Add some fat!

April 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm 2 comments

Remember the days when everything was fat-free? I call it the Kingdom of the Snackwells. My God, how many fat-free chocolate devil cake cookies did I eat back then? Must’ve been hundreds.  Ooh, and those vanilla creme sandwiches!

Experts have changed their tune and now recommend eating a diet with fat–healthy fats, that is. Primary sources of good-for-you fats include avocado, nuts, seeds, legumes, and olive oil. (FYI, a discussion of fats in an of itself is a different post, but I’m taking today’s musing in a different direction…stay with me!)

One of the main reason we need fats is to absorb certain vitamins that are fat soluble: meaning, they are absorbed in the intestinal lining with the help of lipids (fats). These 4 vitamins are A, D, E, K.  No fat with them, no vitamins.

So, my message to you, friends: DO NOT USE FAT-FREE SALAD DRESSING! First off, that shizz is filled with artificial crap. You don’t need that.  Second, picture your lovely mound of vegetables and all the wonderful nutrients inside of them. Those fat-soluble ones need FAT to be absorbed in your body–in the form of olive oil, nuts, avocado, etc. 

Remember all those times you just got balsamic vinegar and thought you were being really “good” and were so proud of yourself ? Well, sorry to tell you, you were wrong.

If you get squeamish at the thought of -gasp!- oil being poured onto your salad, throw in some nuts, seeds, or my fave, avocado. As mentioned above, those are all examples of good, healthy fats that will partner with your fat-soluble vitamins.  You could even be REALLY daring and make your own dressing!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kate  |  April 17, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Wow, had no idea. Love balsamic and always go for the fat free even though it doesn’t taste as good. Is the balsamic ok if I go for the regular one?

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    • 2. Amanda  |  April 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Kate..Yes, I would go for the regular balsamic. My tip is to get it on the side, always, so you can guage the amount of dressing that goes on your salad. If you like avocado, nuts, seeds, etc., add some of those, too!

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