Raw desserts are generally high in fat, as they are mostly based on nuts and coconut oil. But is eating this kind of fat the same as eating bread, pasta or refined sugars? Can these kinds of fat actually make you lose weight?
We’re all getting more and more health conscious these days and there’s a lot of contradictory information out there leaving us all as consumers, confused. But we’re here to get down to the nitty gritty and clear up the confusion.
Raw plant fats are extremely healthy; they are our sources of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids as well as healthy saturated fats. And now you’re thinking “Healthy saturated fats??” Yes. Healthy saturated fats. We use high quality cold pressed and organic coconut oil – the queen of healthy saturated fats. Here’s a few reasons why:
Although coconut oil is a saturated fat the body does not store it as fat. It immediately gets processed in the liver and used as energy. But not only does it not make us gain weight but it can actually help us lose excess weight by stimulating our metabolism. Some holistic doctors, such as world renowned Dr.
Gabriel Cousens, recommend a ketogenic diet (around 40% of calories coming
from raw plant fats) for general health and wellbeing. On a ketogenic diet the body relies on fats for energy instead of carbs and causes the body to go into fat-
burning mode. We aren’t used to thinking about fats in this way but studies have
shown that high quality and most importantly raw plant fats bring us to our ideal weight.
Saturated fat from coconut oil has been shown to raise good blood cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad blood cholesterol (LDL) – contributing to cleaner arteries and therefore less strain on the heart. This is the opposite effect of saturated fats from animal origin, which clog our arteries.
The brain is composed of 2/3 fat so to support its healthy functioning an adequate intake of high quality fats is essential. People deficient in omega-3 and
cholesterol are particularly at risk of experiencing reduced mental cognition, memory problems, depression and other mental health related issues. Saturated
fat from coconut oil helps convert short chain omega-3s (found in flax seeds) into
longer chains making our brain use them more efficiently. Coconut oil is also good to help the liver increase its cholesterol output in those that are prone to deficiency (vegans), while not endangering those that do consume cholesterol from animal products since it simultaneously cleans out the arteries of LDL cholesterol.
The fatty acid lauric acid found in coconut oil is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and
anti-viral agent. It cleans out our whole digestive system of potentially dangerous bacteria, viruses and the commonly known fungi Candida albicans. By killing unwanted bacteria and fungi the famously good bacteria Lactobacillus found in the intestines can thrive. The health implications of a Candida infection are numerous and shockingly the vast majority of our population has some degree of Candida overgrowth without even knowing it. By reducing our sugar intake and eating more coconut oil we can keep this fungus in check.
So although our desserts are rich in fat don’t be discouraged. We assure you that
we only use the highest quality of fat one could possibly eat and it will give you
countless health benefits whilst tasting delicious – if we may say so ourselves.