With their creamy and rich texture, avocados are truly nature's butter. One of the healthiest fruit, avocadoes are rich in monounsaturated healthy fats, in particular oleic acid which, means they are beneficial in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and reducing inflammation. Among its health benefits, avocadoes can support immune system function, benefit eye health, aid in weight loss and appetite regulation, maintain healthy blood pressure and keep our good gut bacteria happy.
Vilified for years and substituted with other lesser 'butter-like' substances such as margarine and vegetable oil spreads, butter was thought to contribute to heart disease due to its saturated fat content. However, critical analysis of the evidence between certain types of saturated fat and cardiovascular disease, do not support its link to heart disease. Real butter, especially the organic and from grass-fed animals, offers a number of benefits as a healthy fat. Butter has the fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 which, help brain function and are necessary for skin health.
There's been a lot of hype surrounding coconut oil in recent years with many labelling it as a 'superfood' due to its many health benefits and applications. Coconut oil is extracted from the dried flesh of the coconut. While coconut oil and coconut milk are made up of mostly saturated fat, about half of the saturated is actually a beneficial type of fat known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). The MCTs in coconut oil are made up of lauric, caprylic and capric fatty acids. In the body, lauric acid converts to monolaurin, a compound know to boost and support the immune system.
This Mediterranean food staple is full of healthy fatty acids and antioxidants with a myriad of benefits on a number of health conditions. Olive oil is made by crushing olives and putting them through a press to squeeze out the oil. The crushed olives can be pressed numerous times. the first pressing creates what is known as extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the preferred oil to be consumed as it has the most amount of powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds called polyphenols.