The thing with eating organically and being green is that it doesn’t take up too much time to prepare a quick snack or a kale smoothie. Whether preparing for a detox diet or loading up certain herbs in your meals for the next couple of weeks, many food and drink choices made by organic food lovers are all about the health benefits. When they’re not good for us, however, we tend to shy away from them. But, what many people don’t know is that healthy fats are a vital ingredient to any diet.
Food Preparation and Cooking is as Important as the Produce
Food preparation gets talked about far less than it should. We tend to rely on old science about what’s in our foods and how to prepare them in a healthy way. A lot of the beliefs stem from science that’s now outdated and our ideas on what’s healthy haven’t updated with the times.
What good are organic greens that we grow in our vegetable garden at home if we don’t know how to include them in a delicious salad or as part of a meal cooked in a healthy way? While having the right organic ingredients as the base for any dish, the salad dressing or oil added during cooking must be a healthy choice as well.
Healthy Fats and Oils
The news with fats and oils has changed. Anyone who hasn’t read the detailed book by Nina Teicholz on why the common beliefs around saturated fats is wrong should rush out and pick up a copy. Teicholz covers in great detail – almost 500 pages – why the idea that saturated fats should be avoided at all costs is outdated and should be ignored.
In short, the information was disseminated decades ago based on bad science that existed at the time. The ideas have since been revised based on better peer reviewed studies that demonstrated the body requires healthy fats to perform well. Stripping out fatty oils because of their extra calories isn’t advisable any longer.
Moderation is the Key
The news about fats and oils means that we can afford to indulge in oils that contain some saturated fats. That doesn’t mean we should go wild with abandon and eat a bad diet – even an organic diet that has too much fat is bad for you. It just means that there’s no need to skip the delicious salad dressing to go with your organic greens picks fresh from the garden this morning because it has some fat in it.
When trying to lose weight, cutting out fats is also found not to be the best idea below a certain level. That means consuming three Big Macs daily won’t help you lose weight but going the complete opposite direction by having nothing fatty at all causes the body to preserve fat because you’re starving it. It’s not all about calories in and calories out. So, anyone who has gone organic to reduce chemicals and cut calories should bear that in mind.
Healthy food preparation and cooking is just as important as going organic. Both need to go hand-in-hand to have a successful dietary plan that works.