The new craze is not protein balls, but now fat balls, sometimes known as fat bombs. And no I don’t mean for birds, these are the new craze in wellness circles. The little balls are usually made from a mixture of butter, seeds, coconut oil and other oils. The craze is hyped to be great if you’re following a low carbohydrate diet and is labelled as great for feeding the brain!
In reality these are highly calorific and although its true we do need some fat in our diet, healthy sources from ‘real’ foods such as oily fish, avocados and nuts and seeds are a much better source. Including fat balls in your diet would mean you are including a highly calorific snack, which would not be recommended.
If you are trying to feed your brain, the brains actual preferred energy source is from carbohydrate and consuming healthy unrefined carbohydrates means we can also ensure we have a good fibre and b-vitamin intake too. The brain also needs healthy PUFAs in the form of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, the best sources of these are from oily fish, eggs, avocados and nuts and seeds.
So, the best dietary advice would be to avoid highly calorific snacks, eat a wide variety of foods, including plenty of colourful vegetables, oily fish, nuts and seeds and don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep the body and brain hydrated!