I’m just going to be blunt. Can we stop with the good fat/bad fat bandwagon? Seriously, good fat/bad fat, say that out loud and tell me it doesn’t sound ludicrous.
Before the ‘but you need healthy fats’ people jump up and come running at me with their coconut and olive oil torches, hear me out.
I agree whole heartedly that our bodies need fat (I’m not going to label it good or bad, it’s fat). What I think becomes of dispute is that we have been lead to believe that extruded, churned, pressed and virgin are all desirable options. That is not the case if you are looking for optimal nutrition and maximum fat benefit.
Enter the avocado. Stage right, nuts. Stage left, seeds. As they dance about in lively whole food form, not only are they full of nutrients, they contain fats. These fats come in their original container. They are enmeshed in fiber and minerals and things that get stuck in your teeth.
You get the experience of breaking down these foods to obtain the benefits of their fats. This is the natural way of things. When seeds, nuts and vegetables are pressed, processed and bottled and oils are consumed, it is nothing but pure fat. All of those 100-120 calories per table spoon, just sloshing around in your gut.
Sure, there may be some benefit to processed fats but the optimal way to get those benefits is by eating the actual plant food the fat was extruded from. Want avocado oil, eat avocados. Want coconut oil, eat coconut.
By eating the whole food, not only do you get the fats but you get them in their perfect delivery system. Just because it is a good thing doesn’t mean you should ingest a concentrated, filtered and processed version of it. Eating fat containing foods also keep you from overeating to get nutrients into your body.
I prefer to eat 100 calories of whole plant food and extract the fat myself along with all of the amazing nutrients that go with it. That is the only ‘good’ fat I will attest to. The rest, the bottled and packaged solitary fats and oils, no, they are empty to me because there is nothing else to them. There is no bang for their calorie buck.
There is no debate. The best fats for your body are fats in their natural form.