For years we've been warned to reduce fat at all costs, without necessarily taking into consideration that when fat is removed, it has to be replaced, often with sugar. The relationships between saturated fat and cardiovascular health is currently coming under scrutiny. Some experts are saying that the war on fats over the last 30 years is akin to the previous war on eggs, which has since been overturned.
Recommendations have gone from eating eggs twice a week to "no limit", according to the NHS. The tide is slowly changing and for good reason ... or rather for many reasons when it comes to fat - which includes saturated fat - but never trans fats.
Fats provide energy and carry out a variety of important functions in the body. Dietary fats supply essential fatty acids and are needed for the absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K (called “fat soluble” vitamins).
In Alchemy, we don't use dairy in any of our goodies or salad boxes simply because we want Alchemy to be a place where the food groups many of us over-consume - like wheat, dairy & refined sugar – are not present.
We're very fond of using coconut oil in particular, a saturated fat, which is loaded with medium chain triglycerides that have been shown to boost metabolism.
Weight loss is far from being as simplistic as calories in and out, those that are burned through exercise or stored due to the sedentary nature of one’s lifestyle.
Many experts advise that eating foods higher in fat will leave you feeling fuller for longer and therefore will lead to an increased likelihood of a natural reduction in overall calorie intake.
Increasing your dietary fat intake and reducing your overall carbohydrate intake, can lead to fewer cravings and steady energy to a reduced need for insulin in the body. Those cravings, dips and peaks in blood sugar and lack of satiety are ultimately the hitch of every crash or fad diet; the reason they’re not sustainable is because they create and sustain a roller-coaster ride that leaves people feeling depleted and much likely to binge eat over time.
Is this true: “Fat is fat: they’re all created equal”?
It seems that sugar is sugar, as far as the body is concerned, although obviously there are benefits to eating dates rather than a couple of teaspoons of caster sugar. But it’s important to remember that a calorie is not just a calorie. Food like avocados may be "high" in calories, but they are a great food and incredibly nutritious.
We’ve mentioned some of the benefits of coconut oil, a saturated fat that in years gone by would have been touted as the type to avoid. Interestingly, we are now being told that vegetable oils when subjected to processes to make spreads or cook fried foods in, are actually rather unstable when subjected to heat.
Finally, it’s important to note that much of the above is based on the premise that with increased fat intake your carbohydrate intake will decrease. For example eating donuts, albeit made with coconut oil and almond flour, if laced with sugar inside and out, the benefits are negated!