Like carbs, fat has had its fair share of bad press and people are often quick to shun this whole food group. Again, things are complicated when it comes to nutrition and it’s important to realise that, just like carbs, not all fat is equal. For example, polyunsaturated fats, especially omega 3s, have been linked to a range of beneficial health outcomes, such as improved cardiovascular function. Saturated fat, on the other hand, especially that from meat (as opposed to dairy), has been associated with increased LDL (so-called “bad”) cholesterol. Oily fish, such as salmon and mackerel, are great sources of omega 3s, but, if you don’t like fish or are vegetarian, so too are walnuts and chia seeds.
Is butter better for me than other types of fats and spreads?
Like all foods, butter contains a mixture of fats; some saturated, and some unsaturated. However, the majority of fat in butter is saturated. Therefore, swapping butter for fats and oils that are lower in saturated fat and higher in unsaturated fats (such as olive oil), is beneficial for your health. The only exception is during high-temperature cooking. If you are unsure about where to make these swaps and want more help with your diet, I currently offer dietary consultations as well as individually tailored meal plans. To request either of these services, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.