Guess what I'm obsessed with these days...FAT. Yes, fat. But only GOOD fat. You may be wondering, what fat could possibly be good. How about fat that helps your body absorb vitamins, fuel your brain, and BURN belly fat...yes, you read that right! They're even known to lower bad cholesterol. Yes, the calories from these healthy fats are actually really GOOD for you - it's a complete myth that all calories are created equal! I'm proud to say that I eat a high-FAT diet ;)
So how do you know which fats are actually good? When reading food labels, look for polyunsaturated (ie. omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids) and monounsaturated fats. Avocados, extra virgin olive oil, seeds, and nuts & nut butters (esp. almonds, walnuts and cashews) are all excellent sources. And I make sure every bottle of Sam Lives has around 14g of good fats from organic ingredients like hemp seeds & extra virgin olive oil!
Even saturated fats found in raw nuts and unrefined coconut oil can be extremely healthy when they're naturally occurring. However, if you see the words refined or that the food product has been artificially manipulated (as is the case with Trans Fats) - stay far far away!
For more info from nutritionists on healthy fats and "good" calories, click here for an awesome article on the NYTimes. Or check out the amazing film, Fed Up, that debunks all of the awful food myths out there!
If you have any questions, I'd also love to hear from you! Please don't hesitate to shoot me a message on the Sam Lives Facebook page or Instagram: @Sam_Lives. Let's eat yummy REAL food, spread the truth, and LIVE healthier!