This is as common question I get asked all the time – ‘does eating foods high in fat make me put on weight?’

With summer around the corner it’s time to know your facts on fat.

Cholesterol is mostly made by the body in the liver. It’s carried in the blood as low density lipoprotein (LDL)
and high density lipoprotein (HDL). The type of fats we get from our diet affect these levels of cholesterol in
the blood.

Eating too much saturated fat in your diet can raise LDL cholesterol in the blood which can lead to fatty
deposits around the arteries which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Eating too much fat and
sugar can increase the level of triglycerides (fatty substance made mostly by the liver) and raised levels in
the blood have been linked with narrowing arteries.

A small amount of fat is essential to living a healthy balanced diet. Fat is a source of omega 3 fatty acids
which the body can’t make itself. Fat helps the body absorb vitamins that are fat soluble like Vitamin A, D
and E.

So, what’s the conclusion?

Fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar does. Eating good quality fats can help keep
you healthy. Don’t cut out the fat; enjoy it! Eat good fats like:
● Avocados
● Nuts—walnuts, almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, but not peanuts
● Seeds—pumpkin, sesame, chia, hemp
● Fatty fish, including sardines, mackerel, herring, and wild salmon that are rich in omega-3 fats
● Extra virgin olive oil
● Enjoy grass-fed or sustainably raised animal
● Extra virgin coconut butter, which is a great plant-based source of saturated fat that has many
benefits (anti-inflammatory, may help reduce cholesterol)

 

Does fat make us fat?