Fast Fats - The good, the bad, and the 'superfoods'

Fats are a controversial topic. For many years fats have been considered bad, and low-fat diets considered healthy.

Fats were believed to slow down our metabolism, leaving us sluggish, lazy, and overweight. However, recent studies on fats, and the roles they play in our bodies have busted these myths. Fats (lipids) are essential in our bodies. Fats are a major source of energy, necessary for cell health, and cell regeneration. Although, you may still want to err on the side of caution regarding specific types of fats.

The simplest way to understand which fats are 'good' or 'bad', is to break down what the different types of fats are. The “good fats” include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats; like avocados, salmon, flaxseed, hemp, and any omega rich fats. “Bad fats” are industrial-made trans fats, created to eliminate rancidity of vegetable oils through altering and preserving them, but as a result of these processes they have become harmful to our bodies; like margarines. Saturated fats fall somewhere “in the middle”; like butter, lard, oils that form solid at room temperature.

Coconut oil is around 84% saturated fat. Although, unlike other kinds saturated fat, coconut oils saturated fat is made up mostly of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are actually good for the body and cell structure, and can minimise the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol (LDL – bad cholesterol), and help to remove bad cholesterol from your arteries (HDL – good cholesterol). Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a "superfood".

Almost 70% of avocado oil consists of heart-healthy oleic acid (a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid - good), which show beneficial effects on blood cholesterol levels, reducing LDL cholesterol levels, and lowering blood pressure.

Cocavo is an extra virgin, organic, sustainable and fair-trade oil blend of two of the healthiest oils for your body. The fair-trade and sustainable coconut oil comes from a small community in Samoa, which has helped to create jobs and efficient ways to extract the oil, adding value to the local economy. This is paired with Californian sourced avocado oil, creating a delicious, extremely healthy, multi-use, blended oil item. To harness the full range of health benefits both the coconut and avocado oils are cold-processed virgin oils (extracted without heat), which means the oil retains the original and natural health benefits, antioxidants and vitamins of the coconuts and avocados. Cold-pressed extra-virgin oils are the highest quality, and contain the highest quantity of nutrients for your body.

Overall, the blend of these two 'superfood' oils, coconut and avocado, makes for a cholesterol reducing, heart health supporting, cell regenerating, energy increasing, easy to use, delicious, and staple home item – Cocavo. Is it time for an oil change in your home?