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Gute und schlechte Fette

Fat makes you fat - myth or fact?

It is not uncommon for us to get feedback on our nucao and nuseed bars that goes something like this: “WHAT?? that much fat? And that is supposed to be healthy?”. No wonder, since fat has been viewed negatively for so long.

From a scientific point of view, fats are just a combination of glycerol and fatty acids whose main purpose is to supply the body with energy.

An important micronutrient

Fat is one of the three macronutrients that are vital to the human body. But we shouldn't think about the love handles that bother us when we look in the mirror (we shouldn't bother about them anyway, because we are good the way we are ❤️), but about the advantages that fats have for have the human body. She:

  • maintain cell elasticity
  • protect the cell membrane from damage
  • create thermal insulation
  • are involved in the synthesis of sex hormones
  • promote the absorption of vitamins A, D, K

Adipose tissue is the body's energy reserve. An interesting fact - as long as someone has water and vitamins, they can live on the stored energy for about 60 days.

According to dietician recommendations, the ideal fat intake for adults is approximately 30% of daily caloric intake.

Saturated vs unsaturated

Generally, fats are divided into two types: saturated and unsaturated. They differ in chemical structure and effect on the body. The saturated substances found in animal products and industrial baked goods can be harmful: they increase cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease. Unsaturated fats, in turn, lower blood cholesterol levels. They are found in large amounts in plant foods and oils. They are labeled as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated on the packaging.

What are saturated fats?

They are mainly present in animal or highly processed foods, for example:

  • Dairy products
  • butter
  • Cheese
  • meat
  • hot dog
  • Palm oil
Saturated fat in cheese

Which products contain unsaturated, "good" fatty acids?

They are mainly found in plant foods and fish. Vegetable suppliers are for example..

  • avocado
  • Almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts
  • olive oil
  • mustard oil
  • Fish (Omega-3 and Omega-6)
  • soybeans
  • sunflower and linseed oil
  • grape seeds, sesame.

Omega-3, Omega-6 and the right ratio

Sooner or later you will not be able to avoid two fatty acids: omega-3 and omega-6.

Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids work together to lower cholesterol levels. However, research has shown that consuming more omega-6 than omega-3 is not as good and often leads to inflammation and weight gain. So it depends on the right ratio.

Small spoiler at this point: Our ingredient superhero, the hemp seeds, have the ideal balance of omega-3 and omega-6 of 3:1 and enrich the body with additional vitamins and minerals.

Avocado - everyone loves it

Sometimes it's hard to believe that this incredibly tasty fruit can be so useful. While you should still limit yourself to a quarter or a half of an avocado per meal, there's no reason to fear their calories. Avocados are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, which include oleic acid. This can actually help suppress hunger. It's also a source of protein and fiber, unlike regular butter.

However, you should keep in mind that the avocado does not win a sustainability award. That's why it rarely ends up on our plates.

Good fats in avocado

High quality olive oil

Olive oil is rich in antitumor polyphenols and heart-strengthening monounsaturated fats, including oleic acid.

Studies have shown that a diet high in olive oil leads to increased levels of the hormone adiponectin, which breaks down fat in the body and helps reduce body weight.

Another reason to include this oil in your diet: it can increase levels of the happiness hormone serotonin.

Healthy fat in olive oil

Flaxseed & psyllium husks: little fiber miracles

There's a whopping 48 grams of unsaturated fat in one cup of ground flaxseed. One person only needs one tablespoon. Flaxseeds are an excellent source of omega-3.

In addition, flaxseed contains up to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods. These nutrients contain both plant estrogen and antioxidants.

Flaxseed and psyllium are full of insoluble and soluble fiber that can fill you up and regulate digestion.

Hemp seeds: our favorite superfood

Last but not least, we would like to once again pay tribute to our favorite superfood: hemp seeds. We like them so much that we not only put them in our products, but also dedicated a blog post to them.

So… is fat not so bad after all?

You guessed it: fat doesn't necessarily make you fat, and it's not necessarily unhealthy either. On the contrary, if you make the right choices and integrate them into a balanced diet, combined with enough protein and complex carbohydrates, fat can even be healthy and, while we're not fans of the weight loss craze, it can make you slim.

So quality matters and we promise: In our bars you will only find organic ingredients of the highest quality that you can enjoy without hesitation.

Healthy fats in seeds and nuts