It is a very misleading concept that we should stay away from fat in our daily diet. Some people tend to over stress on the fat content of foods and think that all fat is unhealthy for them and will cause weight gain. False, false, and false. Humans need fat to survive and function. It is hence important to learn the difference between good fat and bad fat.
What role does fat play in our body ?
Simply put, our body is made of cells and each cell is covered by fat (oils). 60% of our brain is made fat. The brain uses fat to keep apart from each of its billions of nerve cells.The better insulated a cell, the faster it sends messages and the quicker your thinking becomes.
Fat not only insulates your body, it is also an essential source of energy. While carbohydrates are the main source of fuel in your body, your system turns to fat as a backup energy source when carbohydrates are not available.
Some vitamins depend on fat for absorption, such as Vitamins A, D, E and K. These are the fat-soluble vitamins, which cannot function without adequate daily fat intake. And our body needs these vital vitamins to stay healthy.
Good fat and bad fat.
There are fats that are good for us, like the Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9. These contain antioxidants that help to lower the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol, and have proven effects on lowering high blood pressure.
Healthy fats are those fats that are found in nature in an unprocessed form, such as walnuts, flax seeds, hemp seeds and dark, leafy greens.
The answer for a healthy diet isn’t to cut out the fat—it’s to replace bad fats with the good ones that promote health and well-being.
Unsaturated fats are considered “good” fats and are encouraged as part of a healthy diet. Eating foods rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat can improve blood cholesterol levels and lower your risk of heart disease. These fats may also benefit insulin levels and controlling blood sugar, which can be especially helpful if you have type 2 diabetes. These good fats include: Avocados, Nuts, Olives, seeds, and fishes.
On the other hand, some of the bad fats include, commercially baked goods such as cookies, crackers, cakes, muffins, pie crusts, pizza dough, breads or hamburger buns. Other bad fats can be find in packaged snack foods such as chips, candy, crackers, etc. Most fried foods, such as french fries, fried chicken, nuggets, breaded food items, taco shells, etc also contain a large amount of bad fats. Cakes, cake mixes, pancakes, chocolate milk are also guilty of containing them.
Bad fats increase the amount of harmful cholesterol in the bloodstream and reduces the amount of beneficial cholesterol. They also create inflammation, which is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. They contribute to insulin resistance, which increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
In order to avoid including bad fats in our menu. MELU's product are all unbaked and are mostly raw. There is no oil in any of our hot food items and only coconut oil is used in our raw health bars !