by Lisa Bell, Registered Holistic Nutritionist
Fat is a macronutrient which is essential in our diets. The key is choosing the right fats, and avoiding the unhealthy ones (like trans fats in processed and fried or fast foods).
Healthy fats support brain function and mood, balance hormones, boost metabolism, support healthy body composition, reduce our risk of heart disease, build stronger bones and lower risk of osteoporosis, help to lubricate joints and eyes, and keep skin healthy and soft.
Try including more healthy fats in your diet with foods like avocados and avocado oil, olives and extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, hemp oil, raw almonds, walnuts and flaxseeds, oily fish, whole free-range eggs, and organic butter.
Feel free to stop by Foodsmiths any time if you have questions, or for tips on how to include more of these healthy fats into your routine!
Next week, I will go further into detail about which fats to use for high-heat cooking, and which ones should only be used for cold preparations like salad dressings or drizzling on top of cooked foods.