Fat For Fuel
First of all for those who do not know ... FAT DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT! Especially healthy unsaturated and some saturated in moderate amounts. Keto is very popular today and it’s all about fuelling the body with fat versus carbs (especially refined) and truth be told the body actually prefers to use fat as fuel more than carbs. However - it has been proven time and again that no one should stay in a state of ketosis for a long period of time as it is very difficult for the body to maintain a healthy thriving self. If you are going to focus on Keto learn how to carb cycle. The way I like to explain is when you consume a carb molecule the body burns it up within seconds and then has to search for another source of energy (very short term). This is why when you eat a bagel or a bowl of cereal in the morning you are hungry again within an hour. When you consume a fat molecule the body has to take more time to burn it and the energy is consistent and more long term (minutes vs seconds). So if you have eggs and bacon in the morning you won’t be hungry for a few hours.
There is definitely a difference between saturated and unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature (like olive oil or avocado oil), unlike saturated fats that are solid at room temperature (like butter or coconut oil). There are two main forms of healthy unsaturated fats, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. Due to the difference in their chemical structure, they have slightly different health benefits.
Polyunsaturated fats are the omega 3's and 6's. 3's are more anti-inflammatory and 6's are more inflammatory - though there needs to be a healthy balance in order for the body to thrive. Omega's are fuond in salmon, sardines, eggs, walnuts, pecans flaxseed and chia seeds! Monounsaturated fats are found in olive and peanut oil, nuts and avocado. These fats, when replacing unhealthy fats, can cause cholesterol to lower! This type of fat is also linked to a reduction in heart disease and better blood sugar control.