If your answer is yes to this question it’s not surprising given, for many years, we were lead to believe that fat and cholesterol causes heart disease.
However, this diet-heart hypothesis was later discredited as fraudulent science when the real culprit was, and still is, sugar.
For a quick overview of this – watch this short video titled ‘Big Fat Lie’s.
If you want to learn even more about this topic, I recommend reading Coronary Heart Disease: The Dietary Sense and Nonsense by G, Mann who stated in his book “the public is being deceived by the greatest health scam of the century”.
Anyway, getting back to the facts on fat.
Fats from whole food sources are an important source of energy.
Too many people are using glucose as their main source of fuel, which is preventing them from losing weight because their bodies are not efficient fat-burners.
Healthy fats also supply the body with essential fatty acids which help the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, which are instrumental in mediating inflammation.
But the real biggie … which is super relevant for shift workers who are in a constant battle with sugar-cravings thanks to a sleep-disrupted lifestyle, is that when we consume the right kind of fat, it keeps us feeling fuller for longer, and helps to sustain our energy levels!!!
In other words, your cravings for the sweet stuff tends to diminish if you incorporate more fats from whole food sources into your diet.
Pretty cool hey?!
I do want to make mention, however, that whole food sources is the key because trans fats and poor-quality vegetable oils found in processed foods like deep-fried food, cakes and biscuits are pro-inflammatory and will cause havoc on your health in the long-term.
Sorry to burst your bubble on this, but I do have your best interests at heart I promise!
The 3-types of fats include saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated which are further categorised into omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. They are referred to as essential because your body cannot produce them so we must include them in our diet.
Some great whole food sources of healthy fats include:
Grass-fed butter, avocados, olives, macadamia nuts, oily fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, and almonds to name a few!
So try incorporating a few of these whole food source of fat into your diet this week and see if you begin to notice a difference in your energy levels and that of your sugar cravings.
I have a sneaky suspicion that you will!
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Noakes, T 2021, ‘Ancel Key’s Cholesterol Con. Part 1. How an insecure and unproven hypothesis became a global unchallenged dogma’, The Noakes Foundation, http://thenoakesfoundation.org/news/ancel-keys-cholesterol-con-part-1