10 ways to clean up your diet (6/10): Get your fats straight

June 19, 2015

Avocado toast with chilli and lime recipe

Avocado toast with chilli and lime

We’ve long been led to believe that low-fat foods are healthy and fat is bad for you. But we now know that fat doesn’t make you fat. Let’s rephrase that – good fat doesn’t make you fat; a daily calorie surplus for a sustained period of time does.

Good fats found in oily fish (such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel), nuts, seeds, flaxseed, avocados, olive oil, coconut oil and eggs are essential for warding off diseases and improving brain function, heart health, joints and skin. They even help rid your body of bad fats, keep you full and satisfied, and help curb sugar cravings. See why we love them?

Include a little essential fat in every meal, and ditch the bad kind found in non-lean meats, sausages and processed foods such as packaged cakes and biscuits. Especially avoid foods containing artificial trans fats (labelled ‘partially/hydrogenated vegetable fat’). Better still, make your own food from scratch to be sure you’re cutting them out completely.

Try… sprinkling some pumpkin/sunflower seeds over a salad, cook a stir-fry in coconut oil, add 1 tablespoon of flaxseed to smoothies or porridge, or mash some avocado with lime juice to make a quick guacamole to serve with meat dishes.

View our previous tip (#5) here and our next tip (#7) here

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