A lot of natural foods can be great for your health, but sometimes we hear about nutrients that seem that they could make you fat. We’re not talking about junk food here, but about useful food products – raw foods that may seem “fatty” but, in fact, are not.
Everyone tries to find food groups that will taste great, fulfill their needs yet keep them healthy. This can be hard to do with the processed foods that you find at the supermarket! Thankfully there are alternatives. Fats that do not make you fat do exist, and here we will cover a few of them.
It is important to remember that there is a huge distinction between healthy fats and unhealthy fats. Low-fat diet are DANGEROUS! The difference comes in choosing what type of fats to include in your diet. Healthy fats are VITAL – for energy, building blocks for cell membranes, hormone production and a healthy brain and nervous system.
1. Coconuts – especially coconut water which has no fat at all, yet is enriched with many minerals and vitamins. This is the best type of drink you can get and also tastes great. You could also eat the flesh part, and that is also very low in fat content.
But the coconut oil itself is a major immune booster as it contains anti-microbial lauric acid (and is second only to breastmilk in its lauric acid content!). It also lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol – for hormones, the nervous system and the brain.
2. Seeds – Many plants produce seeds and they have very little fat, providing you with a lot of health benefits. So even if you require a low intake of fat, concentrate on healthy fat. That way you will only get the amount of fat you need and nothing more, yet a lot of good nutrients will fill your body as well. Seeds such as flax, chia, and hemp also contain good amounts of omega 3 fats. Consumption of an equal amount of both omega 3 and omega 6 rather than the usual 1:20 – 1:50 in most Western diets has been proven essential in the prevention of heart disease.
3. Avocados – These are also great raw foods for you to consume. They contain a lot of vitamin E, which is needed to keep your immune system strong and fight disease. They are also amazing for hormone production. A super-healthy fat to eat on a regular basis. Recent studies have also shown avocados to be helpful in allowing us to absorb other nutrients too – apparently consuming avocados will actually help your internal system digest these other nutrients in a much better way. We use avocados in many of our recipes, like our Avocado Dressing.
4. Olive oil – This is a popular European nutrient and is part of many existing diets, but it also contains fats that do not make you fat, especially cold pressed olive oil. Adding this food to your diet is easy as it can easily be incorporated into so many meals.
5. Nuts – Nuts are also great in this category. Almost all nuts, except peanuts which contains aflatoxin (a highly carcinogenic mycotoxin or mould, formed during the drying process), are very easy to digest and contain many great nutrients for your body, together with a low amount of fat. If you are trying to lose weight, don’t overdo the nuts in your diet though – rather concentrate on other sources of healthy fat instead.
Thanks to these raw foods, you can ensure that you eat enough to feel satisfied, yet do not consume a large amount of fats. This is very important to lose weight and to stay healthy.