Healthy Fats for Energy Conversion

Article at a Glance

  • Healthy fats such as coconut oil, contain lauric acid converts to energy quickly and is unlikely to be stored as body fat
  • Coconut Oil has short-chain, medium-chain, and long-chain fatty acids
  • Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat
  • Quinoa has anti-inflammatory anti-viral and anti-cancer properties
  • Sunflower lecithin has a balanced amount of linoleic acid, an essential omega-6 fat

Coconut oil for healthy saturated fats

Saturated fat gets a bad rap, but it’s actually quite useful for your body, provided you get it from good sources. I’d say it’s misunderstood – several recent meta-analyses suggest that overall saturated fat intake doesn’t correlate to heart disease and that the actual story is a little more nuanced [7,8].  

Coconut oil turns out to be an excellent choice. For starters, it’s about 96% saturated fat. Check.

What makes coconut oil special, though, is its comprehensive fat profile: it has short-chain, medium-chain, and long-chain fatty acids, each of which offers unique benefits [9].

Roughly half of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, which converts to energy quickly and is unlikely to be stored as body fat [10]. In fact, a single but well-controlled study found that coconut oil helped women lose abdominal fat, potentially because of lauric acid [11]. Your body also turns some lauric acid to monolaurin, an antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal compound that kills pathogens without disrupting your gut bacteria [12].

In short, we chose coconut oil because:

  • It has a variety of beneficial fats.
  • You metabolize it into energy quickly and fully.

And coconut oil tastes great. It’s a win all around.

Moroccan-Style-Quinoa-Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quinoa for Omega-3s and Amino Acids

We chose quinoa as it includes a omega-3 fatty acids but also one of the most nutrient-dense grains available. Fish oil may be higher in omega-3s but it also, well, tastes like fish versus quinoa provides a nice crunch found in all Real Food Bars. Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids.

Quinoa contains large amounts of flavonoids, including quercetin and kaempferol. These are potent plant antioxidants with numerous health benefits including anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. It also is low glycemic. Eating foods that are high on the glycemic index can stimulate hunger and contribute to obesity (1920). Quinoa has a glycemic index of 53, which is considered low (22).

Quinoa’s Major Health Benefits Include:

1. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat

2. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains

3. Quinoa contains Iron

4. Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2)

5. Quinoa has a high content of manganese.

6. Quinoa is low glycemic and an excellent option for diabetes

 

Sunflower lecithin for omega-6s and choline

Sunflower seeds contain an omega-6 called linoleic acid. It’s an essential fatty acid, meaning you need it to function and your body can’t produce it on its own, so you have to get it from food.

Linoleic acid is great for you … as long as you’re only getting a small amount of it. That’s why there’s not too much sunflower lecithin in Real Food Bars – I wanted enough to create a balanced meal, but not so much that it screws up your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio.

The other cool thing about sunflower lecithin? It’s an emulsifier. That means it attracts both liquids and fats and keeps them together. Sunflower lecithin is the reason Real Food Bar blends into a nice creamy/chewy consistency, instead of turning into a separated mess that disintegrates in your hands.

Sunflower lecithin is also a stellar source of choline, which keeps your nerves, muscles, and brain functioning [16], helps your liver break down fat, and may keep your heart strong [17].

Summing up:

  • Sunflower lecithin has a balanced amount of linoleic acid, an essential omega-6 fat
  • It keeps Real Food Bar’s consistency creamy
  • It has lots of choline, which keeps your brain running smoothly (By the way, egg yolks are another awesome source of choline)