I love coconut oil.
I think it has some amazing research behind it and it can be a really healthy food for some people. I recently posted a post filled with research on why coconut oil is a healthy fat as well as how you can include it in your diet.
But it’s just not the healthiest option for me.
Let me start this post off with a couple of questions:
- Olive oil or coconut oil – or does it depend if you’re cooking?
- Grass fed beef or seafood?
- Low carb diet or high carb diet?
- Drinking coffee or avoiding it?
There is research backing up all these foods and ways of eating so how do we know what to eat and why I am now avoiding coconut oil?
Well it comes back to bio-individuality which I have talked about before but now go deeper into with the work I do with genetic testing.
For me, olive oil, seafood, a moderate to low carb diet and avoiding coffee is optimal (want to know if coffee is actually good for you or not?). Similar to the mediterranean diet plan below.
But your ideal diet may look totally different!
There is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ (in anything in life).
Find what you actually NEED by getting the data (not trial and error), make the tweaks you need to optimise your health and you will see a difference.
Why I Now Avoid Saturated Fat
Apolipoprotein E (APOe) gene is responsible for synthesizing a protein, which carries cholesterol and other fats through the blood, around your body. If you eat a high-fat diet, your body makes more APOE. APOE is also important for brain development and the repair of brain structures after damage. There are different variations of this gene and some of them like the variation 4/4 that I am, are linked to higher risks of some diseases especially if inactive or eating a diet high in saturated fats.
In order to reduce my risk and ensure I am eating for optimised health my diet needs to look more like a mediterranean diet with lots of olive oil and fish rather than coconut oil and grass fed beef and exercise is important.
Below is some of the other gene variations we look at when it comes which types of fat are going to work best for your body. You can see from the report that my body does best on a healthy dose of mono-unsaturated fats such as olive oil and avocados, I can add in some poly-unsaturated fats from foods such as nuts and salmon and will keep saturated fats to less than 5% of my calories by indulging in a little cheddar cheese or grass fed meat just every now and then.
Since I eat a relatively plant based diet anyways, these changes were relatively easy for me to make. The main tweaks involved swapping over my go to cooking oil from coconut to olive oil and adding in more fresh fish and seafood. Oh and reducing cheese and greek yogurt (which I am known to indulge in).
Next week I’ll go through my genetic testing results for carbohydrates and protein and show you how I am slowly optimising my own diet based on my genes. It’s amazing the genes we can now look at that affect things like hunger and satiety, the best way to reduce belly fat, how you should exercise and what might be disturbing your sleep.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can get this data for your own body and how you can learn to eat for your DNA, click the link below and schedule in for a free discovery call.
To your health,
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