When you’re in a rush every day, it’s easy to just grab whatever you have in your pantry, regardless of its nutritional content. We get it. Besides, when you have so much going on, it’s almost impossible to micro-analyse your nutrient intake – especially when it comes to controversial ones like fats. Fats are probably the most interesting macromolecules. They’ve been given a bad rap over the years, being associated with the risk of heart disease. Many people avoided them like the plague, and low-fat diets gained a huge following. What many people don’t know is that not all fats are created equal. There are unsaturated, saturated, and trans fats. Of the three types, it’s the trans fats that you should stay away from.
Ever since fat was demonized, people started eating more sugar, refined carbs and processed foods instead. However, times are changing. Studies now show that fat, including saturated fat, isn’t the devil it was made out to be 1, 2. All sorts of healthy foods that happen to contain fat have now returned to the “superfood” scene. Whereas most fruits primarily contain carbs, avocados are loaded with fats. The main fatty acid is a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid.
In fact your intake of dietary fat should be higher than your intake of protein. Fat keeps you feeling fuller and also, when in ketosis, your body is burning the fat for energy. So how can you increase your fat intake? Other good sources include pork belly, fattier cuts of beef such as rib-eye. I love avocado and recommend it to all Atkins followers. So make guacamole by mashing a ripe avocado, add sliced avocado to salads or omelettes or just have a snack. Avocados are high in healthy monounsaturated fats. So enjoy eggs and always eat the yolk which is where the fat is. Eggs are extremely satisfying and having eggs for breakfast has been shown to reduce appetite for the rest of the day.