Growing up, my elementary school classrooms were on the ‘peanut-free-zone’ bandwagon before it became a regular thing in schools. I always had at least one kid with nuts allergies in my class, so nuts of any kind weren’t allowed. I grew up on various lunch-meat sandwiches rather than peanut butter and jelly, and any granola bars I had were the nut-free ones. I don’t even remember having peanut butter until I was in my first year of university, when I quickly became hooked. My usual breakfast was two pieces of toast with peanut butter and a banana.
When I started ‘getting healthy’ and paying more attention to my food, I remember flipping around a jar of peanut butter to look at the nutritional info. My eyes popped out of my head as I looked at the fat content and the calorie count. I remember thinking to myself “oh…guess I won’t be having that anymore.”
Oh goodness, the low-fat craze. When we were all convinced that a high-fat diet was going to lead us straight to heart disease. Thank god I got past that and have really started embracing healthy fats in my diet. Not only do they make me feel more satisfied after a meal, but fats are in fact REALLY good for our health. We’ve known about the importance of monounsaturated fats such as the fats found in olive oil and nuts for a little while now, but recent research suggests that saturated fats (found in red meat and coconut, for example) actually have benefits as well (as opposed to originally being seen as fats to avoid – Robyn has a great post on coconut oil).
So basically – fats. Eat ‘em. Your body will thank you Thanks to Arman for getting us to talk about this important macronutrient!
1. What is your favourite fat source?
Nut or coconut butter. Best topping for everything!
2. What is your favourite nut? Your favourite nut butter?
I tend to prefer nut butter to eating nuts straight up, but…cashews would have to win out. As for nut butter, I am a serious peanut butter lover.
Skippy Natural is my go-too, but I really like PB&Co…whenever I buy their Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, it lasts a week, tops. Yes, they all have added sugar but totally worth it in my opinion.
3. What fat receives unfair flack? What fat is most overrated?
My first answer is egg yolks – I know most people in the blogworld know how beneficial the yolk is, but in the ‘real world’, a lot of people still buy into the idea that whole eggs will raise cholesterol. FALSE! Research now shows that cholesterol in food has a much smaller effect on levels of LDL (harmful) cholesterol than originally thought. If you have heart disease you probably don’t want to down half a dozen a day, but moderate egg consumption (including the yolk) is beneficial for health.
Also, Amy mentioned this yesterday and I think it’s worth mentioning as well – red meat has received a lot of unfair flack as it’s high in saturated fat. But, now that we’re learning that saturated fat can be beneficial, we should also talk about the fact that it’s high in protein and is a a good source of iron, zinc, and b vitamins – all things we need in our diet!
Saturday, Eric and I went out for shawarma at Barakat downtown.. Usually, I go for falafel or chicken, but I was really craving beef for some reason. A few years ago I would have shrugged it off and gone for my usual order (because OMG saturated fat!), but apparently my body was craving some nutrients that can be found in red meat (probably iron, as mine tends to err on the low side). So, beef shawarma and a side salad it was.
As for most overrated…hard to say. I like coconut oil, but I don’t really love it for roasting or cooking with. I prefer olive oil for cooking with, and coconut oil for baking and for using on my skin and lips when they’re feeling dry. Although, I’ve been finding that if I use it on my face I break out – anyone else have a similar result?
4. Link up to a favourite recipe embracing fats.
An older recipe, but I seriously love it - Coconut Dipped Baked Banana Donuts. Can’t go wrong with a coconut butter glaze!
5. What is your perception of this macronutrient?
(I accidentally typed out ‘perfection’ in the question – so that’s a good indication of how I’m feeling about it). Like I mentioned earlier, I am loving fat right now. Meals are more satisfying, my skin, hair and nails are all looking better, and hopefully, my hormones are starting to sort themselves out. What’s not to love?
6. What benefits to fats play in your personal eating habits?
The deliciousness that is peanut butter on rice cakes, pancakes, mugcakes and toast, eating veggies that have been liberally doused in oil prior to cooking…it’s all definitely adding TASTE to a lot of my meals! The last time that I went grocery shopping and bought mozzarella I accidentally bought the ‘light’ version. It doesn’t taste as good, you need more of it, it doesn’t melt very well…ohmygod I need my full-fat cheese back. It’s so much more satisfying, it’s ridiculous. Oh, and avoiding low-fat food means less frankenfoods, sugar, and chemicals in my body = win (because quite often when companies make a product low-fat, they add sugar, stabilizers and chemicals instead).
Peanut butter all the things.
Fats are playing a huge role in my diet right now and I’m loving every second of it. Do not be afraid of the fat! Of course, the selfie:
I wore jeans and makeup on a weekday, which needed documenting. And also: I will be cleaning the mirror today…
Have a good one!
<— Have you ever fallen into the ‘low-fat diet’ trap?
<— Would you rather eat whole nuts or nut butter?
<— Favourite kind of nut/seed butter? I’ve never tried sunflower seed butter, so I think that’s next on my list.
<— Do you wear makeup on a regular basis? When I was going to class I would wear it every day, but since working at home…maybe once or twice a week? I’m starting to forget what I look like when I wear eyeliner…
The winner of the North Coast Naturals giveaway is Ellen P. – congrats! The winner has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who participated!