11th November 2016

The Little Red Dot

“You shouldn’t eat too many Saturated Fats”, this is a consistent argument amongst the coconut and avocado lovers out there, the details of this statement needs further examination.

Yes, we should watch what we eat and always eat in moderation (Mother’s voice in my head), yet studies are proving that eating the right type of fats have cholesterol lowering properties and are perfect for a strong, healthy heart. It is a misconception that consuming saturated fat causes high Cholesterol as studies are proving that

The cause of heart disease is no longer attributed to saturated fats and cholesterol, but rather a number of factors inherent in modern diets, including an excess consumption of vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats. Numerous population studies have shown that people living in countries where large quantities of coconut oil and other saturated fats are consumed, have remarkably good cardiovascular health.

These good fats can improve blood cholesterol levels, lower your risk of heart disease, and benefit insulin levels and blood sugar. Omega-3 fats are particularly beneficial for your brain and mood. The best sources are fish, nuts, and seeds.

Good Fats

Monounsaturated fat

  • Avocados
  • Olives
  • Nuts (almonds, peanuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews)
  • Natural peanut butter (containing just peanuts and salt)

Polyunsaturated fat

  • Walnuts
  • Soymilk and tofu
  • Sunflower, sesame, flax, and pumpkin seeds
  • Fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, trout, sardines)

Bad: trans fats

So don’t be put off by our little red dot, it is actually full to the brim of the good fats!

Source: https://www.coconutsecret.com/saturatedfats2.html