Once upon a time…
There was olive oil.
And even snake oil ;-))
So I get it
you got the farmers saying Rapeseed oil is the best…
The Mediterranean’s carrying olive oil in their travel mugs…
Angelina Jolie eating insects
^^^ Had to drop that in there
And guru’s claiming that coconut oil will end global warming
^^^ Which according to Donald Trump…was made up by the Chinese…
The Daily Mail are really trying to confuse you now, right.
Carbs were created by satan and make you pile on the pounds
Protein is worse than smoking
Rapeseed oils are better than butter
Butter is now better again
You can eat as much fat as you want and still lose weight…
I could go on
Now, I was asked by a member of my Female Fat Loss Mastery last week:
Is avocado oil worse than butter?
Here’s the thing…
When it comes to the fats you eat…
I want you to remember this acronym
^^^ I use this in the diabetes education work I do in the NHS
F requency – number of times per day you eat it
A mount – how much of it you eat
T ype – saturated, unsaturated, trans fats
Because when it comes to ditching the stomach fat and dropping a dress size
Whether you eat the fat in a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, an avocado, bacon, a Catalan crème brulee, or a good old salmon fillet
Each gram of fat WILL give you the same amount of calories and energy
So, the Frequency and the Amount matter.
Overeat and you WILL put on weight!
Now, as for the Types of fats
They can have an impact on your health markers and – potentially – weight loss
You’ve got the olive oils and avocados (AKA Mono-unsaturated fats)
^^^ Which have been shown to have a good impact on your cholesterol
You’ve got your cheese and animal fat (AKA saturated fats)
^^^ Which appear to actually be pretty neutral with regards to your cholesterol…
You’ve got your vegetable oils and nuts / seeds (AKA polyunsaturated fats)
^^^ Which if used at high heats, may not be so good for you (and are often easy to overeat…)
You’ve got your oily fish, like salmon and mackerel (AKA omega 3 fats)
^^^ Which we know can help your brain, joints, recovery, boost your immune system, and boost your ability to use protein and get lean!
And finally – on this whistle stop tour – you have your trans fats (the evil guys)
^^^ Which are linked with everything from diabetes to heart disease and weight gain…unsurprisingly found in cakes, biscuits, some vegetable oils, and highly processed foods! Look out for hydrogenated oil (as they are sometimes called)
So can you say avocado oil is worse than butter?
Well, not really
As it also depends on the Amount and Frequency
Context is key
Avocado oil is high in monounsaturated fats which have been shown be to “good” for you
But these fats are also in an avocado 😃
And olive oil
Which – last time I checked – is cheaper and much tastier than avocado oil
^^^ maybe my Mediterranean background makes me biased
Fry a steak on the odd occasion and want to use some garlic butter?
Go for it.
Looking to save calories?
Use 1kcal spray
Like the taste of avocado oil?
Go for it
^^^ I’d prefer to just eat an avocado personally…
As usual, it’s what you do on average that counts
Which is exactly why I aim to get you enjoying your food again
Rather than adding another stress (on top of the shopping, work, kids)
About what the best fat is