Originally posted on http://blog.amplemeal.com/2017/08/ample-rich-fat/.
Ample has four different fats in it: Macadamia nut oil, coconut oil, chia seed oil, and sunflower lecithin.
I get a lot of questions about the fats in Ample. They’re a little unusual – it’s not every day that you see macadamia nut oil, chia seed, coconut oil, and sunflower lecithin in the same product – but there’s a method to the madness. I’ll take you through my rationale.
In a nutshell, I wanted three things from the fats in Ample:
- Nutrition. That meant a spectrum of useful saturated, monounsaturated, and omega-3 fats, with very few omega-6 fats, and no artificial trans fats (by the way, you can read about the different types of fat here).
- Satiety. I wanted Ample to leave you full for a few hours. Fat plays a big role in that.
- Taste. Food is one of the great pleasures in life. I definitely didn’t want to compromise on flavor.
Here’s how I settled on macadamia nut oil, coconut oil, chia seed oil, and sunflower lecithin for Ample’s formula. Let’s start with the tastiest one: macadamia nut oil.
Macadamia nut oil for monounsaturated fats
I started off looking for a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids (affectionately known as MUFAs).
MUFAs are the happy middle child of the fat world. Your body converts them into energy well. They’re relatively stable. They’re not inflammatory. In short, they’re good healthy fats. MUFAs are one of the main attractions of the famous Mediterranean Diet, which links to low risk of heart disease and dementia…