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Fats – Where it’s at

Fats – Where it’s at

Fatty acids are essential for health and are particularly important for growing bubs. Most of the nervous system – the brain, spinal column and all the nerves that branch out from there, are largely made from fat. Without enough of it, our brains don’t develop as well, and this can impact everything from memory and concentration to IQ.

Fatty acids are essential for health and are particularly important for growing bubs. Most of the nervous system – the brain, spinal column and all the nerves that branch out […]

Fatty acids are part of every cell of the body. They help make cell walls flexible, and are involved in hormone production, brain development, memory and concentration. Fatty acids help keep skin smooth, supple and moisturised. We need them for good vision and to transport essential fat-soluble vitamins to our cells. Certain fatty acids (such as those in flaxseed oil) help to increase cellular metabolism, aiding in weight loss, while others are involved in building a healthy immune system. Some (including coconut oil) even have antiviral and antibacterial properties. Fats also slow down the rate at which food leaves the stomach and results in a more sustained release of energy and less dips and spikes in blood sugar levels. This can make a huge difference when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. If bub has a nourishing diet with adequate fats, proteins and micronutrients, he or she is more likely to sleep for longer blocks of time.

Eating fats helps provide a slow sustained release of energy, meaning less dips and spikes in blood sugar levels. This can make a huge difference when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.

There are many types of fats (many more than are listed here), each with different functions. Unadulterated, natural saturated fats are equally important to have in the diet, so don’t shy away from them.

Here’s the lowdown:

  • All oils must be extra-virgin and cold-pressed (no heat-treated extraction processes).
  • All liquid oils need to be kept in airtight (preferably glass) containers, jars or bottles to prevent them from oxidising or going rancid.
  • Some oils MUST be refrigerated in airtight bottles. These include flax, walnut, pumpkin and hemp seed oil. These oils are polyunsaturated so they are very unstable and become rancid with exposure to heat and light. This means that while they have great health benefits when they are fresh, they will cause a lot of free radical damage if they are not stored correctly.
  • Cook only with saturated fats, as they are stable at high temperatures.

Good cold pressed oils to use raw:
(For dressings, smoothies etc – make sure they are extra-virgin and cold-pressed)

  • Olive
  • Flaxseed (store in fridge)
  • Walnut (store in fridge)
  • Pumpkin (store in fridge)
  • Hemp seed (store in fridge).

Good fats to use for cooking:

  • Coconut oil
  • Sesame oil mixed with coconut oil
  • Animal fats: drippings from roasts, lard, tallow etc.(only from organically raised animals).
  • Palm oil from sustainable sources (we don’t want to contribute to the extinction of orangutans).

What to avoid:

  • Avoid anything that is simply labelled ‘vegetable oil’ or ‘cooking oil’.
  • Avoid margarine. If you look into how margarine is made, it will be enough to put you off for life! It’s certainly not food!
  • Avoid all vegetable oil spreads, such as those made with olive oil or canola oil. They may have some fancy names but these oils have been partially hydrogenated – a process that creates both oxidised and trans fats. Trans fats are quickly assimilated into cell membranes, but the cell is unable to use the altered form of the fat and so dysfunction ensues. Cancer and cardiovascular disease are just two diseases that can be linked to trans fats. When margarines and vegetable oil spreads hit the market, the rates of these diseases skyrocketed.
  • Avoid foods fried in unsaturated oils.
  • Avoid processed foods containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
  • Avoid soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil and rice bran oil as they are all unstable oils and likely to be heat treated and partially hydrogenated. Soybeans, corn and canola are also likely to be genetically modified.
  • Avoid any foods containing the above oils.

So go to your pantry and fridge and throw out any margarine and any processed (heated) vegetable oils. If you don’t like throwing out food, just remember that it’s not really ‘food’ – just edible food-like products that are damaging your health and that of your bub!

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