Twenty years ago, it would have been taboo to recommend a high fat diet.
Even the healthiest high fat foods like eggs, nuts, and healthy oils weren’t understood to have the alkalizing and weight loss effects on your body we know they have today.
In this article, I’m going to tell you about the best high fat alkaline foods.
High Fat Foods vs. High Carb Foods
Although almost all of our articles here at Living Phit focus strictly on alkaline low carb foods, fat is a very vital and important component of our diets.
You need a certain amount in your diet to stay healthy.
I know that fat has gotten a real bad rep, but here’s what the folks at Healthy for Good Heart have to say about dietary fat in your diet:
Does my body need fats?
Yes, it does. Dietary fats are essential to give your body energy and to support cell growth. They also help protect your organs and help keep your body warm. Fats help your body to absorb some nutrients and produce important hormones, too. Your body definitely needs fat.
If the dietary heart expects say we need fat in our diet – we need to eat some fat to stay healthy.
Types of Dietary Fat
Having said this, let’s calm down and keep our perspective about fat.
There are good fats and there are bad fats which we should avoid.
In fact there are 4 types of fats including:
- Saturated fat
- Trans fat
- Monounsaturated fat
- Polyunsaturated fat
Some healthy fats that provide our bodies with numerous health benefits are slightly acidic.
But, that’s okay and I will explain why.
Remember the 60/40 Alkaline to Acidic Food Ratio
Although any type of acidic food sounds contrary to the alkaline diet philosophy, that’s not actually true either.
We have mentioned in a number of articles that most dietary experts suggest that a truly healthy diet consists of a 60/40 ratio of alkaline foods to acidic foods to maintain a healthy diet.
Take a look at the chart below:
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The true objective of any diet to keep the alkaline pH levels balanced is to simply focus on a higher ratio of alkaline food to acidic food.
And, keep in mind that many mildly or moderately acidic foods can also supply the body with lots of vitamins, nutrients and minerals. (1)
And, if you’re worried about weight gain, I would say that your concern is largely unfounded.
This is because the real culprits for weight gain are high glycemic carbs and the loads of processed white sugar found in many processed and fast foods.
Don’t forget that another unhealthy food villain to avoid is alcohol.
If you need help with sticking with a diet that focuses on an alkaline low-carb diet, then take a look at the ConcenTrace mineral drops below.
Best High Fat Alkaline Foods
So, here is our pick at Living Phit for the best high-fat alkaline foods to include in your diet.
And, like I said earlier – some of the following may be slightly or moderately acidic – but that’s okay
So, take a deep breath and let’s look your healthy choices for the best high fat alkaline foods.(3)
- The Avocado
This is without a doubt one the healthiest fruits around. This fruit is rich with monounsaturated (LDL) fat and tons of vitamin E.
Vitamin E will improve your body’s immune system. It also has folates which is especially beneficial for pregnant women.
Many people don’t realize this, but avocado is also one of the best food sources of potassium.
You can use it a vast variety of recipe dishes and even consider Avocado oil to use in salads.
Can’t go wrong with this healthy powerhouse.
- Coconut Oil
This oil is also fantastic for cooking purposes. It’s easy to digest and provides essential fats that are necessary for the brain and your memory ability. It raises the good LDL and helps the heart.
We suggest you go with the extra virgin brands of this product. We also suggest you might use it sparingly because some people find the taste a bit strong.
Coconut oil contains MCTs which known as Medium Chain Triglycerides. These fats are easily converted into energy by the liver and also produces ketones.
Ketones are known to have many beneficial health effects for the human brain. (4)
The high saturated fat content of coconut oil make it very heat stable and is a great choice for cooking.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Please note that not just any olive oil will suffice here. We want to especially emphasize “Extra Virgin.”
The ”extra” is important because it means it is the highest grade of olive oil you can find. It means that the oil comes from the first pressing of the olives and contains the highest concentration of polyphenol antioxidants.
This oil contains a high amount of monounsaturated fats.
It’s also known as an anti-inflammatory so it helps people who suffer from various chronic inflammation issues.
Unfortunately, very few of the olive oils on the shelves at the grocery store are actually high quality, pure olive oil. Many are cut with toxic, cheap vegetable oils to make more profit.
Very few people are aware of this corruption and are receiving poor-quality inflammatory oil without realizing it. Check out The Truth in Olive Oil to learn more.
Olive oil is amazing to put on salads but it is not heat-stable so it should NOT be used for high heat cooking.
Here is the high-quality, pure olive oil we recommend:
- Grass-fed Butter and Ghee
Sadly, all the flawed research and corruption took good old-fashioned butter off the table in most peoples’ homes, replacing it with margerine: a toxic trans fat no one should ever eat!
Well, the science confirms what humans knew for centuries, which is that high-quality butter coming from healthy, grass-fed cattle is excellent for your health.
Real butter has both omega-3 AND omega-6 fatty acids, both of which are good for brain and skin health.
Butter is also rich in vitamins, butyric acid, and trace minerals like selenium which is an antioxidant.Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter – Salted (8 ounce)
Grass-fed Ghee may infact be our favorite fat! This heat stable, incredibly delicious clarified butter tastes amazing and is the best option for high heat cooking.
Ghee contains a variety of vitamins such as A, D and E and it has the extra advantage of being “lactose and casein” free.
Ancient Organics has the highest-quality, best tasting Ghee we have come across! Pick some up today, you won’t regret it…
Although many types of fish are considered as slightly or moderately acidic, there are many health benefits found with eating fish.
Many species of fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. You should know that the body cannot produce these acids on its own.
The species of fish that are very abundant in omega-3 includes salmon and sardines. Make sure you focus on wild salmon because the ocean spawned farm variety of salmon has some issues. (5)
You can also opt for a variety of wild lake fish as well so long as the water they come from is relatively pristine and pollution free.
Cod liver oil is also an excellent choice! It is packed with omega 3 fatty acids DHA/EPA and is also high in vitamins A and D.
- Walnut oil
Walnuts are known for their ability to improve brain health. They are considered by many to be the worlds healthiest nut.
They are packed with nutrients and contain an excellent balance of omega 3’s. omega 6’s, and omega 9’s.
I love putting roasted walnut oil in my salads and as the base for my homemade healthy mayo!
- Seeds and Nuts
Nuts and seeds are a great way to incorporate healthy fats into food options.
Many of these can be also rich in omega-3. You definitely want to avoid any sugar coated or flavored nuts and seeds.
The healthiest options are raw since the roasting process destroys beneficial enzymes and can damage valuable nutrients.
They make a great healthy alternative to snacking and can be used in a variety of recipes.
Some of your healthiest choices include the following:
- Walnuts Food to Live Organic Walnuts Shelled (Kosher, Bulk) — 1 Pound
- Almonds Raw Organic Almonds Bulk by Food to Live
- Hazelnuts Organic Hazelnuts / Filberts by Food to Live (Raw, No Shell, Kosher, Bulk) — 8 Ounces
- Macadamia nuts Food to Live Organic Macadamia Nuts (Raw) (1 Pound)
- Brazil nuts Food to Live Organic Brazil Nuts (Raw, Unshelled, Kosher) — 1 Pound
- Chia Seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Fennel seeds
- Dark Chocolate
Yay! Now, folks calm down and pay careful attention.
I’m not talking about every type of chocolate so don’t go run out and buy those chocolate candy bars. It’s “DARK” chocolate only!
Dark chocolate has at least 70% of cacao or more and is very low in sugar. Chocolate bars are loaded with sugar and unhealthy HDL.
The reason dark chocolate is okay is because it’s rich in antioxidants and flavanols.
Flavanols help to lower blood pressure and helps blood circulation to both the brain and the heart. It can actually improve your cognitive performance.
Lily’s is our #1 recommended, Sugar-free healthy chocolate!
Healthy Acidic Fatty Food Alternatives
The following foods might be considered somewhat controversial for the alkaline dietary food purist.
But, they can also have many health nutritional benefits while providing you with the fat you need to incorporate in your diet.
I’ll leave you to decide if you want to skip these, but I suggest you do some research on your own. (6)
Here we go…
The debate has been going on for some time now.
Eggs good… eggs bad…eggs good…
Research now appears to suggest that eggs do not raise your cholesterol levels and may actually do the reverse.
Eggs also contain choline which is good for the brain. They can reduce the risk of “metabolic syndrome” which includes:
- Lowering cholesterol levels
- Lowering high blood sugar levels
- Reducing the risk for heart disease and stroke, and
- Type 2 diabetes
The other controversy surrounds whether you should avoid egg yolk. Research now shows that egg yolk contains both nutrients and healthy fat.
Whole eggs may, in fact, be one of the most nutritionally well-rounded foods on the planet!
We suggest you focus on pasture-raised organic eggs as they are clearly the healthiest. (7)
10. Organic Beef – 100% Grass Fed
Yes, beef is considered as acidic, but as I said above some acid food is necessary for out diet.
Additionally, overcooked meats are very acidic to our bodies, but when you have your meat cooked rare, it is far less acidic.
It’s important to understand that beef (eaten in small amounts – around 4 ounces per serving) provides essential amino acids the body needs.
But, grass fed beef also provides the additional advantage of giving you more omega-3 fatty acids than beef fed by grains.
Grass fed beef also provides more CLA (conjugated Linoleic acid) which helps prevent cancer. CLA also lowers bad cholesterol.
Also, organically “grass fed” beef also tends to have far less of a risk being full of antibiotics and hormones found in grain fed beef.
Grass-fed beef contains the same omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acid ratio that our brains have.
Just make sure you understand the difference.
And, if you are still having trouble sticking with an alkaline diet, there are supplements that can help you achieve your goal.
Here, at Living Phit we recommend ConcenTrace by Trace Mineral Research!