Not until recently that fat is back on the diet. In the past, fats are vilified. Of course, there are two kinds of fats, the good and bad fats. Of course, you want to avoid the bad and focus eating the good fats.
There are lots of benefits eating a high-fat and low carb diet also known as the ketogenic diet. The Mediterranean diet also includes a decent amount of healthy fats through nuts, fish and olive oil. Additionally, healthy fat like coconut oil is also helpful on individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.
What’s interesting is that a study a meta-analysis study1 found that low levels of cholesterol in the blood due to inadequate fat in the diet is linked with higher risk of getting deeply depressed, or even suicidal. The researchers found that those individuals with the lowest level of cholesterol had 112% higher risk of having suicidal thoughts.
The researchers believed as they theorized that because the human brain is composed of 60% fat and 25% of the entire body’s cholesterol is in the brain. The brain cannot properly and optimally function when these are deficient. In addition, the researchers also found that those having low cholesterol impairs the ability to synthesize neurotransmitters effectively. It also impairs the transfer of the mood-boosting neurotransmitter serotonin.
But wait! Isn’t’ it that cholesterol is bad?
Just like fats, cholesterol has also been vilified for a long time. However, more and more studies and health experts agree that cholesterol is not a problem. Even saturated fat is not an issue anymore, although, there are still who opposed to it. However, it’s clear that saturated fat from coconut oil is highly beneficial in many areas including cancer prevention, weight loss, and energy booster.
And, speaking of serotonin, it is vital to note that majority of this mood-boosting neurotransmitter can be found and produced in the gut. Therefore, eating gut-friendly foods like fruits and vegetables, walnuts, eggs and avoiding GMO foods are vital.
Of course, including healthy fats oils like coconut and olive oils, avocado, nuts, fish and among many other sources of healthy fats always help.