The other day we were handing out free green smoothie samples to a bunch of lucky ladies. One of the key ingredients in our green smoothies is coconut milk. Before many of the women would touch the smoothie they asked, “Is it light coconut milk?” When we replied no, they immediately declined our offer for a gorgeous green-antioxidant rich smoothie. As nutritionists, it’s really hard to hear people tout about the harms of fat and how eating fat = fat buns, fat thighs, fat arms, fat (insert self-conscious body part here). We are here to dispel this myth!
We NEED fats.
- Fats give us energy
- Fats protect and cushion our vital organs and nourish our fatty organs – like our brain!
- They are the building blocks for the hormones in our body (like our sex hormones) and other hormone-like substances
- Fat insulates and regulates our body temperature – not having any fat on your body in the winter = freezing to death
- Fat helps us transport and absorbed our ‘fat-soluble’ vitamins - Vitamin A, D, E, K – these are some of our most important vitamins for maintaining immunity, bone health, cardiovascular health and the list goes on…
If We’ve Been On a Low Fat Diet Since the 50’s Why Are People Still Fat?
In the 1950’s research came out that concluded dietary fat = heart disease. However, the research was faulty and since then an insane amount of research has come to actually prove the opposite. A diet lacking in good fats can lead to many problems such as chronic fatigue, depression, weight gain, intense mineral deficiencies and cancer.
It is true that some fats are bad for us. Most fat in our bodies and in the food we eat are in the form of triglycerides (TGs), and elevated blood levels of TGs has been linked to heart disease. But, the TGs in our blood do not come directly from dietary fats, rather, they are made in the liver from excess sugar and other refined carbs. So, the real culprit of weight gain = SUGAR! And guess what the main ingredient is in most fat-free and low-fat products….sugar!
Not All Fats are Created Equally. The Skinny on Coconut Fat. Coconut Oil (Virgin/raw)
- Although coconut oil is 92% saturated fat (just breathe), this type of saturated is called “medium chain fatty acid” – this type of fat is not processed in our body like most fats and is actually immediately converted into quick energy.
- So, when you are feeling that 3pm slump or any energy lows throughout the day taking a bit of coconut oil in water or making a coconut oil smoothie is a fantastic idea to get your energy levels back up.
- Coconut oil contains ‘lauric acid’, which become anti-viral and anti-bacterial in the body combating unwanted pathogens that make us sick. The only other substance that contains this much lauric acid is breast milk – the most natural food designed for human consumption!
- Coconut oil is also proven to boost metabolism!
3/4 cup coconut milk 3/4 cup almond milk 1 large banana ½ cup of strawberries 1 tbsp of coconut oil 1 tsp cinnamon
Throw all ingredients in a blender and blend until desired consistency. Drink, enjoy and feel energized!