The fats of life

Fat is good for you!

Eating the right kind of fat is essential for good health. In fact, unless you go out of your way to eat the right kind of fat-rich foods, such as seeds, nuts, avocados and  fish, the chances are that you are not getting enough good fat.

Essential fats can alleviate a whole range of problems including eczema, arthritis, depression and PMS to name but a few.

Essential fats cannot be made in the body, so you need to ensure that they are supplied by your diet. Most people are deficient in both Omega 6 and Omega 3 fats, though the modern diet is more likely to be deficient in Omega 3.

The best sources of Omega 3 are fish (especially the more oily fish such as mackerel, salmon and herring) and flax seeds (also known as linseeds) and their oil.

I eat a heaped tablespoon of my own seed mixture every day: this really helps to achieve an optimal intake of essential fats – the easy way.

I combine 500g of flax seeds (I like a mixture of golden and brown – but that is purely for aestethetic reasons), with a 500g mixture of sunflower, pumpkin and hemp seeds.

You could also add sesame seeds to the mixture: they are rich in Omega 6 as well as zinc, a very important immune boosting mineral.

Because some of these seeds are quite tough, I grind them in a coffee grinder which I only use for this purpose. This way, it is easier to get the nutrients from the seeds.

In the morning, I may add a tablespoon to my porridge or fruit + yoghurt, or I may sprinkle some over a salad or a bowl of soup if it suits the meal.

I am not keen on sprinkling seeds over everything indiscriminately, just because seeds are nutritious. A certain “healthy” ready meal brand springs to mind…

Essential fats oxidise easily and therefore lose their nutritional value if stored too long, especially if exposed to light.

So, work out a managable quantity of mixture to make + use (sticking to the half flax seeds + half other seeds combination) and store in the fridge in a tightly sealed glass jar.

A Killner jar is ideal for this purpose.

Try adding 1 tablespoon of seeds to your diet for a month and notice the difference – in your skin particularly!

Here’s to your good health!

Monique

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