For the month of August, we’re focussing on foods that fuel your body’s powerhouse: Foods for the Brain.
Research has shown that the right food, or the properties found in certain ingredients, can enhance mental capabilities.
Eating the right foods can help you concentrate, keep you motivated, improve memory, speed reaction times, diffuse stress and perhaps even prevent brain ageing.
Not all fats are created equal
When we hear the word fat, there can often be a negative bias associated with it.
Low fat, high fat, no fat, saturated fat, unsaturated fat, good fat, bad fat… the list goes on and you end up fearing all fat for no real reason.
Fat is needed in a healthy, balanced diet as it’s a source of essential fatty acids, which the body cannot make itself.
Vitamin A, D and E are all fat-soluble which means they can only be absorbed with the help of fats in your diet.
By consuming ‘good fats’ (otherwise known as unsaturated fats, including polyunsaturated or monounsaturated), you’re helping to fuel your body with energy and you can help lower cholesterol. The good news is, unsaturated fats are found primarily in oils from plants.
Oil together now
Thanks to the powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols that are found in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, including it in your diet may not only improve learning and memory but also reverse the age and disease-related changes which can help prevent alzheimer's.
Hemp seed oil has a lovely nutty flavour and is high in omega 3, 6 and 9 which can help with brain function. More recently CBD oil is becoming widely available because of all the health benefits it contains. This is made from the cannabis plant, but is the non-psychoactive strain. It can help to reduce anxiety and relieve the ‘brain fog’ you can sometimes experience.
Coconut oil has become hugely popular over the last few years. It contains high levels of medium chain triglycerides or MCT’s. Triglycerides are simply the molecules that make up most fats. MCT oil has been linked with boosting brain power, as well as suppressing hunger and even improving stamina and endurance, perfect for workouts and long days at the office (when all you want to do is graze).
Let’s face the Fat
Don’t be afraid to include good quality oils in your diet. We love to use a variety of cold-pressed plant derived oils in our kitchen because variety is the spice of life.
For great tasting hemp seed oil, perfect for drizzling over leafy salads, we love to use Good Hemp.
For superb and ethical coconut oil that’s great for baking, look no further than Lucy Bee. They have a fantastic organic, raw and extra virgin oil that we’ve used at home for years.