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Are you falling for these nutrition myths?

Myth #1: Fat makes you fat.

Truth: Although fat has more calories per gram than protein and carbohydrates, that fact is somewhat irrelevant in the fat and weight discussion.

  • Fat mass is more about hormones than calories.
  • It is sugar and refined carbohydrates that initiate the hormonal shift resulting in fat gain.
  • Sugar and carbs make us hungrier and more apt to have cravings and overeat.

Fat, on the other hand, makes us feel full and keeps us feeling full longer.

Fat is important for so many reasons, including these:

  • Fat is an essential part of every single cell in the body.
  • The all-important fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) require fat for proper absorption.
  • Fat assists with protein digestion.
  • Certain healthy fats act as powerful agents in managing inflammation in the body.
  • Fat is also a steady and consistent energy source.

Fat is an important nutrient with many important roles in the body providing many benefits.

Not all fat is created equal. Some healthy fats to include in your diet include:

  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Coconut oil
  • Ghee or grass-fed butter
  • Olive oil
  • Oily fish
  • Grass-fed meats

Bottom Line: Fat does not make you fat.

Recommended Reading:

  • Eat Fat Lose Fat by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig.
  • The Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet.

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Banana Chocolate “Ice Cream”

Ingredients

  • 4 Bananas, peeled, frozen, and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ cup Nut Butter of choice

Instructions

  1. Place the frozen banana slices in the food processor or blender. Process until fluffy, creamy and smooth. You will probably have to keep scraping the sides and pushing the bananas down occasionally until the ice cream texture is achieved.
  2. Once the bananas are the texture of ice cream, add the cocoa powder and nut butter to the bananas and process again until well combined.
  3. Serve right away. If you choose to freeze it after making it or because you have leftovers, let thaw on the counter about 10 minutes before scooping so it’s not so rock hard.

From www.ourpaleolife.com

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Flourless Brownies

Ingredients:
1 15-oz can organic black beans, rinsed and drained
3 eggs
1/3 cup melted organic butter
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/8 tsp sea salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup plus 2 tbls coconut sugar
1/2 cup enjoy life chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Butter an 8-inch baking pan. Combine all ingredients, except nuts and choc. chips, and blend in a food processor until smooth. Removed blade and add in chips and nuts. Transfer mixture to the pan.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Cool before cutting into squares. Enjoy!
(source: www.thewholejourney.com)