Ahead of Brain Awareness Week, taking place on 13th – 19th March, I wanted to talk about the role of healthy, essential fats in terms of our brain health.
Unfortunately, I find a lot of people in clinic tend to avoid eating fat as there is a fear that ‘fat makes you fat’, but actually the opposite is true (if eating the right types & amount). Therefore, fat is not something to avoid! For starters, it’s essential for normal growth and development. Furthermore, dietary fat also provides energy, helps the body absorb & process nutrients and is key for good hormonal health & mood. Even better, it helps the body burn fat as omega 3 essential fats help to boost your metabolism.
However, it is important that most of the fat that you eat should come from unsaturated sources, both monounsaturated (MUFA) and polyunsaturated (PUFA). These good-for-you foods (like fish, seeds, nuts, leafy vegetables, olive oil, and of course, avocados) pack tons of nutrients. Therefore, if you want to boost both your body & your brain, I recommend having a small amount of healthy fat with each meal as this will also help to balance blood sugar and keep you satiated, curbing sugar cravings. For a delicious & super easy to make pudding that is packed with those all-important essential fats click here – http://www.nutrition-works.com/2018/02/20/berry-chai-pudding/