure a healthy meal plan to help you reach your fitness and health goals. Also, remember that being active allows your body to utilize the food you eat as fuel. We put a big emphasis on nutrition and eating for a healthy, sustainable lifestyle at Summit Strength & CrossFit SSP. To finally know what that means, get started with us here.