Nutrition Soundbites No 2: Fats for Immune System, Brain and Heart Health

Read the bullet points below to confirm the info in the video

  • Nutrients are Essential for Life and Growth
  • Without nutrients we perform poorly, feel unwell, become sick and eventually die
  • Fats, Carbs and Proteins are our Macronutrients
  • Fats are critically important to consume daily
  • Fats are not your enemy
  • Simple carbohydrates are the enemy that make us put on weight and susceptible to chronic disease
  • Healthy fats are essential for heart health by improving cholesterol levels
  • Healthy fats are essential for immune function as they are needed to absorb vitamins A, D, E and K
  • Healthy fats are therefore essential for bone health (vitamin D), eye health (vitamin A), blood clotting (vitamin K) and overall immunity (vitamin E) amongst many others
  • Health fats are essential for brain health making up 60% of the brain
  • Healthy fat is essential for all our cell membranes and the function of our cellular system
  • Too much saturated fat in the diet is bad for our health and heart
  • Best way to improve fat consumption is to reduce or animal protein and dairy and eat a more whole food plant based diet
  • Eat a diet hight in mono and polyunsaturated fat such as nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil etc.
  • Cook with sparingly with fats mainly saturated fats that have higher smoke points and solid at room temperature
  • Do not ever cook with nut oils and other unstable oils as they become toxic when oxidised
  • Eat omega 3 polyunsaturated fat 2-3 times a week or take an omega 3 supplement high in EPA and DHA most days.
  • Best way to get nuts and seeds into your diet is a daily smoothie