By Tim Howden ND BHSc MNHAA
You will be missing out on essential nutrients by choosing "low fat" foods.
You will be doing harm to yourself by eating a low-fat diet and possibly more harm by eating foods that contain synthetic fats. You will be depriving your unborn baby of essential nutrients with Low-fat foods (LFF). Put simply LFF contribute to ill-health and contribute to chronic health problems.
Good quality fat is essential to health
- Choose cold-pressed organic where possible in dark containers.
- Buy small quantities and use them generously don't save them for best.
- Rancid oils cause oxidative stress and cell damage to you body. Never use them!
Good fats includeAvocado, fish, Nuts and Seeds, Lean meats, Eggs, Crustaceans, Fish oils, Evening Primrose oils, Flaxseed oils, Cod liver oils, Wheatgerm oil, Full fat raw milk, Goat and Sheep's milk, Olive oil, Eggs, Almonds, Liver and Soy.
Why fats are important?Fat contains essential nutrients, minerals and vitamins plus trace elements that allow our bodies to heal. Fat is largely responsible for carrying the flavour in food and for creating desirable texture. Good quality fats are abundant in natural whole foods and are essential to good health.
From a physiological point of view good fats are vital for correct cell function. All cells in the body have a fatty bi-layer membrane. This membrane facilitates transport of nutrients and messengers into the cell and allow for wastes to be removed. A diet which lacks quality fat will also be deficient in essential nutrients. This can result in poor cell function and disease.
A diet absent in good fats can lead to health problems
- Chronic inflammation
- Poor immune function
- Bone disease like Rickets
- Eye sight problems
- Weight problems
- Eczema, psoriasis and dandruff
- Nervous tension
- low birth weight
- Diarrhoea and digestive illness
- Poor co-ordination
- Liver and gallbladder disease,
- Haematological conditions
- Accelerated ageing
- Cognitive impairment
- Bleeding disorders
- Poor bone health
What fats to use when
Essential Fatty Acids
- Omega 3
- Omega 6
- Omega 9
- Always buy fresh oils that are stable and in dark containers
- Buy small quantities and use them generously
- Choose the right fat for the job
- Avoid Hydrogenated fats (margarines) and vegetable oil blends
- Healthy fats contain essential nutrient that your body needs
- Healthy fat will keep you immune system primed and your brain smart
- Most take out food
- Confectionary and junk foods
- Margarines and butter alternatives
- Low-fat anything because they have been chemically denatured then infused with synthetic substitutes and additives
- Commercial bakery goods and cakes (pretty much everything in the supermarket!)
- Anything which claims to be 99.9% fat free