With the mountain of nutrition information available on diets and health, it’s no wonder that many of us get confused when it comes to fat. Leading dietitian Susie Burrell is here to bust the myths on fat, break down the difference between good and bad fats, share with us why it’s important to keep fats within our diets, and provide us with a healthy Omega-3 Super Smoothie recipe that supports inflammation.
“There are a number of different types of fat, including saturated, trans fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, but while Aussies get plenty of fat overall, many of us still do not get enough of the ‘good fats’,” Susie says.
“Unprocessed, natural polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are the fats Australians need to eat more of and are commonly found in foods such as nuts or 100% natural nut spreads like Mayver’s Peanut Butter, seeds, oily fish, avocado and good quality Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil.”
What ideas does Susie have around fats and ageing?
When we look at the science of diet and anti-ageing there are several strategies. Firstly, reducing inflammation by increasing our intake of long chain Omega-3 fat from oily fish, nuts and seeds and reducing our intake of as much processed fat and sugar as we can is crucial for the long term. Secondly, we should be loading up on brightly coloured, antioxidant rich foods on a daily basis and there is also growing evidence that supplementing with collagen peptides can help improve the look and feel of the skin.
How can a diet with high fat (or the right fats) be beneficial for the skin?
High fat diets are not beneficial, rather it comes down to the right balance of good and bad fats. Ensuring we get 3-4 serves of good fat from Extra Virgin Olive Oil, nuts or 100% natural nut and seed spreads and oily fish each day will set us on a path for healthy, glowing skin.
Omega-3 Super Smoothie
Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 1Dairy Free (optional)/Gluten Free/Egg Free
2 tbsp Mayver’s Omega-3 Super Peanut Butter
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
1 cup spinach
1/4 cup kale
1 cup milk of choice
1 tsp chia seeds
- Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender.
- Blend ingredients until smooth.
- Pour into glass and enjoy!