Dietary fat has six major roles, which are to:
- Provide an energy source,
- Manufacture and balance hormones,
- Form our cell membranes,
- Form your brain and nervous system.
- Transport fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K), and
- Help you feel full.
Healthy fats won’t influence blood sugar levels or increase insulin in the body. Adding small amounts to your meals prevents hunger from creeping in later.
Great sources for cooking include olive oil and coconut oil. Other sources of healthy fats include animal food, nuts, flax seeds, avocado, fish oil, flax oil. Spread them throughout the day but make sure to add them into your diet.
My top two favorite oils to add to your recipes are:
- Olive oil
- Coconut Oil
These are two of my favs because they have a very high smoking point, so they are easy to cook with.
Olive oil is well known to be one of the most ‘heart-friendly’ oils around and coconut oil contains triglycerides which can actually be utilized by the muscles for energy instantly (whereas all other fats can’t). If you had to choose just two oils to be including in your diet regularly, these would definitely top the list of the best ones to choose both for their health benefits and their fat loss powers.
I add 1tbsp of olive oil & 1tsp of vinegar to my salads instead of using purchased dressings that can be high in fat and/or sugar and contain lots of preservatives.