For a long time, the narrative has been that fat is the enemy. Whole-fat anything was to be avoided, and low fat was the better option to stay slim and fit. However, for the first time in 35 years, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services removed the limit on total fat consumption in the American diet in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. What does that mean for you? Fat is back baby, but like all things, only the good kinds and only in moderation.
So what are the good kinds of fats? Healthy fats usually refer to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats from healthy sources like seeds, nuts, avocados, and olives. The right kind of saturated fats, like coconut oil, are also good for your health. Again, as long as these are eaten in moderation, they can be a good health boost to your diet.
There are a couple of reasons why whole-fat food is good for you. Fat is essential for the absorption of certain fat-soluble vitamins, like vitamins A, D, E, and K; fat also provides essential amino acids. The healthy fats found in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated foods — like coconut oil, high in lauric acid, help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels already in the normal range, encourage heart health, and improve inflammatory response.
Let’s Talk Low-Fat Foods
A big reason to stay away from low-fat foods, as opposed to whole-fat foods, is that they are usually less rich in nutrients. This is because in order to replace the flavor, consistency, and texture that fat provides, fillers, artificial ingredients, and oftentimes sugar are used to make a food that is low-fat taste good. More often than not, these end up being worse for your health than eating natural, whole-fat food.
Making the switch back to whole-fat foods is really easy. Make sure none of the packaged food you buy has “low fat” on the label. And check the ingredients to see if there is a source of fat in the product. If there is, make sure the sourcing is high quality, like the organic coconut milk powder used in Vital Proteins Mocha Collagen Creamer. Reach for foods with healthy fats like avocados, nuts, eggs, and nut butter to get all-natural sources of whole fats into your diet.