For me, the low-fat craze ended a long time ago. We were forever being told that to lead a healthy lifestyle and to lose weight eating low-fat was key, but over the years my thoughts on this whole concept have been spun on its head.
Although there is nothing wrong with eating low-fat food at all and there are certain health risks associated with eating trans fats there are many full-fat foods out there that can be beneficial to our health as well. One of my gripes with low-fat food is that some of them (not all) tend to be pumped full of crap like fillers, artificial flavourings and sugar to overcompensate for their taste that taking out the fat has produced. At first this was the main reason why I ended up going down the full-fat route as the majority of the food is in its purest form and hasn’t been tampered with.
Another thing that struck with eating full-fat over low-fat is that it keeps me fuller for longer compared to low-fat foods. Since it satisfies my appetite for longer I seem to use smaller portions of it too, which means it lasts a bit longer – giving my bank balance something to smile about.
Of course, some full-fat foods aren’t good for you and these tend to be the trans fats found in junk food. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are great for your health and are often found in full-fat dairy, nuts and seeds. Here are my top 3 favourite healthy full-fat foods, although the list could have gone on forever:
I love these creamy green fruits like no other. I use them in my smoothies, on salads and Mexican meals and have recently started to add them on top of my porridge to get some healthy fats in the morning. One of my favourite ways to eat them is with fried eggs with a super runny yolk. Not only are they full of nourishing heart-healthy fats they are also a great source of anti-oxidants and vitamins like vitamin C that can help protect the body from certain conditions.
I’ve harped on about coconut oil for a while now and it’s still a well-used product in my house. From cooking, baking, moisturising and now as a treatment for my hair the uses for coconut oil seem endless. I also like to add a tablespoon to my porridge and smoothies to make them more nutrient dense and it works well as a replacement for butter in baking. There’s a fudge recipe that I’ve tested that will be coming on the blog soon and coconut oil features heavily in that. I just love the stuff!
Dairy is one of the main food areas that has been hit hard by the low-fat brigade with low-fat yoghurt, butter and cheeses being the most popular. I prefer the taste of full-fat dairy and find that I use less of it because it keeps me fuller for longer.
Just to make a point, I’m not anti-low fat at all, I’ve just experienced some great health benefits of eating lots of healthy full-fat foods and think that full-fat deserves it’s time in the limelight. The theory that full-fat is bad for us to me is a little outdated and more emphasis should be put on eating healthy full-fat foods that nourish and protect the body.
Do you think the low-fat craze is overkill? What is your opinion on eating full-fat over low-fat? What are your favourite full-fat foods?