FAT IS AN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT!
Medically reviewed by Natalie Butler, RDN, LD.
Fat is commonly misconceived as a cause of the rising obesity rates and health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol. Misconceptions and false advertising are making people think they need to avoid fat, but fats are essential to your diet for numerous reasons and are actually a natural part of most foods. The body needs it, which is why humans have consumed it since the beginning of time. Fat is satiating and helps you feel full so you are more likely to eat less.
Fats provide your body with fuel and improves the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K. Without fat your body wouldn’t be able to absorb these essential vitamins. Fat aids in body temperature regulation by acting as an insulator and filling up your body’s adipose tissue. Fatty acids in fats play a significant role in blood clotting, managing inflammation, and brain development.
Your body can’t make essential fatty acids such as linoleic and linolenic acid, so you need to obtain them from your diet. MUFU and PUFA (lino–lenic acids) can be found in various nuts like almonds and macadamia nuts, which are predominant in SuperFat.
Macadamia nuts are one of the few food sources that contain palmitoleic acid.
This special type of monounsaturated fatty acid has been scientifically proven to help speed up fat metabolism, helping to reduce weight loss and may prevent weight gain. Macadamia nuts are also naturally satiating so you stay fuller longer and keep hunger at bay.
About 80% of the fat in macadamia nuts is monounsaturated fat while also containing omega-3 fatty acids. With 9 calories per gram, fat is the most powerful food fuel source-providing twice as much fuel as proteins or carbohydrates. Because carbohydrates, whether from food intake or stored glycogen in the body, are usually burned within the first 120 minutes of moderate to intense exercise, your body also relies on its fat stores for energy for lower intensity or sustained activity.
SuperFat is a fuel source while fasting or following a low carb diet
While the word “fasting” may sound daunting, this popular diet technique is becoming more and more widespread as people are seeing amazing results. A decent amount of research has proven that fasting has a positive impact on the body’s blood sugar, cognition, and weight, so it’s no surprise that so many people are jumping on the intermittent fasting bandwagon. For those concerned that the diet will be too hard to maintain or leave them feeling too hungry, SuperFat may be the solution.
While it may seem counterintuitive to eat food high in calories while you’re trying to shed pounds, nuts contain something that many other foods do not – plant fat. SuperFat has polyunsatured fat, which is scientifically proven to alter the physiological markers for satiety and hunger. SuperFat contains plant fats, protein, and high amounts of fiber - a dynamic trifecta to help keep you feeling fuller longer. Eating SuperFat during the feeding window of an intermittent fasting schedule or following a low carb diet may help you lose weight faster and keep you feeling full all day long.
FATS 101: The good, the bad, the ugly...and the SUPER!
Does my body need fats? Yes! Dietary fats help support cell growth and give your body fuel. They also do cool things like help protect your organs and regulate your body temperature. They even help your body absorb some nutrients and produce vita hormones. Every human body needs fat.
Are there different kinds of fats? There are FOUR major types of dietary fats in our food supply. They include: saturated fats, trans fats, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Each of these fats have different physical properties, effects in the body and chemical structures.
How are fats part of a healthy diet? As mentioned, every person needs fat in their diet. Just remember to choose natural, whole foods that are minimally processed and contain little or no sugar. SuperFat is one way to make fats a part of your diet. SuperFat is made from a delicious blend of macadamia nuts and almonds; reliable and quick sources of fuel for your body.
Do all fats have the same number of calories? Every gram of fat contains 9 calories, regardless of the fat type. Proteins and carbohydrates provide 4 calories per gram, which is why so often fats are more energy-dense.
When is fat bad? Fat unfortunately is often combined with unhealthy ingredients in processed foods that contain added sugars and low nutrients. Baked goods, chips, candy, soda, and processed snack foods are all examples of foods that often lead to our country’s obesity epidemic. The saturated fat in these products is not always the problem, it’s the combination of sugar and fat that may be unhealthy in terms of general nutrient content.
Omega-3 fatty acids are incredibly important for optimal health and have multiple health benefits. They are found in whole foods like fatty fish as well as from nuts and seeds, especially in walnuts and flaxseed. Adding SuperFat, a source of omega-3’s and other beneficial fats, to your diet can be a great way to ensure optimal omega-3 and fat intake. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have numerous healthy benefits including the following:
- Improve numerous heart disease risk factors.
- Reduce the chronic inflammation that often leads to heart disease, cancer, and other various diseases.
- Omega-3s help fight autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, and rheumatoid arthritisMay help prevent age-related mental decline and Alzheimer's disease.
- Can improve bone strength and joint health, leading to a reduced risk of arthritis and osteoporosis.
- Can help keep skin cells healthy and reduce premature aging of the skin. It may also help protect the skin from sun damage.
MCT oil found in SuperFat, has been shown to increase the release of one hormone that promotes the feeling of fullness in the body: leptin. In addition, a slower rise in glucose following a meal has also been noted when MCT is included in the meal. Your body may use MCT oil as an instant source of energy making it less necessary to store fat for this purpose. MCT as part of a healthy diet may help you eat less throughout the day.
MCTs can be converted into ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fat when carb intake is low. If you’re following a ketogenic diet, which is very low in carbs yet high in fat, then taking MCT oil can help you stay in the fat-burning state known as ketosis. SuperFat is a great way to help you stay on track when following a Keto Diet.MCT oil can help optimize the growth of good bacteria and support the gut lining, which could also positively influence your weight.
MCTs are quickly metabolized into ketones, shuttling energy to your body. Clean, fast-acting energy source for the body and brain, and supports:
- Sustained energy levels, without crashes
- Cognition and mental clarity
- Proper metabolic function
- Proper cellular function.
Sugar is Bad. (Seriously).
Sugar is bad for you because it is empty calories. Junk food... or whatever you want to call it, sugar increases your blood sugar and your triglycerides, which puts you at greater risk for heart disease and diabetes. (Fat in the blood is known as triglycerides and cholesterol). Additionally, sugar is extremely calorie-dense, so you can easily consume a lot of it from eating foods that contain added sugar without it providing much fullness.
There’s really nothing good about sugar because it does several things: it displaces more nutritious foods in your diet, it adds empty calories to your diet and/or raises blood sugar above what is physiologically healthy.
A lot of research has been done on the impact of added sugars. Remember, we’re talking about sugar in processed foods, not the sugar naturally occurring in fruits and dairy products. Added sugars put your body at risk for a poor lipid (cholesterol) profile, which include higher triglycerides, higher LDL levels (bad cholesterol) and lower HDL (good cholesterol) as well as obesity. A poor lipid profile and a higher weight and waist circumference puts you at risk for heart diseases, diabetes, and more. Research also shows that added sugars in the diet can lead to a risk of high blood pressure.
While the sugar industry has tried to push the health crisis blame on fat, it’s becoming more clear that the problem is actually the excessive intake of sugar and processed foods that lack any nutritional value. Foods that contain a lot of added sugar do not provide the satiety that you get from healthy foods and blood sugar rises then crashes which stimulates feelings of hunger. For that reason, people are more likely to consume more calories when they eat sugary foods.
Instead of reaching for a sugary snack that will leave you feeling unsatisfied, hungry after an hour or so, and even drain your energy, reach for SuperFat. You’ll get the boost you need while fueling your body with powerful fats and plenty of fiber to satiate your hunger and keep you full longer.
Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
*please consult your doctor before starting any new type of diet