We all know that healthy fats are an important part of our diet. Eating the right amount of healthy fat (approx. 1g fat - p/kg body weight - p/day) will help restore intramuscular fat (triglyceride) levels. It also helps control hunger, promote a healthy metabolism (read weight loss), transport fat soluble vitamins throughout your body, boost your immune system and protect your vital organs.
But which fats are the good ones?
Avocado, nuts, seeds and fish are great food sources of healthy fat. With oils, extra virgin olive oil and hemp seed oil are excellent additions to your diet BUT DON'T COOK WITH THEM! They aren't stable when heated to a medium/high heat and will breakdown to become a mess of toxic chemicals.
A great all rounder is cold pressed virgin coconut oil. You can eat it raw, cook with it or rub it on your skin (it's also an excellent makeup remover).
Unlike most other saturated fats, coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides. Your body uses these medium-chain triglycerides differently from other fats. Digesting them is simple and within moments of being ingested they are converted by your liver to provide immediate energy. So they burn like a carbohydrate - making them an excellent source of fuel for exercise.
Solid at room temperature, coconut oil is a great addition to snack recipes. Not only is it nutritionally dense, it provides 'structure' to your bliss balls and other raw snacks when refrigerated. Plus coconut oil is the ideal fat to use for cooking as it can be heated to high temperatures without being converted into trans-fats.
And if you're cooking something that doesn't need the extra favour of coconut oil, use a flavourless variety like Sip of Paradise.
I often add a little coconut oil to my smoothies, plus it's a delicious addition in my choc-nut protein bites.
If you'd like to read more about this amazing superfood + beauty product, take a look at this link to a very comprehensive article on Dr Mercola's website.