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The Benefits of Fat and Healthy Sources

May 19, 2016 BY Joy McCarthy

Want beautiful skin and hair? Balanced hormones? Reduced inflammation? No more sugar cravings? Make sure you always include this essential macronutrient at every meal and snack – my favourite one in fact –FAT. 

I've created a video for you all about fat!

Fat has many roles and benefits in the body, as I've mentioned in my video, such as:

Skin: Good fat moisturizes the skin from the inside out. In fact, fatty acid deficiency manifest as dry skin. Having the right type of fat in abundance also keeps inflammatory skin problems, such as eczema, rosacea and acne, in check. For more tips on dealing with dry skin naturally, check out this post.

Hair: Makes your hair shiny. Fatty oils are secreted from the sebaceous glands in your scalp, which make your hair shine and prevent a flaky scalp.

Balanced hormones: Aid in the regulation of sex hormones. For more hormone-balancing solutions, I've got a five-part series on hormonal balance that you can find here.

Lowered inflammation: Turns off inflammatory chemical responses. Learn more foods to reduce inflammation.

Nutrient absorption: Aids in the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients, including vitamins A, D, E and K.

Cushions organs: Fat provides insulation, cushioning and support to your organs. 

Every single cell in your entire body is made of a layer of fat.

It's not the caloric value of fats that matter; it's the types of fats you're eating that really count. Examples of good fats are healthy oils like olive, pumpkin and coconut, as well as avocados, nuts and seeds.

Watch my video below and then check out my healthy and joyous recipes to ensure you get enough healthy fats every day.

Here are some of the tastiest joyous recipes that incorporate my fave sources of healthy fats!

This post was created in partnership with New Chapter, however all opinions are always my own. Read more about partnership ethos here .

May 19, 2016 BY Joy McCarthy
11 Comments
Lindsay   •   May 19, 2016

Hi Joy! Can you recommend a vegan or vegetarian omega supplement suitable for pregnancy?

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Heather Allen   •   May 19, 2016

Hi Lindsay! The brand Genestra makes a vegan Omega supplement that would be worth looking into :) All the best. Heather- Joyous Health team


Aubrey   •   May 20, 2016

Those cherry coconut macaroons look BOMB:)

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Nadine   •   May 27, 2016

Your video on healthy fats is so right. Since allowing myself to eat the right fats again , I've noticed a positive change in my hair, skin (eczema ) and nails. Thank you so much for all the help you provide. Love your website and books.

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Heather Allen   •   May 27, 2016

Thanks so much, Nadine! We're so thrilled to hear it's been helping. Thanks for sharing :) Heather- Joyous Health team


Xavier alvarado   •   May 27, 2016

We are interested in doing a interview an perhaps a 30 min program on JOY for our ushispanic and latnamerican network as a holistic nutritionist. Xavier alvarado President

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Heather Allen   •   May 27, 2016

Hi Xavier. Feel free to reach out to us at: hello@joyoushealth.com :) Heather- Joyous Health Team


Brianne Carter   •   June 1, 2016

Thanks for the list of healthy fats.. But how much would be a serving size? For oils, avocado, olives and nut butters, for example? Thanks! :)

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Heather Allen   •   June 2, 2016

Hi Brianne! As a general guideline, the serving size for healthy fats is about the size of your thumb :) Heather- Joyous Health Team


Laiza   •   July 3, 2017

Hi Joy, thanks for the video, very well explained👍🏼👍🏼 What do you think of high fat diets? How much percent of fat should a person eat a day in average?

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Rachel Molenda   •   July 4, 2017

Hey Laiza, So glad you enjoyed it :) We live by the mantra that "fat is your friend" and to integrate healthy sources at every meal. It really depends on the perosn though. Some people thrive on high fat diets with more of a moderate carbohydrate intake while some people do well with a moderate intake of fat. Your best bet is finding what feels best for your body, but you can start by aiming to including 20-30% healthy fat sources at each meal :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


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